THE LEGENDARY RICHARD MOFE-DAMIJO (RMD)
At a point in Nollywood, he was the bridge between the old and the young, the quintessential actor whose appeal for the youths was and is still legendary and the respect he has attained among the older generation remains peerless. RMD was one of the few actors who showed up on the scene when the industry was at a crossroad, begging for direction. He had a whole generation of young aspiring actors eating from his palms while movie watchers of all ages, sex and class were held spellbound by his uncommon charm, charisma and finesse as an actor. At a time also when the industry suffered image setback, RMD was one the few actors who redeemed the industry by sheer force of his personality. He is also a writer, model and most recently a politician.
Richard Mofe-Damijo was born in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. He attended Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and was a member of the Drama Club. He enrolled into the University of Benin to continue his education and studied Theatre arts. In 1997 Mofe-Damijo returned to the university to study law at the University of Lagos and graduated in 2004. After graduating from the university, Mofe-Damijo took part in a television soap opera in the late 80’s called Ripples. Before then, he had a stint with Concord Newspapers and Metro Magazine as a reporter. Out of Bounds was the first film for which he received a writer/producer credit. In 2005 at the maiden edition of the African Movie Academy Award Mofe-Damijo won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Mofe-Damijo was formerly the commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria. He was married to the late May Ellen Ezekiel, a foremost Nigerian journalist popularly known as MEE. After MEE’s death in 1996, Mofe-Damijo married again. He has five children in total; four biological and one he adopted from his previous marriage with MEE.
– Felix Smuv Abattam