Going by his strong will and zeal, not even the rumoured admonitions of constituents, Nigerians and politicians are enough to deter accomplished actor and director, Desmond Elliot from getting involved in the political arena as every Nigerian has a right to.
The Nollywood actor has his eyes fixed on representing the people of Surulere Constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Unarguably a successful entertainer with Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award in his kitty as well as the Africa Movie Academy Awards nomination to his credit, Desmond’s decision to go into politics remains one of the shockers of 2014 as far as the Nigerian entertainment scene is concerned.
As an entertainer with a successful career, Desmond has had benefiting as well as platonic relationships with top politicians in the last 5 years but his decision to run for an elective position was publicly hinted in the third quarter of 2014 after few of his colleagues in the entertainment industry had declared their intentions.
And just few weeks after his public declaration of his intention to contest for a seat at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Desmond was faced with the first hurdle in the murky waters of politics. His identity as an indigene of Lagos was questioned as several individuals passed him for a Nigerian from Niger Delta or the Igbo extraction.
However, Desmond is not one to become easily deterred or have a rethink of his declaration, he released political materials that include posters, T-shirts and press materials showing his Yoruba and most especially, Lagos descent clearly.