Daniel Etim Effiong

Daniel Etim Effiong- Personal life, Career and Awards


  • A native of Cross River State, born on June 24, 1988, in Jaji, Kaduna State, Nigeria
  • An alumnus of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria, and the University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Married to Toyosi Etim

Who Is Daniel Etim Effiong?

Daniel Etim Effiong is a renowned Nollywood actor, producer, and director. He has starred in several commercials, TV shows, and movies. Daniel is best known for his role as Lanre Taiwo in the Red TV series ‘The Men’s Club.’

His hobbies include traveling, reading, dancing, and swimming. He is currently worth over $310,000.

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Personal Life (Early/recent)

Daniel Etim is from the Efik tribe in Cross River State, Nigeria. He was born in Jaji, Kaduna State, on June 24, 1988. His dad is the former Lt. Col Moses Effiong.

He attended St. Mary’s Private School in Lagos, and the Government College, Ikorodu, Lagos, respectively. Afterward, he enrolled in the Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

Daniel later went to AFDA Film School in South Africa to study scriptwriting, filmmaking, and directing. He also attended the University of Johannesburg in South Africa to learn filmmaking.

Daniel Etim is married to Toyosi Philip, a digital media strategist, creator, and TV producer.

The couple met on Instagram when she reached out to him for collaboration on a project. They later bumped into each other during another project and started dating. Their marriage has been on for six years, and they had two children together.

Daniel Etim Effiong with wife

Career In The Nollywood Industry

Daniel worked as an engineer in the Oil and Gas sector for a short time before he became a Nollywood actor. Immediately he quit his job as an engineer, he got employed as a content producer for Ndani Television. His first acting role was in the web series ‘Goddamit It’s Monday’ in 2011. He also played a role in ‘Gidi Up’ as Folarin.

In 2018, he starred alongside A-list Nigerian actors like Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Richard Mofe-Damijo, and Deyemi Okanlawon in Nigeria’s first legal series ‘Castle and Castle.’ The TV series is currently streamed on Netflix.

Daniel Etim Effiong played a role in the comedy movie ‘Plan B’ where he acted as Dele Coker. His role in the film made him the Best Actor in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series) as awarded at the 2020 AMVCA.

He also starred with Ayoola Ayolola, Baaj Adebule, and Efa Iwara in the award-winning TV series ‘The Men’s Club.’

Other Nollywood movies, TV series, and short films he has starred in include Still Falling, Blood Sisters, Storm, Kofa, Fish Bone, New Money, and many more.

Daniel directed the short skit ‘Prey’ in 2017, featuring Odenike Odetola and produced by his wife, Toyosi.

In 2020, he directed a documentary featuring Beverly Naya and Eku Edewor titled ‘Skin’.

Daniel also produced the public service announcement clip ‘Thato’s Dream’ and the short film ‘Crimson.’

Nominations, Recognition, and Awards

Daniel has received several nominations and awards, as follows:

As a Director

His 2020 Documentary ‘Skin’ was selected for official screenings in film festivals across the globe.

As a Producer

His short film ‘Crimson’ won the Kumla Dumor prize for storytelling and 2nd place at the 2014 MTN Afrinolly short film competition for young African filmmakers.

His Public Service Announcement clip ‘Thato’s Dream’ won first prize for the Project Sunlight brand’s 2015 Unilever-Mofilm Cannes Lion competition.

As an Actor

Nominated in the Best Actor in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series) category at the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.

Won the Best Actor In A Drama, Movie Or TV Series for His role in ‘Kofa’ and was awarded at the Africa International Film Festival 2022.

He was nominated for the Best Actor In A Comedy Drama, Movie, Or TV Series category still for his role in ‘Kofa’ at the 2023 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.

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