A photo of a newspaper page wherein Tafawa Balewa, the late prime minister of Nigeria, was addressed as Desmond Elliot, a Nollywood star, has surfaced online and gone viral.


Nigeria will mark its 60th Independence Day anniversary on Thursday.

In commemoration of the occasion, a Nigerian newspaper had ran a story examining prominent figures who pioneered the affairs of the country in its early days.

The article had listed Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikwe and Ahmadu Bello alongside Balewa.


But the newspaper had mistakenly addressed Balewa as Elliot, who recently made the headlines for endorsing godfatherism and tackling Godwin Obaseki, Edo governor, for adopting “Edo no be Lagos” as his re-election mantra.

Quite a number of Nigerians have since taken to social media platforms, especially Twitter, to express their different views on the matter.

While some simply laughed off the seeming comparison between the two, others called for the sack of the person behind such mistake.


“Whoever did this should be sanctioned… How can this be Desmond Elliot?,” a user wrote.


“When l saw Desmond Elliot trending, l thought he has commissioned another public toilet for his constituency,” another user wrote.



Here is what some Nigerians had to say:

Copyright 2024 TheCable. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from TheCable.

Follow us on twitter @Thecablestyle