Joke Silva and Bolanle Austen-Peters, Nigerian movie stars, have joined others to commend the heroics of RMD, their colleague in the film landscape, ahead of his 60th birthday.


RMD, whose real name is Richard Mofe-Damijo, will mark his birthday on July 6.

On Saturday, a virtual meeting featuring prominent figures in the movie industry as well as academics was held in honour of the veteran actor.

The event, titled “Real Men Dance: The Significance of Richard Mofe-Damijo,” examined RMD’s career strides as an actor and how he has continued to inspire others.


In her remark, 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 her part, Bolanle hailed RMD for changing the narrative in the country’s film industry through his success and inspiring the younger generation in the process.

“You have shown us the possibilities that are inherent in Nigeria where being an actor is extremely difficult. But you’ve been able to reinvent what acting should look like and what actors should also look like,” she said.

“You have reminded all of us that we should be the biggest promoters of our brand. You have also become a role model for a lot of young ones in the movie industry. By working with a lot of young people, you have bridged the age issue in Nigeria.”

Other speakers which include Niyi Coker, Olusegun Ojewuyi, Kole Ade Odutola, Obi Nwakanma and Benjamin Ohwovoriole stressed the need to document people such as RMD who have impacted lives positively for future reference.


In his reaction, RMD commended the organisers of the event while appreciating the participants for their good wishes.

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