Desmond Elliot Biography and Profile

Desmond Elliot (Desmond Oluwashola Elliot) was born 4 February 1974 to a Yoruba father and an Igbo mother because of this, Elliot has described himself as being a Pan-African. He received his primary education at Air Force Primary School and later attended St John’s College, both in Jos. In 2003 he graduated from Lagos State University where he studied Economics. Elliot was influenced by a friend to become an actor. He started playing roles in soap operas like Everyday People, One Too Much and Saints and Sinners.

Desmond Elliot is one of Nollywood’s leading actors, having appeared in over two hundred films including Men Who Cheat, Yahoo Millionaire and Atlanta.

The fact that the Nigerian movie industry is growing is a positive development. I am grateful to all those that are making it happen such as the marketers, directors, producers and others. Nollywood contributes to the nation’s economy because quite a number of people are involved and are earning their livelihood from the industry. The only problem is that our government is yet to fully realise the great economic advantage that lies in tapping into the industry.

America and India have tapped into Hollywood and Bollywood respectively and the result is quite rewarding. Government should come and invest in the industry, the marketers have done great jobs by investing their money to prove that the sector is lucrative.

Desmond Oluwashola Elliot Full Biography and Profile

Desmond Elliot (born Desmond Oluwashola Elliot, 4 February 1974), a Nigerian actor, director, and politician who has starred in over two hundred films and a number of television shows and soap operas. He won best supporting actor in a drama at the 2nd Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards and was nominated for best supporting actor at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards. He was elected as a lawmaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Surulere Constituency, in the 11 April 2015 Nigerian General Elections.

Elliot was born to a Yoruba father from Olowogbowo in Lagos Island, Lagos and a mother from Illah in Oshimili North, Delta State. He received his primary education at Air Force Primary School and later attended St John’s College, both in Jos. He studied economics at Lagos State University and graduated in 2003.

Desmond Elliot Early Years
I remember those years as the good old days. I grew up in Jos. My father was a Civil Engineer, while my mother ran restaurants. While those years were fun and nice, they gradually became tough when depression came into Nigeria and things. It was nice and tough. At a very tender age I became a Christian, which went a long way in controlling me and shaping me into who I have become today. My father is a Yoruba man from Lagos State, while my mother is an Ibo woman from Anambra State. I had my primary education at Air Force Primary School in Jos, from where I went to St John’s College, also in Jos. I studied Economics at the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos and graduated in 2003.

My dream was to go abroad to settle down. I was denied visa then, and so I came to Lagos. While in Lagos, I was jobless, as I really wasn’t doing anything tangible. A friend of mine talked me into taking part in movies and I decided to give it a trial. It actually started as a hobby, but today, it is a career. I first started with soap operas such as Everyday People, One Too Much, Wale Adenuga’s Super Stories and Saints and Sinners.

In 2008 Elliot co-produced and co-directed the movie “Reloaded” which received 3 nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2009.

In 2009 and 2010, Elliot was nominated for the Best Actor category at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Also in 2010, Elliot has been competing to become the ambassador for the Face of Hope Project, a “volunteer-based non-profit, non-religious, non-political organization established to give hope to the hopeless”, in which he will work toward fixing “child illiteracy in Nigeria and Africa at large” if he is the victor.

Desmond Elliot Filmography:

