Revered Nollywood actor, Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo, popularly known as RMD, has every reason to be excited and make merry.
The award winning actor, writer, producer, lawyer and fashion icon is currently basking in the euphoria of his birthday, as he turns 60 today.
The stylish thespian born in Aladja, a coastal community in Udu, a kingdom of the Urhobo tribe in Warri, has been able to propel his success story through sheer dint of dedication, grit and grace of God.
It was a beauty to behold last week Saturday, July 3rd as friends of the iconic movie star gathered virtually to celebrate him via a lecture titled:Real Men Dance, the significance of Richard Mofe Damijo.
At the event convened by Jamin Ohwovoriole, revered veteran actress Joke Silva recalled meeting RMD in 1984 at an event. She added that since then, the actor has played a significant role in the growth of Nigerian movie industry.
“We have been together since 1984, it’s been quite a journey. I wish you all the best. It’s just so wonderful to have known you over the years. You’ve not only been a brother, we have done a lot work together in the industry,” she said.
“I shall join you in a couple of months to also clock 60. I thank God for all you’ve been able to achieve in the past years. God will strengthen you give you plenty of abundance.”
On his own part, Dr Niyi Coker of San Diego State University said: “It was not an easy road to get to this stage, to create a legacy of work. This isn’t an industry that the government supported, it’s an industry built on can do spirit.We commend the legacy of his work and struggle. We celebrate you, we appreciate your sacrifice.You have created a legacy of a good of work. Thank you for contributing to who we are as a people and letting the world know that culturally, we are a force to reckon with”.
Also describing RMD’s contribution to empowering young Nigerians on social media, Prof Mabel Evwierhoma said: ”His abilities to crop up many artistes to stardom should not be forgotten .His use of social media to create connection with the young to make them strong and bold and to face their future wit strength is commendable. Many of his peers at UNIBEN have positive things to say about his artistic ability which hasn’t waned”.
In his appreciative remarks, RMD commended the organizers of the event and discussants for pouring encomiums on him.