Desmond Oluwashola Elliot is a Nigerian actor, director, and politician.
Born on the 4th of February 1974 to a Yoruba father from Olowogbowo in Lagos Island, Lagos State and an Igbo mother from Illah in Oshimili North, Delta State, Elliot has described himself as being a Pan-African.
Desmond was raised in a polygamous home, his father, two wives and 11 children.
The self proclaimed Pan-African, 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.
Acting Career/ Awards And Nominations
Elliot revealed he 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. He is one of Nollywood’s leading actors, having appeared in over two hundred films including Men Who Cheat, Yahoo Millionaire and Atlanta. In 2008 Elliot co-produced and co-directed the movie “Reloaded” which received 3 nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2009.
From a young and budding talent in 1999, Desmond has grown to become one of the most popular and leading actors in Nollywood with an edge in film directing and production. From Men Who Cheat to Yahoo Millionaire and others like Reloaded, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, 30 Days in Atlanta and many others, he has made an impact and strong impression on the Nigerian entertainment scene.
He is currently one of the top filmmakers in the country, who kicked off a revolution in the Nigerian movie industry with the revival of the cinema culture and the box office productions.
Elliot declared his intentions in September 2014 to run for Lagos State House of Assembly under the All Progressives Congress.
Desmond was questioned as several individuals passed him for a Nigerian from Niger Delta or the Igbo extraction. However, not one to become easily deterred, he released political materials showing his Yoruba and most especially, Lagos descent clearly.
He contested and won the Surulere Constituency in the April 11, 2015 Nigerian General Elections.
Desmond and his wife, Victoria Elliot , didn’t always get along so well while she was in the University of Jos where she studied Mathematics. They didn’t agree on many issues because she was very spiritual and looked very spooky to the actor in her behaviour.
But, despite all her tough and spiritual lifestyle, she agreed to his love advances and after courting for 8 years, they tied the knot in 2003 and have since had two sets of twins – three boys and a girl. Mrs. Elliot who used to be a banker, who quit the banking industry to concentrate on the sales and distribution of Nollywood movies, is currently one of the major distributors of Nollywood.