The Authority Icon: RICHARD MOFE DAMIJO
For using his proven talent as an actor to leverage Nollywood, positioning it as a competitive counterforce to Hollywood and Bollywood; for being a powerful voice for Culture and Tourism and also demonstrating that the challenges of life are best met with unflinching courage and fortitude, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) is The AUTHORITY on SATURDAY Icon
He is a consummate actor, politician and lawyer. He has excelled so well in his chosen profession as an actor that he has attracted several honours to himself. In 2005 he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In 2009, he was appointed Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State by former Governor Uduaghan. Meet Richard Mofe Damijo - popularly known as RMD.
He was born on July 6, 1961 in Warri, Delta State. He attended Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and was a member of the Drama Club. Moving forward, he enrolled into the University of Benin to continue his education and studied Theatre Arts. In 1997, he returned to the university to study law at the University of Lagos and graduated in 2004.
After graduating from the university, 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, Mofe-Damijo won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Mofe-Damijo was the commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State. He was married to the late May Ellen Ezekiel, a foremost journalist popularly known as MEE. After MEE's death in 1996, he married again, this time to former Jumoke Adegbesan. He has five children in total; four from his current marriage and one from his previous marriage with MEE.