A Veteran Actor Who Became Commissioner For Culture And Tourism In Delta State

Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo

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

BACKGROUND Mofe-Damijo was born in the Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, Delta State. He attended Midwest College, Warri, and Anglican Grammar School, where he was a member of the Drama Club. He furthered his education by studying Theatre Arts at the University of Benin. In 1997, he returned to the university to study law at the University of Lagos and graduated in 2004.

After completing his education, Mofe-Damijo became involved in the soap opera Ripples, but gained more recognition for his portrayal of the villain Segun Kadiri in the rival soap Checkmate. Prior to that, he worked as a writer for Concord Newspapers Metro Magazine and Quality. Out of Bounds marked his first film for which he received a writer/producer credit. In 2005, at the inaugural African Movie Academy Awards, Mofe-Damijo won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. On 5 January 2017, he co-hosted the 2016 GLO-CAF Awards with Nigerian journalist Mimi Fawaz. On 8 December 2021, he received the Black Star Honor at the Rhymes on Da Runway event in Ghana.

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

Mofe-Damijo was previously married to journalist/publisher and talk show host May Ellen ‘MEE’ Ezekiel. After her death in 1996, he married TV personality Jumobi Adegbesan, who later transitioned from TV presenting to the corporate world. Mofe-Damijo has five children: two with his current wife and three from his previous marriage.

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