Richard Mofe-Damijo celebrated his birthday on social media on the 6th of July 2020. This silver fox veteran actor blessed his followers with stunning pictures of himself. A lot of people probably wondered if they read his age right. He did not look a day over 50. 

art by @delesarz
Richard Mofe-Damijo. Art by @delesarz

RMD, as he is popularly known, has been gracing our TV screens with his talented performances for over three decades. He has also graced our mobile screens through his Instagram handle for 5 years. He has, without doubt, given a lot of youngsters a run for their money in the looks department.

RMD may not identify as a model but his fashion sense, gorgeous outfits and poses say otherwise. Some have even referred to him as the leader of the Yoruba Demons, which he has denounced. 

Other than being that fine old man, a lot of people do not know much about this actor. They should. He is much more than a grey-bearded man with sultry looks. He is an exemplary figure who has had quite a journey in his career. 

Background

RMD is an Urhobo man born in Aladja, a coastal town in Delta state. He spent some time in Warri since he attended schools there for his secondary school education. After his secondary education, he gained admission to study theatre arts at the University of Benin. Seems like he had always known he will be an entertainer. 

Nonetheless, in 1997, he went back to school to study law, and this time in the university of Lagos. He got called to bar but he never practiced. Makes one wonder why he spent 7 years in school on a second degree he did not plan to use. Well, only RMD can give an answer to that. 

Richard Mofe-Damijo began his acting career by joining his secondary school drama group. He has subsequently had an extensive and successful career since then. Before he got his second degree, he got a role on the Nigerian Television Authority Soap opera titled Ripples. The series aired from 1988 to 1993. He later got his first writer/producer credit in 1997 for his screenplay Out of Bounds on which he collaborated with Tade Ogidan. 

Aside from acting, he worked as a reporter for prominent publishing companies like The Guardian, Metro Magazine, and Concord Newspapers. He was also opportuned to have published and sold Mister, Nigeria’s first all-gloss magazine. He soon gained national recognition for his talents.

In 2005, all his efforts began to pay off. He was awarded the Best Actor in a leading role in the first edition of the African Movie Academy Awards. RMD has since then received several nominations for several movie awards most of which he won. 

In 2011, the Nigerian government made him a member of the Order of the Federal Republic. This is known to be the highest honor bestowed upon celebrities for their contributions to the growth and development of the economy of the nation through entertainment. He also received a special recognition award at the 2012 Best of Nollywood Awards.

Richard Mofe-Damijo
Richard Mofe-Damijo. Photo by @immar__

A break from acting

RMD took a break from acting to pursue politics in 2008. He took up an appointment to be the special adviser to the then governor of delta state, Emmanuel Uduaghan and eventually became the commissioner for culture and tourism the following year. He served until 2015 after which he returned to acting fully. 

Family man

One important thing to note about RMD is that he is a proud family man. He does not shy away from flaunting his wife, kids, and grandkids on social media. He is currently married with 4 kids, two of which are from his first marriage. 

RMD was originally married to late Mary Ellen Ezekiel with whom he had a son. She was a celebrity journalist who lost her life due to complications from a fibroid surgery in 1996. After her death, RMD adopted her daughter from her failed first marriage and raised her as his own. He later married Jumobi Adegbesan in 2000 and had two more kids with her. 

Jumobi Adegbesan is also a journalist turned successful businesswoman. She is a celebrity in her own right and a lot of people have questioned how they make it work. In an interview on this topic, he stated that they simply respect and support each other in all their endeavours.

RMD has been able to steer clear of scandals despite his 30-year long career in acting. There had been suggestions by fans that he had to have had some juicy frivolous extramarital affairs. They wish!

To this, when asked, he reiterated his devotions to his wife and family. He even emphasized that he is not as outspoken as most would think and it would seem that is true. Anyone who has seen any of his interviews will be forced to believe he is a shy man with a gentle soul.

My passion is inspiring people – RMD

Although RMD might be a shy man, he has never been afraid to speak his mind even. Often times, he has used his social media handle to share his beliefs and advice to youngsters. One of his posts for which he got a lot of backlashes was that in which he stated the need for self-discovery and self-love. He also mentioned that there is no need to alter one’s physical appearance but a lot of people were not having that. This has not stopped him from sharing his view and perspective with the world and he is highly respected for it. 

In an interview with Afrinolly, RMD said, “If what I do don’t inspire people, then there is nothing to my entire being. My passion is inspiring people”. He also mentioned he was not just an entertainer but also a Sunday school teacher who really enjoys teaching. 

RMD is not afraid to share his knowledge of arts with those willing to learn. He mentioned that he has been training some creative-minded people and hopes that in the nearest future he will be able to create lots of one-stop-Shops for all creatives. He is clearly very concerned about the progress of the entertainment industry and its impact on the nation. Unlike some actors, he is genuinely passionate about the arts and this drives him.

Happy Birthday Richard!

Richard Mofe-Damijo turning 59 is a reminder that age is never a barrier to dreams. He will remain a living legend who continues to inspire a lot of Nigerians to be better. To his family, he is a dedicated father and loving husband. To those who have taken time to follow what he stands for, he is a mentor and every mentor should be celebrated.

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