Like a diamond with as many facets, Richard Mofe- Damijo is a man of many shining parts. Currently the Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism (since 2009), RMD, as he is fondly called, has made his mark in different career fields. From being a successful actor, journalist, lawyer and now politician; RMD has literally seen it all.
Before his political journey, RMD had already become the darling of Nigerian television audiences with his dashing good looks and acting skills. He starred brilliantly in renowned television soaps like Checkmate, and also in some Nollywood movies.
Born in Warri, Delta State, RMD discovered his acting talents at a young age in Anglican Grammar School, where he was a member of the school’s drama club. He harnessed it at the University of Benin, Edo State, where he studied Theatre Arts. He later bagged a Law degree at the University of Lagos.
“I never really left (acting),” he tells Sam Umukoro Interview with that famous glitter in his eyes, and adds, “For as long as there is time on my hand I would always want to be in front of the camera, it just gives me a kick.” His stellar acting career could be said to have also inspired a generation of creative talents from the Niger Delta region and across Nigeria.
In this exclusive interview, RMD set the records straight after recent pictures of him looking slim sparked a wildfire of rumours on the Internet and social media platforms about the state of his health. He also takes us through an inspiring journey of his life and career paths, as well as the challenges and triumphs in his present designation as Delta State commissioner.