There Have Been A Spectre Of Death Around My Life – RMD Says As He Clocks 60, Reveals Fears
Nollywood veteran actor, Richard Moje Damijo, popularly called RMD, has revealed his fears as he marks his 60th birthday.
RMD in an interview before his birthday which is on Tuesday, July 6, revealed that he has been living with the fear of death since last year as none of his parents got to 60 years before their death.
“None of my parents lived to be 60. So, life for me is just about to get started. There’s been a spectre of death around my life; that’s what I’ve been dealing with last year till this year.
When I turned 59, that was a big deal for me, big deal for me! My mom died at 59 and my father died at 57/58.”
“So, it was like ‘can I break it?’ When people see me and I go on a weight loss, people think that it is health. Both my parents were diabetic and hypertensive; I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to be diabetic and hypertensive; I want to be healthier. At least give myself a fighting chance to change that whole cycle.
“Yes, I’m a Christian now; so, I have broken that yoke, but I have to also help myself. Becoming 60 for me is even a bigger deal. So, when July comes and I become 60; you know how the Bible says old things have passed away? I will truly, truly become a new man because, for me, that is when I will make a bucket list.
“So, all these things that you think I have achieved or done, for me it is nothing, like zero. My biggest accomplishment for me now is my family. So, I’m going to now sit down when I’m 60 and do a bucket list … and then we’ll start.”
As the long awaited July 6 came, many nollywood actors and actresses have celebrated the legendary RMD.
Joke Silva on her Instagram page wrote;
“The one and only Richard Mofe Damijo RMD. In 1993, you played my priest in the ‘King must Dance Naked'(stage). In that same year, you played my father in the ‘Musical Holy Child’ (stage). ’94, you played my love interest in ‘Lion and the Jewel’ (stage), my son in ‘Violated’ (film) and ‘Idia’ (stage), my husband in ‘Husband’s Wife’ (stage) and ‘Namatse Wahala’ (film).
“Consummate actor…but more importantly good friend. You have shown us 60 is just the beginning. Enjoy your new season. Jumobi, thank you. Without you, our RMD of today would not be possible.”
Mercy Aigbe wrote on Instagram;
“So RMD be giving some major Sugar Daddy Vibezzzz! This pappy has refused to age!
“Happy birthday to the legendary @mofedamijo, keep basking in God’s Abundant Grace, great health and unending blessings! Have a blast Zaddy!”
Kate Henshaw wrote;
“Bros of Brosses dem!! Who dey breeeet? 60 whaaaaat??!!!! Forget abeg, age ain’t nothing but a number when you are living your life truly on your own terms!! May God continue to honour you and be gracious unto you all the days of your life!. Hip Hip Hip!! Hurray!!. Happy birthday, @mofedamijo . Lots of love”(sic).
Dakore Akande wrote;
“The Living Legend, the Icon Living Sir Richard Mofe Damijo @mofedamijo is 60!!!!???? How many 60-year-olds look like this????
“They’re few and far between, that’s for sure! But this man goes way beyond his great looks. He has been an inspiration to me and I’m sure a lot of people cut across different ages, stages and disciplines.
“Where do I begin? Biggest bros, mentor, Man of God, my Senior paddy in the jungle, my Tega of #caughtinthemiddle, my Mr Castle of #castleandcastle series! E pain me say I no dey around for the main groove chai! But we go continue from where we stop I promise
“Have a fantabulous 60th birthday. Do shakara well well and know that you are loved, revered and appreciated! May God bless you forever and a day! #RMDis60 #ChiefZADDY”(sic).