RMD (Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo) is a Nigerian actor, writer, producer, lawyer, and former journalist who was born on July 6, 1961. He was also the Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in 2009. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th African Movie Academy Awards in 2016. He is legendary in the Nigerian film industry.
Early Life and Education
Richard Mofe-Damijo was born on July 6, 1961, in Delta State’s Udu Kingdom’s Aladja community. He attended Anglican Grammar School and Midwest College in Warri, where he was a member of the Drama Club. He attended the University of Benin to further his education and studied Theatre Arts. In 1997, Mofe-Damijo returned to the University of Lagos to pursue a legal education. He received his diploma in 2004 and was admitted to the Nigerian bar in 2005.
Richard began his acting career by joining his high school’s theater club. He later began writing for The Guardian, Metro Magazine, and Concord Newspapers. In his 30s, he founded and sold “Mister,” the nation’s first all-gloss men’s magazine. Mofe debuted on the television soap opera “Ripples” after graduating from college. He also wrote and produced his debut film, “Out of Bounds,” for which he received a writer/producer credit. However, he rose to prominence as the villainous Segun Kadiri in the competing soap opera “Checkmate.”
Mofe-Damijo won the Best Actor in a Leading Role award at the first African Movie Academy Awards in 2005. On January 5, 2017, he and Nigerian journalist Mimi Fawaz co-hosted the 2016 GLO-CAF Awards. On December 8, 2021, he received a Black Star Honour at Rhymes on Da Runway in Gold Coast, Ghana.
The accomplished performer founded White Water Limited, RMD Foundation, and RMD Production.
RMD Productions encompasses RMDTV and RMDtheactor. It is an entertainment platform that produces original content for broadcast, television, and radio, among other things. It is the producer of the popular sitcoms “Mr. X Family” and “Trying.” It also produced the talk shows “Bridging the Gap” and “Made in Warri,” as well as the children’s show “Bedtime with Grandpa.”
In Nigeria, White Water Limited provides public relations consulting services. Because of his passion for philanthropic causes, he also founded the RMD foundation, a platform that coaches for excellence.
RMD has collaborated with seasoned Nollywood actors such as Zack Orji, Stella Damasus-Aboderin, Chioma Chukwuka, Liz Benson, Sola Sobowale, Bukky Ajayi, Funke Akindele, Bimbo Ademoye, and many more.
Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan appointed Mofe-Damijo as his special adviser on culture and tourism in 2008. He was Delta State’s commissioner for culture and tourism from 2009 to 2015.
Richard married television personality Jumobi Adegbesan in 2000, who later left the show to pursue a business. He married May Ellen-Ezekiel (MEE), a Nigerian journalist/publisher and talk show host who died in 1996.
He is the father of five children. Mofe-Damijo has two children with his current wife and three from a previous relationship.
RMD’s Internet ‘Twin Brother’
RMD caught up with his ‘twin’, Nebs Jay, months after people compared him to the star.
According to HausaToday, Nebs Jay, the fit man who always dances gently and shows off his exercises, went viral among Nigerians when he was mistaken for the star in one of the social media videos.
Despite the fact that the actor had shared photos of Nebs on his Instagram page, stating that he is not the one, nor is he related to or knows the man, fans continued to demand that RMD team up with Nebs due to their striking resemblance.
In January 2021, RMD survived a ghastly car accident . The accident left his SUV damaged beyond repair.
- Out of Bounds, 1997
- Hostages, 1997
- Scores to Settle, 1998
- Diamond Ring, 1998
- Freedom, 1999
- When God Says Yes, 2003
- Love, 2003
- Keeping Faith: Is That Love? 2003
- Romantic Attraction, 2003
- The Intruder, 2003
- I Will Die For You, 2003
- Emotional Pain, 2003
- The Mayors, 2004
- True Romance, 2004
- The Legend, 2004
- I Want Your Wife, 2004
- Indecent Act, 2004
- Engagement Night, 2004
- Critical Decision, 2004
- Burning Desire, 2004
- Critical Assignment, 2004
- The Bridesmaid, 2005.
- Darkest Night, 2005
- Behind Closed Doors, 2005
- Welcome to Nollywood, 2007.
- 30 Days in Atlanta, 2014
- Oloibiri, 2015
- Okafor’s Law, 2016
- Three Wise Men, 2016
- Dinner, 2016
- The Wedding Party, 2016
- The Grudge, 2016
- Hush, 2016-2017
- I Love My Wife Even After Death, 2017
- 10 days in Sun City, 2017.
- The Wedding Party 2, 2017
- Boxing Day: A Day After Christmas, 2017
- My God never fail me, 2018
- Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons, 2018
- Cross Roads, 2018
- God Calling, 2018
- Chief Daddy, 2018
- Blood And Oil, 2019
- The Hour, 2019
- Castle and Castle, 2019
- Fine wine, 2021
- King of Boys, 2021
|2021||Castle & Castle||Tega Castle||with Dakore Akande, Ade Laoye and Deyemi Okanlawon|
Awards and Recognition
RMD has won numerous awards; a list of some of them is shown below.
|2005||Africa Movie Academy Awards||Best Actor In a Leading Role||Himself||Won|
|2009||5th Africa Movie Academy Awards||Best Film In Nigeria||State of The Heart||Nominated|
|2012||2012 Best of Nollywood Awards||Special Recognition Award||Himself||Won|
|2015||2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Supporting Actor||30 days in Atlanta||Nominated|
|2016||12th Africa Movie Academy Awards||Lifetime Achievement Award||Himself||Won|
|2017||2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Nominated|
|Africa Movie Academy Awards||Nominated|
|Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2021||Net Honours||Most Popular Actor||Nominated|
He is one of Nigeria’s wealthiest and most well-known actors. He has a number of ambassadorial and endorsement contracts, and his net worth is believed to be $9 million.