Richard Mofe Damijo Nollywood Star (popularly known as RMD, born July 6, 1961) is a Nigerian actor and politician. In 2005 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Since January 2009 he is the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria.
Richard Mofe Damijo Nollywood Star Early life
Popularly known as RMD, is a former Nigerian journalist/publisher, and now Nollywood actor. Having starred in numerous movies, he is one of Nigeria’s highest earning actors. Richard Mofe Damijo was once married to the late Nigerian journalist May Ellen Ezekiel.
Richard Mofe Damijo is from a family of 18 children. While he has many siblings through his father’s polygamous relationships; Richard Mofe Damijo is the only child of his mother and is thus strongly bonded to her. Living with his mother, he learned to perform what is regarded in Africa as women’s chores, including cooking. Richard Mofe Damijo enrolled into the University of Benin to continue his education and studied Theatre Arts. In 1997 returned to the university to study law at the University of Lagos and graduated in 2004.
After graduating from the university, Richard 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 Awards Richard Mofe Damijo won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Richard Mofe Damijo hobbies are poetry, travelling, and writing. Richard Mofe Damijo also likes playing Squash. In addition, he loves Nigerian music, claims he is old school and thus enjoys listening to Chris Okotie, R. Kelly, Prince and Elton John. His greatest passion, however, is acting on stage. RMD says that it is challenging, spontaneous, and involves direct audience participation.
Between 1995 to 2004, Richard Mofe Damijo had acted in 30 films like Tulip Banden 1 & 2, Out of Bounds, and The Price etc. He starred in 100 plays on stage and has performed also on the London stage in a Nigerian adaptation of Macbeth and also in the famous in Italy. Out of Bounds was the first film for which he received a writer/producer credit. Furthermore, the film has won many awards in Nigeria, including best actress and best soundtrack
Mofe-Damijo is currently the commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria.
Richard Mofe Damijo was married to the late May Ellen Ezekiel, a foremost Nigerian journalist popularly known as MEE. After MEE’s death in 1996, Richard Mofe Damijo married again. He has four children.