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Richard Mofe-Damijo Biography: Everything You Need To Know About The Veteran Nollywood Actor

Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo, better known by his stage name RMD, is a Nigerian actor, writer, producer, lawyer, and former journalist who was born on July 6, 1961. In 2009, he also served as the Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism. At the 12th African Movie Academy Awards in 2016, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award. In the Nigerian film industry, he is legendary.

Early Life and Education

Richard Mofe-Damijo was born on July 6, 1961, in the Aladja community of Delta State’s Udu Kingdom. He went to Anglican Grammar School and Midwest College in Warri and was active in the Drama Club there. In order to further his education, he enrolled at the University of Benin, where he studied Theatre Arts. Mofe-Damijo returned to the University of Lagos in 1997 to pursue a legal education. He graduated in 2004 and was admitted to the Nigerian bar in 2005.

Career

Richard got his start in acting by participating in his high school’s theatre club. Later, he began writing articles for The Guardian, Metro Magazine, and Concord Newspapers. In his 30s, he created and sold “Mister,” the nation’s first all-gloss magazine for men. After graduating from college, Mofe appeared on “Ripples,” a television soap opera. Additionally, he developed and produced “Out of Bounds,” his debut movie, which earned him a writer/producer credit. However, he became more well-known as the evil Segun Kadiri in the competing soap opera “Checkmate.”

Mofe-Damijo earned the prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the first African Movie Academy Awards in 2005. He and Nigerian journalist Mimi Fawaz co-hosted the 2016 GLO-CAF Awards on January 5, 2017. He received a Black Star Honour at the Rhymes on Da Runway in Gold Coast, Ghana, on December 8, 2021.

The seasoned performer is the founder of White Water Limited, RMD Foundation, and RMD Production.

RMDTV and RMDtheactor fall under the RMD Productions umbrella. It is a platform for entertainment that creates original material for broadcast, television, and radio, among other things. It is the creator of the well-known sitcoms “Mr. X family” and “Trying.” Additionally, it produced the chat shows “Bridging the Gap” and “Made in Warri“, as well as the children’s programme, “Bedtime with Grandpa.

White Water Limited offers public relations consulting services in Nigeria. He also started the RMD foundation, a platform that coaches for excellence, because of his enthusiasm for philanthropic causes.

RMD has worked with numerous seasoned Nollywood actors, including Zack Orji, Stella Damasus-Aboderin, Chioma Chukwuka, Liz Benson, Sola Sobowale, Bukky Ajayi, Funke Akindele, Bimbo Ademoye, and many more.

Political Career

In 2008, Emmanuel Uduaghan, the then governor of Delta State, appointed Mofe-Damijo as his special adviser on culture and tourism. From 2009-2015, he served as Delta State’s commissioner for culture and tourism.

 

Personal Life

In 2000, Richard married television personality Jumobi Adegbesan, who afterwards quit appearing on TV to go into business. He once married May Ellen-Ezekiel (MEE), a journalist/publisher and talk show host from Nigeria who passed away in 1996.

He currently has five children. Two of Mofe-Damijo’s children are with his present wife, while three are from his former relationship.

 

RMD’s Internet ‘Twin Brother’

RMD caught up with his look alike ‘twin’, Nebs Jay months after he was likened to the actor by fans.
HausaToday reports that Nebs Jay, the fit man who always dances gently, and showing off his workouts went viral amongst Nigerians after he was mistaken for the actor in one of the videos that had surfaced on social media.

Although, the actor had shared photos of Nebs on his Instagram page, adding that he is not the one, neither is he related to or knows the man, fans continued to clamor that RMD links up with Nebs due to the striking resemblance they share.

Accident

In January 2021, RMD survived  a ghastly car accident . The accident left his SUV damaged beyond repair.

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Filmography

  • 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

TV Shows

Year Show Role Notes
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.

Year Event Prize Recipient Result
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

Net Worth

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.

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