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|Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by sexylady1(f): 2:56pm On Oct 17, 2005|
Desmond Elliot is easily one of the fastest rising stars in the Nigerian home video sector. He shot into limelight through television soap operas and was soon to become a regular face in Nollywood movies such that tracking him down for an interview became almost impossible.
Elliot has also been to many parts of the globe, as his acting skills have made him a well sought after artiste. Besides, he has become a role model in Nollywood such that he often becomes first choice for every producer in search of artistes for romantic roles.
In a recent chat with Daily Sun, Elliot recalled how a friend lured him into acting. He also spoke about his ambition to become the executive governor of Lagos State in the nearest future and why he married an Akwa–Ibom woman:
I was born to a Yoruba father and an Ibo mother. I grew up in the Northern part of the country and I am married to an Akwa-Ibom woman. 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.
It was a friend who influenced me to become an actor. My friend wasn’t an actor but he always felt that I was cut out for the entertainment industry. As a Christian, I felt that the best thing for me to do was to pray about it. I prayed and asked God to help me make a choice. It wasn’t easy but I thank God that He intervened and revealed to me that I should join the industry. I first started with soap operas such as Everyday People, One Too Much, Wale Adenuga’s Super Stories and Saints and Sinners. I still feature in Everday People but I moved into the movie industry gradually and today the rest is history.
Between Soaps and Video
Anywhere in the world, film and video have always been quite challenging and rewarding to practitioners. Even in more developed countries most great movie stars move from television to movies. For example, Bruce Willies moved from Moonlighting to movies and Will Smith went from Fresh Prince Of Barley to Men in Black. For me, movies are more demanding and rewarding than soap operas.
Becoming governor of Lagos
I am looking forward to becoming the elected governor of Lagos State in not too distant future, but definitely not in 2007. I want to serve the people of Lagos and I know I can do it. People say that politics is a dirty game, I don’t know exactly how dirty it can get but my intention basically is to serve humanity.
Why I run from women
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.
Realising a character
When I receive a new script, I usually take my time to study it. Thereafter, I hold a discussion with the director on what is expected of me in the movie. Then I move on to develop a suitable character that will go well with what the entire production is all about.
I don’t like people flashing me. I mean if you want to give a call, go ahead and do so, it is of no use flashing me.
I also feel bad when the up-coming artistes are not given the necessary opportunity to come into the industry and fully realise their potentials. Another thing that really puts me off is when some directors want to turn actors to zombies by casting them stereotypically into such roles as lover boy, gentleman, tough guy and all that. Personally, I like to see an actor take up different roles and interpreting them well.
The fact that the Nigerian movie industry is growing is what particularly turns me on, thanks 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 it. 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.
First, I did not pay for this talent, it 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. So, there is nothing star in my dictionary. I don’t see myself as a star, rather I see myself as someone who wants to manifest God’s gift to bless people, to bless myself and everything around me. I want people to be happy around me, not just to call me a star.
I basically relax with my wife whenever the opportunity comes, especially if I am in town and not involved in a tedious job. I have a special form of relaxation, I just choose a suitable time and free myself from every form of stress.
My advice is that people should abstain from sex or be faithful to their partners. There is no alternative to it This may be difficult but it is the only way a young person can save his or her life in this era of HIV. The rule is not merely playing the so-called safe but to abstain.
Piracy is a crime that government and the people have to fight. It is unfortunate that the pirates make all the money from products they had no input in manufacturing. I also feel very bad when I hear or see a movie that I feature in being pirated.
Foundation for the less privileged
This is one of my strategies as a politician. I don’t want to be accused of corruption. I am looking at the vision of a Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwaznneger who both saw the need to put something back to society by leaving their glamour world for elective offices to serve the people.
Although people say I got married late but the truth is that 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.
The Bible teaches that anything that happens to a man comes by time and chance. So, I urge the younger artistes to aspire to be great. They shouldn’t lose hope or get frustrated. They should face their career no matter the obstacle they may encounter and keep working hard.
