Richard Mofe-Damijo: The Name. The Man. The Lifestyle
Richard Mofe-Damijo popularly known as RMD is a Nigerian actor, writer, producer, and lawyer. In 2008, he was appointed a special adviser, and in 2009, he became an honorable commissioner of culture and tourism in Delta State. He is a legend in the movie industry.
Richard was born on July 6, 1961 in Aldja, Udu LGA, Delta State. He attended Midwest College, Warri, and Anglican Grammar School. He further moved to University of Benin, where he studied Theatre Arts and graduated in 1983. Later on, he attended the University of Lagos where he studied Law, graduated in 2004, and was called to the Nigerian bar in 2005.
Richard started his acting career by performing in the drama club in his high school. Later, he started reporting for Concord Newspapers, Metro Magazine and The Guardian. In his 30s, he published and sold Nigeria’s first all-gloss magazine for men titled Mister. Mofe also featured in a television soap opera called Ripples after he graduated from school. Also, he wrote and produced his first film, Out of Bounds.
Richard married Jumobi Adegbesan, a television personality in 2000. He was once married to May Ellen-Ezekiel (MEE), a Nigerian journalist/publisher who died in 1996. RMD is blessed with 4 children.
According to currentschoolnews.com, his net worth is estimated at $7 million. He is one of the richest and most influential actors in Nigeria. In November, 2018, he signed an endorsement deal with a real estate company, Land Lagos.
The veteran actor is the founder of RMD production, White Water Limited and RMD Foundation.
The RMD Productions is an umbrella for the RMDtvng and RMDtheactor. It is an entertainment platform that produces creative content, television and radio productions, broadcasting e.t.c. It is the producer of the popular sitcom – Trying and Mr. X family. It also produced a kiddies show Bed time with Granpa, and talk/live shows Bridging the gap and Made in Warri.
White Water Limited is a Nigerian PR outfit that deals with public relations consultancy.
Also, for his love for charitable causes, he established the RMD foundation, a platform that mentors for greatness.
The Name. The Man. The Lifestyle
These are seven things you didn’t know about him.
- Sunday school teacher
Richard Mofe-Damijo says he would have become a lecturer in a university if he hadn’t become an actor.
One would think RMD’s interest would solely be connected to his acting career or maybe a few branches of the media industry. Well, it will surprise you to know that the actor would have become a lecturer in a university if he wasn’t a movie star. Surprisingly, RMD taught as a Sunday school teacher for over a decade.
“I’m a teacher. That’s what I do. I taught Sunday school for over 13 or 15 years and I still teach whenever I get the chance to. I just love to pass on the knowledge that I have,” he said during a chat with Pulse.
- Favourite food
Unkown to many of his fans, RMD’s favourite food is beans.
He used to love beans and dodo (fried plantain) but changed the diet plan for health reasons. So if you are trying to set a lunch date at your home with the movie star, here is a scoop of what should go down in your kitchen.
- Once a journalist
Aside from acting, RMD has tried his hands at a couple of things. One of those ventures include his stint as a journalist.
Before joining the entertainment industry, the 59-year-old worked with the defunct Concord Newspaper and Metro Magazine as a reporter.
- Honeymoon in Paris
Mofe Damijo remarried in 2000 to his wife, Jumobi Adegbesan, a former journalist after the death of his first wife, May Ellen-Ezekiel.
After their beautiful wedding ceremony in Nigeria, the couple flew to Paris in France where they had spent their honeymoon.
“We did not realize there was no Television in my room for the next four days,” he told Harmony Family magazine in 2019.
- A young grand-daddy
Mofe-Damijo has one of the most beautiful families in the celebrity world. He is also a grandfather to two adorable grandchildren.
From time to time, the Nollywood veteran blesses our timeline with cute photos of his grandkids.
- Dream role
RMD can be described as one of those actors who have played literally every role you can think of in Nollywood movies. Well, he doesn’t see it that way. The Delta state born actor believes there is still one role he hasn’t played.
“I want to play god. It’s one of my bucketlist. I played the devil in one of my soon to be released movies. I missed the chance to play god recently. But I want to play god,” he revealed during an interview.