Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo (born 6 July 1961), popularly known as RMD, is a Nigerian actor, writer, producer, lawyer, and former journalist.[1] He was also a former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State in 2009.[2][3] In 2005, he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.[4][5] He received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2016.[6][7]

Richard Mofe-Damijo
Mofe-Damijo at the premiere of Love Is War
Richard Mofe-Damijo

(1961-07-06) 6 July 1961 (age 62)
Aladja, Delta, Nigeria
Alma materUniversity of Benin
Occupation(s)Actor, politician
Years active1980s-present
  • MEE Mofe-Damijo
  • Jumobi Adegbesan
Awards2005 Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

Early life edit

Mofe-Damijo was born in Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, Delta State. 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.[1] In 1997, Mofe-Damijo returned to the university to study law at the University of Lagos and graduated in 2004.[4][8]

Career edit

After graduating from university with a Theatre Arts degree, Mofe-Damijo appeared in the soap opera Ripples as a police inspector but gained more popularity as villain Segun Kadiri in rival soap Checkmate. Before then, he had a stint as a writer with daily newspaper The Concord,[9] and magazines Metro and Quality.[10] Out of Bounds was the first film for which he received a writer/producer credit.[1][11] In 2005, at the maiden edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Mofe-Damijo won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.[4] On 5th January 2017, he hosted the 2016 GLO-CAF Awards alongside Nigerian journalist Mimi Fawaz.[12][13] On 8th December 2021, he won an award at Ghana, a Black Star Honor at the Rhymes on Da Runway in Gold coast, Ghana.[14]

Political career edit

Mofe-Damijo was appointed as the Special Adviser of Culture and Tourism[15] to the then Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in 2008, and later became the commissioner for Culture and Tourism of Delta State, Nigeria in 2009.[5] His tenure ended in 2015.[16]

Personal life edit

Mofe-Damijo was married to a journalist/publisher and talk show host May Ellen 'MEE' Ezekiel.[17] After her death in 1996, Mofe-Damijo married TV personality Jumobi Adegbesan, who later left TV presenting for the corporate world. Mofe-Damijo has five children: two with his current wife and three from his previous marriage.[18]

Selected filmography edit

Year Film Role Notes
1997 Out of Bounds with Bimbo Akintola & Racheal Oniga
1998 Scores to Settle with Liz Benson & Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
Diamond Ring Chief Dike with Liz Benson & Gbadewonuola Oyelakin aka Teju Babyface
1999 Freedom
The Price with Eucharia-Anunobi EKWU
2003 When God Says Yes with Pete Edochie & Stella Damasus-Aboderin
The Richest Man
The Return with Segun Arinze
The Intruder with Stella Damasus-Aboderin & Rita Dominic
Soul Provider with Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
Romantic Attraction with Stella Damasus-Aboderin, Chioma Chukwuka & Zack Orji
Private Sin Pastor Jack with Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke, Olu Jacobs & Patience Ozokwor
Passions with Genevieve Nnaji & Stella Damasus-Aboderin
Love with Genevieve Nnaji & Segun Arinze
Keeping Faith: Is That Love? with Genevieve Nnaji & Joke Silva
I Will Die for You with Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde & Segun Arinze
Emotional Pain with Stella Damasus-Aboderin
2004 The Mayors with Sam Dede & Segun Arinze
True Romance with Rita Dominic & Desmond Elliot
The Legend with Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Standing Alone with Stella Damasus-Aboderin & Tony Umez
Sisters' Enemy
Queen with Stella Damasus-Aboderin
Little Angel
Kings Pride with Stella Damasus-Aboderin
I Want Your Wife
Indecent Girl Charles with Ini Edo
Indecent Act with Rita Dominic
I Believe in You with Rita Dominic
Engagement Night with Stella Damasus-Aboderin
Deadly Desire
Danger Signal with Desmond Elliot
Critical Decision with Genevieve Nnaji & Stephanie Okereke
Burning Desire with Stella Damasus-Aboderin & Mike Ezuruonye
Critical Assignment The President with Hakeem Kae-Kazim
2005 The Bridesmaid with Chioma Chukwuka, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal & Stella Damasus-Aboderin
Darkest Night with Genevieve Nnaji, Segun Arinze & Uche Jombo
Bridge-Stone with Liz Benson & Zack Orji
Behind Closed Doors with Stella Damasus-Aboderin, Desmond Elliot & Patience Ozokwor
Baby Girl with Pete Edochie
2006 Angels of Destiny
2007 Caught in the Middle
2014 30 Days in Atlanta Kimberley's father
2016 Dinner Adetunde George Snr with Iretiola Doyle[19]
The Wedding Party Felix Onwuka with Sola Sobowale, Ireti Doyle & Adesua Etomi
The Grudge (2016 film) with Doyle and Funmi Holder[20]
2017 10 Days in Sun City Otunba Ayoola Williams with Ayo Makun & Adesua Etomi
The Wedding Party 2 Felix Onwuka with Sola Sobowale, Ireti Doyle & Adesua Etomi
2019 God Calling[21] Sade's father with Zainab Balogun, Kabiri Fubara, Adedamol Adedeoyin, Onyeka Onwenu, Seun Ajayi, Eku Eduwor, Seun Faqua
Love Is War Dimeji Phillips with Omoni Oboli
2020 The New Normal (2020 film)
2021 Fine Wine Seye George with Ego Nwosu, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Keppy Ekpenyong and Zainab Balogun
King of Boys: The Return