For example, many people frustrated me before I could get to the level that I am now. But any serious young artiste can also overcome the odds. Above all, what every youth should do is to keep a low head and when the opportunity to shoot into limelight comes, grab it.
A true Nigerian
I understand the three major Nigerian languages but I speak more of Hausa because that is the language I grew up with.
They include:Magic Moment by Infinity Films Production; Last Oath: An Okoro Ugwu film, which equally starred Stella Damascus Aboderin and Ngozi Ezeonu. Others include: True Romance 1 and 2, directed by Chico Ejiro but produced by Arinze Ephrian; With Love, a movie directed by Osita Okoli but produced by Vitus Nnebue. The movie featured other artistes like Rita Dominic, Hanks Anuku, Ashley Nwosu, Abubakar Yakubu and Mike Nliams. Another movie I featured in is Wild Rose, which equally featured Omotola Jolade, Shan George and Fred Amata.
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by Scorpio(f): 7:07pm On Oct 18, 2005|
aww, dude is married, don't worry he'll b askin for a divource soon and it's so true of the sterotyping stuff that he said. examples are Tony Umez, can someone make him play d part of a father-in-law for once instead of havin his wives cheating on him and the whole cycle thingy? big up's to desmond in his married life, wish him d best.
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by tamia(f): 9:20pm On Oct 18, 2005|
Scorpio:dang! i didn''t know this guy was married! well i'm a li' disappointed cuz i wanted him for myself(lol) just kiddin' anyway HI5 to Desmond u rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by Scorpio(f): 9:23pm On Oct 18, 2005|
dat's y he'll be needing a divorce and very soon too.
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by nddy(m): 9:26pm On Oct 18, 2005|
@tamia , i think i might be contention for you against Desmon (just jokin), i think you are beautiful .
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by queen2(f): 10:29pm On Oct 18, 2005|
Word reaching us has it that Desmond Elliot's two year marriage is currently facing turbulent crisis, no help to Desmond Elliot's current movie status. Word has it that problems arose as a result of Desmond's numerous love scenes. His Church and his wife asked him to stop making love scenes and when Desmond refused explaining that it did not make him unfaithful to his wife, the Church immediately ban him from the drama group. Desmond Elliot has been married for about to years to a woman who he dated for eight years. He has revealed in numerous publications that his wife is his best friend and he is obliged to his church. Desmond does not go to church very frequently anymore since the church would not let him practice his profession. Sources have it that Mrs. Elliot has separated from her husband and is requesting a divorce while Desmond insists he thinks of her during every love scene....
Now wats happening to this guy
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by Scorpio(f): 11:12pm On Oct 18, 2005|
Na me dey happen to am , seriously sha, they should leave that guy alone jo. he's just trying to make a living and the wifey should know her husband, instead of following church and ish.
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by Latoya(f): 6:42am On Oct 19, 2005|
haha nigerian journalist will not stop puttin mouths in others private affairs
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by lollipopps(f): 5:16pm On Oct 20, 2005|
NA WAH OHH .. MAKE UNA LEAVE MY GUY DESMOND ALONE OHH ........................
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by queen2(f): 5:17pm On Oct 20, 2005|
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by joynwaiwu: 5:43am On Nov 02, 2005|
How do i reach him for recommendation.his email,web site or contact address. joy from georgia
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by Seun(m): 2:28pm On Nov 09, 2005|
There are some churches that like to destroy marriages. Too bad.
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by Rhodalyn(f): 2:44pm On Nov 23, 2005|
ya wifee is sure a lucky lady
i just dey feel ya des,u're a hunk!
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by Mpora: 1:03pm On Dec 01, 2005|
Am a ugandan girl aged 17years old and called Brenda. I would like to become your friend since you are my best actor. For more details,email me at Mpora2h@yahoo.com.
