The biography of Richard Mofe Damijo is a journey of an individual that has always wanted to become a thespian. It is the behind the scene narrative of a Nigerian actor who has become the face of success in the movie industry today.
It is as if he knew of what was to come. Of what his tomorrow would look like and thus prepared himself for the full portrayal of that role.
This is a fact easily gleaned from the various youthful images of Richard Mofe Damijo scattered all over the internet like a social media advisory for looking sharp and vibrant even while in ones fifties.
Even as a young man he was part of the drama club at Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School which he attended. From where he would move to the University of Benin to study Theatre Arts, he graduated in 1983.
As far as education is concerned the thespian would again return to the learning halls of the University Of Lagos in 1997 and would graduate with a law degree in 2004.
He was called to the Nigerian bar in 2005
Richard Mofe Damijo was born on the 6th of July 1961 in a community of Udu Kingdom, near Warri, called Aladja.
After graduating from the university, the young thespian would spend brief periods of his life as a reporter for both Concord Newspapers and Metro Magazine respectively.
But his desire to be part of the acting world would see him struggle to play a part towards achieving that goal when he became part of the television soap opera in the late 80’s called Ripples. This movie would start him on his path to fame.
Ripples featured the likes of Alex Usifo Omiagbo, Yetunde Idowu, late Sam Loco Efe, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Larry Williams, Barbara Soky, Keppy Bassey Ekpenyong-Inyang, Segun Arinze, late Jennifer Emeka-Ossai, Olisa Adibua, Genevieve Nnaji and was aired every Friday between 8:30-9:00 p.m.
The soap Opera was produced by Zeb Ejiro. Ripples which ran for five years uninterrupted on NTA,was rested in 1993.
But the tide began to shift in his favour with Out of Bound which was the first film he wrote and produced.
He was married to May Ellen-Ezekiel (MEE), the publisher of Classique Magazine, editor of Quality Magazine, host of Mee & You Television Talk Show and a philanthropist.
She died during a fibroid operation in Lagos in March 23, 1996 at age 39.
Richard Mofe Damijo has always been quick to admit that she was a great helper, who changed his life for the better. a fact that was deeply expressed on her posthumous birthday in 2006.
He said, “Love of my life. My Quarterback. My Rock. My wife. I am everything I am because you love me. Warts’n All. Ur d one God gave me to love me as I am. 16 years later see where we are. See how I am. You make it all look beautiful. Mother of my children. My Adumaradan. I know you’ll rather I don’t bring you out here but I will love them to know the OTHER source of my strength and pride. Thank you baby for keeping my feet on the ground and making it real. You are my HERO. I love you. Happy birthday my ABK.”
They share a son together, his eldest son Oghenekome.
He is married to Eniola Abiodun and they have two kids already, a boy and a girl. Making Richard Mofe Damijo a grand father.
He got married to Jumobi Adegbesan four years after the death of his wife, on the 29th of December 2000. She is 13 years younger than the celebrated thespian.
She is a successful business woman in the corporate world and was back then a big name in the television world while working for AIT.
Together they have for kids, making Richard Mofe Damijo a father of Five!
He also journeyed into politics in his home state.Where in 2008 he was called to serve first, in the capacity of a Special Adviser to the Governor and then as The Honorable commissioner of Culture and Tourism. He served for two terms.
He was made a Glo Ambassador in 2014 along with Pa Aluwe, Zebrudaya, Mr. Latin, Madam Kofo among others.
He has some notable awards to his name
- 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
I would like to give this piece on the biography of Richard Mofe Damijo a celebrity news and gossip feel and for that reason i would like to add at this point some of the films in which he played a major role. Hopefully jolting your memories a bit.
- 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
It should also be remembered that at age 33 he published Nigeria’s first all-gloss magazine for men, ‘MISTER’ which was sold into several millions.
This is definitely not all there is to the biography of Richard Mofe Damijo. In this case, time is the greatest collaborator in getting enough materials even on subjects like this one.
That is why it should be considered an ongoing project. We shall continue to add to the biography of Richard Mofe Damijo as new information on the man is brought to the light.
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