of the King

Reverend Ifeanyi with Sola Sobowale, Toni Tones, Reminisce and Illbliss
2020 The New Normal (2020 film)
2021 Christmas in Miami[22] Dafe with Ayo Makun

TV shows edit

Year Show Role Notes
2021 Castle & Castle Tega Castle with Dakore Akande, Ade Laoye and Deyemi Okanlawon

Awards and nominations edit

Year Event Prize Work Result
2009 5th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Film In Nigeria State of The Heart Nominated
2012 2012 Best of Nollywood Awards Special Recognition Award Won
2015 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Supporting Actor 30 days in Atlanta Nominated
2016 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards LifeTime Achievement Award Won
2017 2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actor in Leading Role Nominated
Africa Movie Academy Awards Nominated
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2021 Net Honours Most Popular Actor Nominated
2022 Exclusive Men of the Year Africa Awards Continental Film Icon Won
2023 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Actor In A Drama, Movie Or TV Series[23][24] Four Four Forty Four Nominated

References edit

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  2. ^ "RMD Net Worth, Cars & Latest Biography in 2021". Latest car news, car blog news in Nigeria, car import duties in Nigeria, latest car release. 21 September 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  3. ^ Godwin, Ameh Comrade (30 November 2012). "Former Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo in N50m embezzlement scandal". Daily Post Nigeria. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  4. ^ a b c Akande, Victor (28 November 2009). "New world of A-list stars blacklisted in 2005". The Nation. Lagos, Nigeria: Vintage Press Limited. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Delta State Government swears in two new Commissioners". Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  6. ^ Ekechukwu, Ferdinand (27 October 2018). "For RMD, It's Good News from Kigali". Thisday Live. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  7. ^ Ekpai, Joan (14 June 2016). "RMD receives Lifetime Achievement award from Pete Edochie (AMAA 2016)". Nollywood Community. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  8. ^ Balogun, Sola. "Acting on stage is my greatest passion". Daily Sun. Lagos, Nigeria: The Sun Publishing Limited. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  9. ^ "After Concord Newspaper died, it felt like I lost a baby –Mike Awoyinfa". 15 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Richard Mofe-Damijo: Profile of an iconic Nollywood actor". P.M. News. 8 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Richard Mofe-Damijo – Profile". New York City: African Film Festival. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  12. ^ "Mimi Fawaz and Richard Mofe-Damijo to emcee 2016 Glo-Caf Awards". Confedération Africaine du Football (CAF). Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Mimi Fawaz and Richard Mofe-Damijo to compere 2016 Glo-Caf Awards". 4 January 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  14. ^ "Richard Mofe-Damijo honoured in Ghana - P.M. News". Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  15. ^ "Special Adviser or not im still an actor RMD". Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Comedian mocks RMD". Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Remembering May Ezekiel, 21 years after". 25 March 2017.
  18. ^ "RMD: Two Decades of Screen Romance". Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  19. ^ "Dinner". IMDb.
  20. ^ "FUNMI HOLDER: The Nigerian Actress Who Went Back in Time". 19 January 2020.
  21. ^ "God Calling Movie". IMDb. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  22. ^ Peters, Robert (24 December 2021), Christmas in Miami (Comedy), Manoj Chandra, Verne Alexandre, John Amos, retrieved 8 October 2023
  23. ^ "Full List: Here are all our AMVCA 9 Nominees". AMVCA - Full List: Here are all our AMVCA 9 Nominees. Retrieved 23 April 2023.
  24. ^ Somto, Bisina (20 May 2023). "Tobi Bakre Wins Best Actor 2023 AMVCA For 'Brotherhood' – Prime Business Africa". Prime Business Africa. Retrieved 10 June 2023.

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