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.
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RMD Early Life
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 the 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.
RMD Early Career
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.
RMD Personal Life
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.
RMD Personal Life
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.
Mofe-Damijo has starred in over 60 movies and television series both locally and internationally, below is a list of some of the interesting movies he has starred in:
- Out of Bounds, 1997
- Hostages, 1997
- Scores to Settle, 1998
- Diamond Ring, 1998
- Freedom, 1999
- When God Says Yes, 2003
- Love, 2003
- Keeping Faith: Is That Love, 2003
- Romantic Attraction, 2003
- The Intruder, 2003
- I Will Die For You, 2003
- Emotional Pain, 2003
- The Mayors, 2004
- True Romance, 2004
- The Legend, 2004
- I want Your Wife, 2004
- Indecent Act, 2004
- Engagement Night, 2004
- Critical Decision, 2004
- Burning Desire, 2004
- Critical Assignment, 2004
- The Bridesmaid, 2005
- Darkest Night, 2005
- Behind Closed Doors, 2005
- Welcome to Nollywood, 2007
- 30 Days in Atlanta, 2014
- Oloibiri, 2015
- Okafor’s Law, 2016
- Three Wise Men, 2016
- Dinner, 2016
- The Wedding Party, 2016
- The Grudge, 2016
- Hush, 2016- 2017
- I Love My Wife Even After Death, 2017
- 10 days in Sun City, 2017
- The Wedding Party 2, 2017
- Boxing Day: A Day After Christmas, 2017
- My God never fail me, 2018
- Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons, 2018
- Cross Roads, 2018
- God Calling, 2018
- Chief Daddy, 2018
- Blood And Oil, 2019
- The Hour, 2019
- Castle And Castle, 2019
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.
Awards And Recognition
RMD is a multi-award winner, below is a list of few of his awards.
- Best Actor in a Leading Role, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2005
- Special Recognition Award, Best of Nollywood Awards, 2012
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2016
- Overall Best Actor in a Leading Role, in the movie Cross Road, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2018
Richard Mofe-Damijo Quotes
“The thing about getting older is that with each passing day you know yourself better, find your voice more and generally become better aware.”
“Two sides to a story does not invalidate the truth of the abused, the molested, the hurting. Do not be quick to rebut someone’s pain.”
“Do not expect a rape story to make sense to you because when a predator strikes, the circumstances are not his first thoughts.”
“If we remember that life is a journey and that every journey has a rest point, we will stop fighting with and getting discouraged by every lull we experience on our life’s journey.”
“Just as we stop to refuel, eat or even stretch out during actual journeys, life sometimes stops us every now and then.”
“Be what, where, who, and how you can be, but by all means, be real.”
“Don’t enter into a relationship with the intent of giving nothing in return. You must be willing to service whatever relationship you have.”
“Have respect, more for yourself than the one you latch onto because it is self-respect that restrains you from behaving in ways that put you in bad light.”
“Never be afraid to pause sometimes to look at yourself in the mirror and ask if all is going well. If not, reappraise. Reassess. Reprogramme. Redirect. Redefine and Rev on.”
“Finding fulfillment in the midst of the storm is a gift from God.”
Relax. Trust the process. It’s easier than you think. Smiling through it all, is all the mask you need to complete the journey.”
Entrepreneurial Lessons From Richard Mofe-Damijo
Stay committed and be good at what you do. Richard has remained relevant till today and is one of the popular actors in Africa because he has continued to reinvent himself. He is in touch with industry trends and swiftly ensure he is not left behind.
Entrepreneurship is about being on top of your game, being conversant with trends and ensuring your business continues to deliver value.
RMD understands how to sift the noise from social media and keep himself away from scandals. This has helped him to remain focused on important matters. As entrepreneurs, you should know that entrepreneurship is not as glamorous as portrayed on social media. You have to guide yourself, sieve the information you consume and stay grinding.
Do you feel the confidence that RMD exudes? Whatever he does, he do with a certain charisma that is intoxicating. Entrepreneurs should believe in themselves, their products and should not be scared to tell the world what they do.
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