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Nigeria Would be better if we Devote Half the Interest and Energy Put into #BBNaija to Public Service Elections – Desmond Elliot



Desmond Elliot

Nollywood actor and member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Desmond Elliot has shared his thoughts on the just concluded Big Brother Naija Reality TV show.

Elliot made this known in an Instagram post on Monday. The lawmaker said that if citizens put in half as much interest and energy into Nigeria’s elections as it did for #BBNaija, the nation “would be a much better place being governed by our people of choice”.

He wrote:

Just a few lessons I believe we as a nation, a people can learn from:

1) We are all different in thoughts, actions and behavior but unique in many ways .Just as they tolerated one another we also should learn to do same

2) If we put in half as much interest and energy that we did in #bigbrothernaija2017, into those we elect into public offices (including yours truly) Naija would be a much better place being governed by our people of choice.

3) Nigerians are not as illiterate as we portray ourselves to be, obvious the masses vote for EFE, many flew out of the country to witness his “coronation” and KNEW EXACTLY what they wanted and they GOT IT

4) It pays to always be your self at all times, never let “them turn you to who (you’re) not. Bottom line if you can’t influence them, don’t join them !!!

Congratulations to Efe, may God grant you the wisdom to manage this… all of these so you come out tops in all your endeavors. Amen. I sign out


  1. Ottawa Queen

    April 10, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    As long as INEC is in charge of elections, our votes will never count sir! So what’s the point stressing? Until a credible source maybe like Deloitte is consulted and placed in charge of counting votes, only then will I show enthusiasm towards voting for a choice candidate in the coming elections.

  2. Anne

    April 10, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    If there is true democracy and the votes are counted fairly then everything will be fine. The reason most Nigerians don’t put too much energy voting their desires in is because elections get rigged. The winner is known before votes are counted. Instead of blaming the electorate, those at the helm of affairs should change their ways and take responsibility. I am tired of APC blaming PDP and vice versa . Right now, Nigerians just want the change they were promised .

  3. Stump

    April 10, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    The two knuckleheads above me are the reason why nigeria is the way it is. I dont blame you cos you’re not even in the country. So you are basically saying BBN is more important than selecting the right leader? SMDH

    • saide

      April 13, 2017 at 11:47 am

      what is the name of your local government chairman,person representing you at the house of reps? What have they done to better your lot and how much have they spent in doing this? If you dont know the answers to these questions,surely you are more of a knucklehead than those 2! How many people died during the last elections? what exactly are the terms ure using to quantify passion? The sooner pple like you realize it is not just about elections,the better for us! When i hear pple saying that buhari should wait until 2019,i just smh. whatever happened to demanding for good governance? y can sum1 be impeached in this country?Why do we have to sit and watch so called ‘messianic’ PASSIONATELY ELECTED’ government officials get away with the highest form of impunity?

  4. Desmond shut it please

    April 10, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Not in a country where election is rigged and power is given to one who promises to give position based on “favors” despite their incompetency. It’s not true democracy in Nigeria.
    Desmond Elliot, what qualified you in your new political position? Isn’t it just connection. And what small difference, effort are you making to make the country better. Let me even say state, your community. The problem with Nigeria is not voting because it’s a situation of choosing between too many devils. One hides it better than the other. It’s pointless.
    Why won’t Nigerians devote their energy, be glued to BBN when the whole country is in shambles. A distraction from the misery going on. We are used to dysfunctional way of smiling through our sorrow.
    The only responsibility of Nigerians is demanding change from whoever or what party is in power even if it that means bloodshed.. But Nigerians only just run mouth. Developed countries didn’t become great automatically people died for this. People got intimidated by simple protest alone. None of you guys came out to support 2face after he coward in.

  5. O'yems

    April 11, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Regardless of the wrong we see in the system today. Regardless of the defects, we owe it to ourselves to keep at the right thing. I agree with Desmond’s message.
    When we get involved in public elections this way, with this passion, l tell you, it will make rigging & selection difficult for the politicians.
    Rigging can only be successful when majority tilts towards the ‘riggers’ side / party.
    Let’s show BBNaija passion in 2019 elections, A beg!

  6. Chioma

    April 11, 2017 at 2:48 am

    bella naija is censoring comments now? Why post an article then, if you are selective about posting some and not others. Mschewwww nonsense.

    • Nini

      April 11, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      As in. It’s really becoming something else these days. I don’t even want to comment anymore

  7. Susie

    April 11, 2017 at 5:52 am

    We should devote energy to vote for whom? The same leaders who cannot stock our hospitals with basic equipment but fly outside for treatment anytime they sneeze? Or the leaders whose wives & girlfriends travel to Europe to spend our national funds? Can you mention even one government policy within the past 10 years that has made the ordinary person’s life better?

    Nigerians are not clueless. The average African doesn’t care about elections because we know that even if we change our leaders a million times, we still end up with the same incompetent, greedy & selfish prototype of a leader that Africa seems to have been eternally cursed with. At least, the BBNaija guys provided us with the promised entertainment when we vote for them not our leaders who cannot fulfil a single election promise they make

    • Muse

      April 11, 2017 at 7:20 am

      We shouldn’t do anything then, we should revert back to our mumu mode and accept the siddon look approach and allow them ride us in whatever way. To demand changes on social media, we can’t, to protest mba, to vote and stand by our votes, na lie.

      “BBN provided us with the promised entertainment “, now it has ended, the hardship stares us in the face, or can we take the excitement to the bank, convert it to cash and pay our medical expenses?

  8. SeizeHer..

    April 11, 2017 at 7:07 am

    We do. But only for Presidential elections. And governorship elections, to some extent.
    Following up on Senatorial, and local government elections with the same intensity would see us do better.


    April 11, 2017 at 9:32 am

    The rhetoric is the same all over the world. Entertainment gets more views and votes once compared to the interest in politics. However, that is why you are law maker, there is nothing wrong with meeting the people at the point of their needs and making the voting process or the political activity beneficial to the people watching or listening.

  10. Naina

    April 11, 2017 at 9:38 am

    It’s truly frustrating to be a passionate interested Nigerian. I remember my brother being so passionate about APC and Buhari. Now, he’s just minding his business. The politicians do not care about us. We Nigerians are just living one day at a time. The brokest and richest of us what to leave this country. So what are we wasting our passion for?

  11. Ben

    April 11, 2017 at 10:02 am

    We can always do more and we should do more but we must realize that what made bbn successful is the excellent organizing and credibility on the part of the organizers and not just viewer participation alone.
    It is really hard to participate when our institutions are so rotten and all the candidates our political system offers are recycled dead brains.

  12. Olori

    April 11, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Somebody on twitter (@1JayMun) said “are we going to vote via sms or wechat?” LMAOOO. I’m in if that happens o LOL.

  13. Nwa

    April 11, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I don’t know how logical it is to compare voting in #BBnaija to Elections, I really wish we would all look into what False equivalences mean. Pls walk me through how this is the same thing?

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