Richard Mofe Damijo: Five Lesser Known Facts

Nigerian Actors
Richard Mofe Damijo

Writing about Richard Mofe Damijo who is popularly known as RMD would always feel incomplete because it seems he makes headlines every minute. From his movie appearances down the political appointment he held, RMD’s subtle humor and versatility place him among the major power players in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Here is everything you should know about him.

1. Richard Mofe Damijo was born in Delta State

Richard Mofe Damijo was born in Aladja community of Udu Local Government Area, Delta State. He studied at the Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and was an exceptional student as he flourished in the drama club of the school. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts at the University of Benin. In 1997, he returned to school to study law at the University of Lagos.

Acting has always fascinated him and it was evident when he picked up a role in a television soap opera in the late ’80s called “Ripples”.

He is 58 years old.

2. He started his career in the ‘80s

Richard Mofe Damijo started his career as a reporter with Concord Newspapers and Metro Magazines shortly after he obtained his first degree. He joined the cast of a popular Nigerian soap opera in the 1980s called “Ripples”. By then, the Nigerian entertainment industry was experiencing short of actors, and other hiccups that would discourage anyone from chasing the trade, however, RMD remained dogged in his acting pursuits and it didn’t take him a decade to land his big break.

He received a producer and writer credit for his work in “Out of Bounds” which further exemplifies that he meant business. In the movie “Private Sin”, RMD played the role of Pastor Jack, a spirit-filled man of God whose wife sexual desires puts him in an uncomfortable position sometimes. The film also had actors like Patience Ozokwor, Genevieve Nnaji, and Olu Jacobs.

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In 2004, he starred in the Nigerian drama film “The Mayors” alongside Segun Arinze and Sam Dede. The film won 5 awards at the maiden edition of the African Movie Academy Awards in 2005, including the awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor in a Lead Role and Best Support Actor.

In 2014, he played the role of Kimberly’s father in the romantic drama film “30 Days in Atlanta” a film produced by Ayo Makun, known as AY. RMD also starred in the romantic comedy film “The Wedding Party” portraying the role of Felix Onwuka an IT wealthy man. His ability to play different roles and still maintain an endearing charisma places him above his peers.

In 2019, he played the role of Ejiro in the film “Seven”. RMD has been nominated for various industry awards. At the maiden edition of the African Movie Academy Awards in 2005, Richard Mofe-Damijo won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. These days, the actor appears more in box office films and he recently posted a picture of where he was on set in film production in Spain with Big Brother Naija first runner-up Mike Edwards. RMD perhaps would be doing this acting thing even till 80 as his good looks give him away as a man who just turned 40.

3. Richard Mofe Damifo served as Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State

There was a time in the Nigerian politician-entertainment industry when actors were offered juicy appointments in government. Not that the era has phased out but its declining as more politicians are becoming more ruthless and might not like the idea of mixing up their greed with people who are in the show business.

Between 2008 and 2015, RMD served as the Special Adviser of Culture and Tourism to the then Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan. He later became the commissioner for the Culture and Tourism of Delta State, Nigeria in 2009. During this period, he took a hiatus from acting and focused on governance.

RMD has also appeared as a Brand Ambassador for many top Nigerian brands. In fact, this is one thing he does naturally these days as one would hardly not see his picture in some billboard in the city. The actor surely knows niches that sell him.

4. He is happily married

Normally we don’t use the adverb “Happily” for any married couple in our blog because marriage is a sacred cow, but for RMD, there are signs that most of his female fans are dreaming of a one night stand with him. When he shares a picture on Instagram, there are some sets of his female fans that scream “sugar daddy goals” in the comment box, they can sheathe their sword RMD is happily married.

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The actor as married to Nigerian journalist/publisher, May Ellen-Ezekiel (MEE) until her death in 1996. He remarried this time to a TV personality, Jumobi Adegbesan. RMD has four kids, two from his previous marriage and two from his current marriage. He seldom shares the picture of his family on his Instagram account.

5. Richard Mofe Damijo is rich

RMD has a net worth of 7 million dollars. Although this figure was said to be calculated around 2017, the actor could have surpassed this judging from the recent films and advertorials he has starred. We are sure that he is worth this amount because this is Nigeria where true financial figures are hard to come by and where bloggers can pluck numbers from the air without real efforts to assets calculations.

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Justin is based in Lagos