  • Bursting Out (2010)
  • Holding Hope (2010)
  • Nollywood Hustlers (2010)
  • Before the Light (2009)
  • Final Tussle (2008)
  • Guilty Pleasures (2008)
  • Black Night in South America (2007)
  • A Better Place (2007)
  • Caught-Up (2007)
  • Double Game (2007)
  • Fine Things (2007)
  • Ghetto Queen (2007)
  • Secret Pain (2007)
  • Men Who Cheat (2006)
  • A Time to Love (2007)
  • Yahoo Millionaire (2007)
  • Put It on Me (2006)
  • Asunder (2006)
  • Behind the Plot (2006)
  • Divided Attention (2006)
  • Efficacy (2006)
  • Extreme Measure (2006)
  • Final Point (2006)
  • The Greatest Sacrifice (2006)
  • King of the Town (2006)
  • Love Wins (2006)
  • Married to the Enemy (2006)
  • My Little Secret (2006)
  • My Sister My Love (2006)
  • Naked Sin (2006)
  • Romeo (2006)
  • Strange Love (2006)
  • Supremacy (2006)
  • Too Late to Claim (2006)
  • Traumatised (2006)
  • Unbreakable Affair (2006)
  • Up to Me (2006)
  • Without Apology (2006)
  • The Wolves (2006)
  • Zoza (2006)
  • A Night in the Philippines (2005)
  • 2 Face (2005)
  • Behind Closed Doors (2005)
  • The Bet (2005)
  • Broadway (2005)
  • Destiny’s Challenge (2005)
  • Flying Without Wings (2005)
  • Fools in Love (2005)
  • Games Women Play (2005)
  • Girls in the Hood (2005)
  • Hold Me Down (2005)
  • It’s Juliet or No One (2005)
  • Just Me (2005)
  • The King’s Son (2005)
  • Knowing You (2005)
  • Men Do Cry (2005)
  • My Precious Son (2005)
  • My Sister My Child (2005)
  • My Sister’s Act (2005)
  • Now & Forever (2005)
  • Orange Groove (2005)
  • The Price of Love: Life Is Beautiful (2005)
  • Shackles of Death (2005)
  • Wedding Gift (2005)
  • Wheel of Change (2005)
  • Images in the Mirror (2004)
  • Above Love (2004)
  • Atlanta (2004)
  • Big Pretenders (2004)
  • Cinderella (2004)
  • Danger Signal (2004)
  • Deep Loss (2004)
  • Died to Save (2004)
  • Discord (2004)
  • For Real (2004)
  • A Kiss from Rose (2004)
  • Lake of Fire (2004)
  • Life in New York (2004)
  • Magic Moment (2004)
  • Melody of Life (2004)
  • Missing Angel(2004)
  • Passion of Mind (2004)
  • Power of Trust (2004)
  • Promise & Fail (2004)
  • True Romance (2004)
  • Great Change (2003)
  • Magic Love (2003)
  • My Faithful Friend (2003)
  • Passion & Pain (2003)
  • Tunnel of Love (2003)
  • Fire Love (2002)
  • Jesu Mushin (2002)

My Wife, My Marriage
I met my wife (Victoria Ima-Obong) in Jos, at fellowship. We were members of the acting group. My wife and I never really liked each other. While she thought I was carefree, I thought she was too much of an introvert. But as time went by, we began to know each other better. It was a gradual process because we started off as friends. Later, one thing led to another and today, here we are as man and wife.

I dated my wife for about eight years before we finally got married. My kind of job may have exposed me to the opposite sex but the truth is that my wife means the whole world to me. I appreciate my wife and I married her basically for love and nothing else. She is so understanding and caring. These are the two vital attributes I find lacking in most women of today.

Some ladies call to have a date with you. Some others offer me money just to sleep with them; they make passes at me. Acts like these are embarrassing to me. The point is this, how many fine girls are you going to date? You just stick to the one you love and life would be easier and more enjoyable.

Women chase me because I am an actor and if they don’t do that, it simply means that I am not yet an actor. In fact, being chased is not the issue, what matters is that whenever I perceive that I am about to be chased, I run. I run because I have an ambition, which I don’t want women to ruin for me. I run from them if they want to go beyond the level of being my fans to another level.

I am a Christian, I love my wife and children dearly. I am not prepared to jeopardise the peace and love that reigns in my home. For young men who cannot resist these women and their money, good for them. People are different and so our priorities.

I had always wanted to settle down from as young as when I was eighteen, but somehow, it didn’t happen. I am a strong believer in the family. A man who wishes to succeed in life must keep the home front happy and the way to do so is to flee from temptation.

I love to stay at home with my family, watching movies. Family time is special and very relaxing.

Desmond Elliot Happiest Moment
The day I got married and the day my wife was delivered of our twin sons are my happiest moments.

Desmond Elliot In Politics
Desmond Elliot declared his intentions in September 2014 to run for Lagos State House of Assembly under the All Progressives Congress. He contested and won the Surulere Constituency in the 11 April 2015 Nigerian General Elections.

Desmond Olusola Elliot Wins 2019 Re-Elections: The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Nollywood star, Desmond Elliot, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, as winner of the Surulere 1 state Constituency election in Lagos State. The Returning Officer, Dr. Bolajoko Dixon-Ogbechi from the University of Lagos, made the declaration on Sunday at the Surulere Local Government Collation Centre in Lagos. She said Elliot emerged winner with 15,357 votes, while Mr. Benjamin Olasunkanmi, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, came second with 3,628 votes.

“That Desmond Olusola Elliot of APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared winner and is returned elected.”

Desmond Elliot Last Words
I eat everyday, I drink water, I pay my bills, and I also support people whenever I can. I thank God for that.

My talent is a gift from God and whatever comes from God is mine. At the same time, God gave it to me and reserves the right to take it back if you fail to use the gift to make people happy and contribute to the good of humanity.

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