Sexy grandpa as he has been nicknamed by most young Nigerians, Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD) is a force to reckon with in the Nollywood industry and beyond.
For Richard Mofe-Damijo, age is not a barrier for greater achievements. In fact, like the proverbial fine wine, he got better with age both in looks and wisdom.
Despite starting his career at an early age, the 56-years old has continued to break grounds in the entertainment industry and what with his recent project, debuting as a director for his first series production, there is no stopping him.
However, below are 9 interesting facts you need to know about the super talented Richard.
1) He was born on July 6, 1961 in Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, near Warri, Delta State.
2) Fully born and bred in Warri, RMD only got to leave his indigenous town when it was time to attend university which he did not far off in the prestigious University of Benin, Edo state to study Theatre Arts. He later proceeded to the University of Lagos to study Law in 1997.
3) He started acting in the early 80s, featuring in his first play, ‘Wrath of the gods’ and first movie, ‘Ripples’, but not without working as a reporter for Concord Newspapers and Metro Magazine.
4) During his early twenties, he started publishing the first ever glossy Nigerian male magazine; Mister Magazine which he later sold for millions shortly before he turned 30. Now, he runs a personal blog where he documents his life and encourages his fans.
5) RMD is happily married to former AIT presenter turned business woman, Jumobi Adegbesan and together, they have four children; two girls, two boys and a son from his previous marriage to his late wife, popular TV journalist, May Ellen-Ezekiel (MEE).
6) Few months ago, his last son celebrated his birthday and the actor gushed about his being the first delivery he witnessed.
7) Reminiscing how his late mother took his decision to study Theatre Arts in the university, Richard Mofe-Damijo who has starred in over fifty movies wrote on his Instagram page, Mama, I made it. Many many years ago after I had passed my higher school certificate examination, Mama Rich asked me what I was going to study at the university I said theatre arts. I could tell she wasn’t happy at all. That didn’t sound like the LAWYER her cousin had suggested I should become. Tears in her eyes she kept begging me to study law. I knew she couldn’t argue the case any further not because she was illiterate but the fact that as her only child she had also come to trust me a little bit. Also my stubbornness or resolve won’t allow me shift grounds. She knows her Eyimofe. She also knew her tears moved me. So, very slowly I took her hands held them tight and looked into her eyes and assured her not to worry that I will be ok. We will be ok. That she will be “seeing me on television”. This was 1980. At this time I wasn’t sure how many Warri boys had “made it to television” let alone me the skinny boy from Welfare Road. Thankfully she didn’t have to wait too long. 2 years later I got my first tv role… Emeka. The play Wrath of the Gods was an instant hit and winner of many awards. It wasn’t just my victory, it was hers as well. Her son had done well, not as a lawyer but an actor. After all how many lawyers made it “to television” at that time in Warri or Nigeria as a whole and none of her friends children had been on television, so there she earned her first bragging rights. Her son was famous, lawyer or not. She went to her grave happy. Years later I would also become the LAWYER she so wanted me to be.
8) Brand ambassador to notable companies, Papa Bear as he likes to refer to himself is a grandfather of two beautiful kids and was once the commissioner of Culture and Tourism in Delta state (between 2011-2015).
9) The father of five is currently working on his first television series production. Announcing the new venture recently, he said: You would think that after all these years in the business me wanting to do a TV series of my own would not be a big deal right? Lie. It has been an uphill journey as I am as challenged if not even more so than most people who have taken up similar ventures. I am my own worst critic and i set standards for myself that sometimes my partners call unfair but hey, it is what it is. Anyways, long story short, after approximately 5 years of dreaming, strategising and planning, cameras finally rolled today for my new TV series.
For this gorgeous 56-year old, Richard Mofe-Damijo has learned to trust the spirit of God which makes him ride, master and become an inspiration to do more.
Such a great fearless achiever, never give up on your dreams people!