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Actor Mofe-Damijo reads from ‘RMD: Portraits of a Warri Boy’ at Roving Heights, Lagos, July 23

POPULAR actor and media personality, Richard Eyimofe Damijo, RMD, is next guest-star to read and discuss contents of his coffee-table biography, ‘RMD: Portraits of a Warri Boy’ with a live audience at the Roving Heights, the debonair bookstore located in the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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Holding Saturday July 23, the event jointly organised by the publishing house, Bookcraft Publishing Ibadan and the bookshop, is titled ‘An Evening with Richard Mofe Damijo’, and will have the beloved actor on the hot-seat to discuss contents of the book — published in 2021 to mark his 60th birthday anniversary — with guests drawn from various strata of the society.

Unveiled before a very large gathering that graced the lavish birthday event held last year at the Federal Palace, Victoria Island Lagos, the 200-page coffee-table book is a collection of reflections and tributes by friends, associates and colleagues of the actor from his various fields of operation, mostly the theatre and movie industries and the media in general. There were also guests from the political and economic circuits, RMD having once served for eight years as Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State.

In media interviews preceding the celebration of his Diamond anniversary, and to situate the context in which the book was published, Mofe-Damijo, said: “There’s been a specter of death around my life, that’s what I’ve been dealing with last year till this year… When I turned 59, it was a big deal for me, a big deal for me! My mom died at 59, my father died at 57/58.”

According to entry in the Wikipedia, “Mofe-Damijo was born in Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, Delta State. He attended Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and was a member of the Drama Club. He enrolled into the University of Benin to continue his education and studied Theatre Arts. In 1997, Mofe-Damijo 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 the soap opera Ripples, but gained more popularity as villain Segun Kadiri in rival soap Checkmate. Before then, he had a stint as a writer with Concord Newspapers, Metro Magazine, and Quality. 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. On 5 January 2017, he hosted the 2016 GLO-CAF Awards alongside Nigerian journalist Mimi Fawaz. On 8 December 2021, he won an award at Ghana, a Black Star Honor at the Rhymes on Da Runway in Gold coast, Ghana.

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Mofe-Damijo was appointed as the Special Adviser of Culture and Tourism to the 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 married to a journalist/publisher and talk show host, May Ellen ‘MEE’ Ezekiel. After her death in 1996, Mofe-Damijo remarried TV personality, Jumobi Adegbesan, who later left TV presenting for the corporate world.

Mofe-Damijo has five children: two with his current wife and three from his previous marriage .

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