Richard Mofe-Damijo

Richard Mofe-Damijo

The journey of talent, controversy and success

06 July 1961

Early Life and Education

Born on July 6, 1961, in Aladja, Nigeria, Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo, widely known as RMD has achieved remarkable success in the Nigerian film industry, known as Nollywood. RMD was born in the Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, near Warri, Delta State. He attended Midwest College, Warri, and Anglican Grammar School, where he discovered his passion for acting as a member of the Drama Club. Following his secondary education, he pursued a degree in Theatre Arts at the University of Benin. Later, in 1997, he returned to the academic world to study law at the University of Lagos, graduating in 2004.

06 July 1987

Career Breakthrough and Achievements

RMD's career in the entertainment industry began with a television soap opera called "Ripples" in the late '80s. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter for Concord Newspapers and Metro Magazine. His first significant recognition came with the movie "Out of Bounds," for which he received credits as a writer and producer. In 2005, RMD won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, marking a pivotal moment in his acting journey. He continued to excel in his craft, earning a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2016.

14 July 2008

Political Involvement and Controversies

In addition to his artistic pursuits, RMD has been involved in politics. In 2008, he was appointed as the Special Adviser of Culture and Tourism to the Governor of Delta State. Subsequently, in 2009, he became the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism of Delta State, a position he held until 2015. However, his political career was marred by controversy when he was accused of being involved in the alleged looting of N50 million along with Ms. Philo Nkem Ajufo, the acting General Manager of Delta State's Tourism Board. RMD vehemently denied any involvement in the allegations.

10 July 2023

Filmography and Recognition

RMD's filmography spans a wide range of genres and includes notable movies such as "Diamond Ring," "30 Days in Atlanta," "Oloibiri," and "Chief Daddy." He has worked alongside renowned actors and actresses in the Nigerian film industry, and his performances have garnered critical acclaim. Throughout his career, RMD has received numerous awards and nominations, including Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards and a Special Recognition Award at the Best of Nollywood Awards. In 2021, he received a Black Star Honor at the Rhymes on Da Runway event in Ghana.

14 July 2023

Personal Life

RMD's personal life has also garnered attention. He was previously married to Nigerian journalist/publisher May Ellen-Ezekiel (MEE), who sadly passed away in 1996. He later remarried TV personality Jumobi Adegbesan, with whom he has two children. RMD also has two children from his previous marriage. In 2021, he faced allegations of infidelity, with claims that he had cheated on his wife Jumobi with Chioma Ilomuanya, an interior designer he met on a movie set.

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