Nollywood is one of the most respected movie industries, and it has produced a lot of popular actors and actresses. It is true that Nigeria is blessed with an abundance of top notch quality actors. Between these actors they compete for roles in movies. Some household names like Nkem owoh, Ramsey Nouah and Desmond Elliot are among some of the most sought after actors, but amongst them the most sought after actor is Richard Mofe-Damijo also known as RMD.
RMD has obtained his legendary status by acting in numerous movies and soap operas since the 80s. It is interesting to note that, even though Damijo studied Theatre Arts, he started out as a journalist before venturing into acting. These days, RMD still remains one of the most popular and successful actors in the country. He is the ambassador of several big brands, such as Heineken and Glo, and it seems like he has no intention of slowing down any time soon. (legit)
Richard Mofe-Damijo, popularly known as RMD, born 6 July 1961, is a famous Nigerian actor and former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State. (Wikipedia)
Richard Mofe-Damijo was born in Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, near Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. He attended Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and was a member of the Drama Club. After completing his basic education (Primary and Secondary School), Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) enrolled into the University of Benin to continue his education and studied Theatre Arts. In 1997 Mofe-Damijo returned to the university to study Law at the University of Lagos and graduated in 2004 with a Degree in Law (currentschoolnews). It’s interesting how RMD has always managed to combine his career and studying successfully. While receiving the degree in law, he was one of the leading actors in a range of successful movies like Diamond Ring, Hostages, Freedom, and others. At the same time, he produced the first movie of his own “Out of Bounds”.
Richard Mofe-Damijo is an actor with a career that has been unfolding in Nollywood since the 1990s. Apart from playing, he has been engaged in the sphere of culture and tourism in Delta State as a Commissioner. As an actor, Richard is known for dozens of roles major roles, in series and full-scale movies. In 2005 his efforts in acting were rewarded by Best Actor award of the Africa Movie Academy. As it was said above, success in leading roles began for Richard with his very first big appearances acting in the soap opera titled “Ripples” that brought him to fame . At this very time, RMD also tried his hands on Journalism reporting for Concord Newspapers and Metro Magazines. Yet, the 2000s became the most productive for him as he played 13 major roles in 2003 together with other Nollywood stars. By the Next year, the number of roles grew to 18. RMD has starred in over 200 movies. These efforts could not stay unnoticed by the African Movie Academy and he was granted the Best Actor award in 2005 for one of his new leading roles. In 2012, there came a new award Special Recognition and in 2016, a Lifetime Achievement prize. (legit)
RMD also participated in 30 Days in Atlanta, released on October 30, 2014. This movie is noted for being the movie with the highest grossing revenue in the history of Nigerian movie industry ever. RMD played the role of Kimberley’s father there, accompanied by Ramsey Nouah and AY Makun. Between 2007 and 2013, Richard Mofe-Damijo took a short break from acting just to focus his attention on politics and his role in the social service. This logically followed his appointment for the post of the Commissioner in the sphere of culture and tourism in his native Delta State. At the moment, Richard is a CEO of his own production industry titled RMD Production Ltd and is busy producing a TV drama series of his own titled The Mr.X Family Show. Sometimes, fans are into talking about RMD’s net worth and it is believed to be $15million. He’s doubtlessly rich or even super rich due to all those successful roles, his own movie production and other ventures of his. (legit)
Richard Mofe-Damijo has been married twice in his whole life. His first wife is late now. She was May Ellen Ezekiel, a famous TV personality and an editor of a popular magazine. Everything used to go well for them and they lived on together in happiness with their kid until 1996. This was the year when MEE (a common nickname for May Ellen) underwent a surgery to cure fibroid in a Lagos hospital and never survived it.
Several years passed, and Richard married another woman who is his current wife(Jumobi Adegbesan). Jumobi Adegbesan is a journalist who abandoned the sphere some time ago and started working for the corporate sector. Their wedding took place in 2000 and they also have kids together. Now, Richard is a proud and loving father of two daughters and three sons, and a happy grandfather already, too. He shares adorable pictures of his family on diverse occasions and they all look pretty and absolutely happy. It seems, the family shares close family bonds together, judging by their photos. Richard claims that his family is the biggest gift in this life the Lord could give him and the highest and most precious of his awards. (legit)
The actor is often called the most handsome grandfather of the entire Nigeria. His absolutely handsome looks, his charisma and grooming are the reason. RMD has always been a fan favourite especially amongst the ladies. Well, who can blame the ladies? At 58, the Nollywood icon continues to prove to the world that a good sense of style has always come natural to him. Looking at his pictures, it is clear for all to see that his fashion sense defies all beliefs about growing older being less fun. (legit)
Richard Mofe Damijo has featured in over 200 movies since he started acting movies in the 1990s. According to currentschoolnews he has an estimated net worth of $15 million. . Richard Mofe Damijo has signed some mouth watering deals for different companies (currentschoolnews). The most notable one being for GLOBACOM, Nigeria’s leading Telecommunications company.
RMD attacks each movie role as if that is the role he plays in the actual world. That’s why its no surprise he is the most sought after actor. He brings a new dimension to movies with his sophisticated looks and rich backgrounds usually portrayed by him. With the recent improvement in the Nollywood industry it is natural to see RMD being forecasted for any Major movie role.
BY MICHEAL OSUJI
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