Desmond Elliot

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Desmond Elliot
Born Desmond Elliot
Ethnicity Yoruba
Occupation Actor

Desmond Elliot is a Nigerian actor and director,[1][2] 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.

Early life[edit]

Elliot was born to a Yoruba father and an Igbo mother;[3] because of this, Elliot has described himself as being a Pan-African.[4] 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.[3]


Elliot was influenced by a friend to become an actor.[3] He started playing roles in soap operas like Everyday People, One Too Much and Saints and Sinners. He is one of Nollywood's leading actors, having appeared in over two hundred films including Men Who Cheat, Yahoo Millionaire and Atlanta.[5][6][7] In 2008 Elliot co-produced and co-directed the movie "Reloaded" which received 3 nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2009.[8][9][10][11] In 2009 and 2010, Elliot was nominated for the Best Actor category at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[12] 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.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Elliot is married and has four children.[10] He is involved in public relations for Globacom.[10][14]



  • Everyday People (Soap Opera)[23]
  • One Too Much (Soap Opera)[23]
  • Saints and Sinners (Soap Opera)[23]


  1. ^ "Desmond Elliot's Rebound Premieres in America". Lagos, Nigeria: National Daily Newspaper. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Njoku, Benjamin (19 February 2010). "Desmond Elliot for Face of Hope". AllAfrica Global Media (Lagos, Nigeria). Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Onyekaba, Corne-Best (30 September 2005). "Why I run away from women". Daily Sun (Lagos, Nigeria). Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Victor Ofuonye (September 25, 2009). "Movie-Makers Extol President Jammeh's Pan-African Ideals". AllAfrica Global Media. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ Kerrigan, Finola (2010). Film Marketing (1 ed.). Elsevier Ltd. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-7506-8683-9. 
  6. ^ Olukole, Ope (11 September 2010). "My Home Suffers A Lot ‘Cos Of My Career -Desmond Elliot". Nigerian Tribune (Ibadan, Nigeria). Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Clayton, Jonathan (3 April 2010). "Nollywood success puts Nigeria’s film industry in regional spotlight". The Times Online (London, UK: Times Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "AMAA Nominees and Winners 2009". Lagos, Nigeria: African Movie Academy Awards. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Salawi, Femi (14 August 2010). "Desmond Elliot". The Nation (Lagos, Nigeria: Vintage Press Limited). Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c "Glo Ambassadors - Desmond Elliot". Globacom. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  11. ^ Njoku, Benjamin (27 November 2009). "Isong, Desmond Elliot, Uche Jombo premiere two movies". The Vanguard (Lagos, Nigeria). Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "List of Nominees: Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2010". Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  13. ^ Benjamin Njoku (February 19, 2010). "Desmond Elliot for Face of Hope". AllAfrica Global Media. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  14. ^ Osuagwu, Prince (9 October 2009). "Arguments, doubt, surprises as Glo presents N8m, 21 cars to winners in Lagos". The Vanguard (Lagos, Nigeria). Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Tope Olukole (July 31, 2010). "We Want To Make People Cry And Laugh". Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  16. ^ Samuel Olatunji (January 17, 2010). "Isong, Jombo, Elliot shoot N20m movie". Daily Sun. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "Isong on the march again". AllAfrica Global Media. June 13, 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  18. ^ Francis Addo (January 8, 2010). "Desmond Elliot Premieres New Movie In Ghana". Peace FM Online. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Review of King of The Town". Modern Ghana News. October 7, 2006. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  20. ^ Clemetina Olomu (June 24, 2007). "Did the Zeb Ejiro And Ibinabo Love Story in Phillipine Turn Sour?". AllAfrica Global Media. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  21. ^ Tony Erhariefe (March 19, 2005). "Images In The Mirror sets to rule market". Daily Sun. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  22. ^ "My Wife and My Kids are My World - Desmond Elliot". GhanaWeb. January 30, 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  23. ^ a b c "I Eat Right To Keep Fit- Desmond Elliot". Peace FM Online. October 4, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 

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