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by Mpora: 1:06pm On Dec 01, 2005|
Am a ugandan girl aged 17years old and called Brenda. I would like to become your friend since you are my best actor. For more details,email me at Mpora2h@yahoo.com.[color=#000099][/color]
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by bert: 1:27pm On Dec 01, 2005|
i am ugandan boy aged 12 called mpora bertram and iwish i wasyour frend and i enjoy my holiday in nigeria if your wish you can post a letter to C/O Elly Steve Mpora150 entebbe uganda
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by Rhodalyn(f): 10:55pm On Mar 05, 2006|
i bet you two are siblings Desmond isnt gonna see this you know
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by babymine(f): 9:59am On Mar 10, 2006|
I wonder how Demond's wife copes. Having a handsome husband who happens to be a good actor aint an easy task. All da babes would tempt him till smthg happens, afterall how long will he continue to resist all those brown skinned babes with succulent lips? Desmond only God go help u oh!
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by Priscila(f): 3:16pm On Mar 11, 2006|
Desmonds wife is lucky to have a handsome celebrity who literary run away from women. He is one in a thousand and full of respect for her. Anyman who discovers himself can marry and devorce a 100 times. Anyway I admire him but men who are noticed by everywoman turn me off and cannot even wish to flirt him. Such men will send you seeing pscychologists the better part of your life as much as he says he runs a way. He is flesh and am sure he cant resist all unless he is Jesus himself
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by eveseh(f): 7:31pm On Apr 17, 2006|
well i will say so too,his wife is a lucky lady
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by funmi2(f): 7:43pm On May 16, 2006|
it is not true oh. his wife happens 2 b ma frend aunt. ha name is aunty victoria.i was evn der 4 their weddin. dey r stil2geda.
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by hotangel2(f): 7:57pm On May 16, 2006|
haaa, desmond eliot.
The guy is just flying mehn. I luv him. not like dat, but he's aight.
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by DAMMYGLOW(f): 3:25pm On May 18, 2006|
what is he feeling like
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by yemi87(f): 4:38pm On Jun 04, 2006|
i know I'm a bit late on the issue but this is my first time surfing this forum. even though i think he is the hottest guy in the whole universe and the guy is everything you can ever want in man or a husband, and for sure we all secretly want him to be ours. however he is taken and as a loyal fan i am so thrilled for him. i hope he never has a reason to leave his wife and i hope they sort out there problem (as rumours has it). he is like everything you can ever want in a man, a dedicated Christian for that matter, what else could you want in a man set aside his looks, voice , don't get me started. i hope I'm as lucky as his wife, and I'm sure he won't change him his wife for anyone else because he must be lucky to have her.
by the way does anyone known how old he is?
just in case if anyone know where he normally hangs, i beg holla at me i would like a personal autograph?
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by QueenB1(f): 7:28am On Jun 23, 2006|
So my cuty boy is married . awww. I really thought i could have a chance with him. Well whatever I still wish him all the best in his marriage. His wife is soo fortunate. Cuz he is just too much of a man. Love u desmy
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by kellorah: 9:39pm On Jul 24, 2006|
DAMMYGLOW:i'm wondering the same here ohhhh
biko, make hin go siddon
i liked him when he was not so famous in 'everyday people' but when i started seeing him everyday and everywhere, nna mehnnnn i've just been hating on the guy ever since! i aint feeling that dawg!
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by coolkat1: 9:41pm On Jul 24, 2006|
i love is sexy lips . he is so hot.
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by kellorah: 1:18pm On Jul 25, 2006|
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by neelsel(f): 6:22pm On Jul 27, 2006|
And who or what makes you think that Desmond's marriage is different from any other person's? The truth is there are problems in every marriage, his no exception. So as die-hard fans of his, you should pray for them to work through their differences and make the union work. We need to start visualizing celebrities as humans and not super figures, they have blood running through their veins too, you know?
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by Bevlen(f): 10:58am On Aug 23, 2006|
Rumors, rumors and rumors, theres no such thing as his marriage breaking up. This is from a reliable source. I am engaged to be married to his wife's brother, so my info should be genuine. This should put a stop to all the chizmozo. His marriage is alive, well and kicking. Gracias!
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by kalistru: 12:30pm On Sep 18, 2006|
TO ME DESMOND IS JUST A COWARD
|Re: Interview With Celebrity Desmond Elliot: Why I Run Away From Women by queen2(f): 12:38pm On Sep 18, 2006|
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