Richard Mofe-Damijo, a seasoned actor in Nollywood, turned 61 on Wednesday.
The actor uploaded pictures of himself to Instagram at midnight, thanking his family, friends, business associates, and to “the hands in the creative industry that have given me so much joy and opportunities to shoot my shot!”
“This is 61 and counting! Super grateful and thankful for God’s grace upon my life. Birthdays are a chance to look back and forward and all I see is God’s grace upon the life of this shy Warri boy that said yes to life,” the rest of his message read.
Mofe-Damijo has received numerous accolades and acted in numerous films throughout the course of a more than 40-decade acting career. He took home the Best Actor in a Leading Role prize at the 2005 Africa Movie Academy Awards. At the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2016, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Recent movies he appeared in include “Love Is War,” “Fine Wine,” and “King of Boys: The Return of the King.”
He formerly served as Delta State’s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism from 2009 to 2015.
May Ellen “MEE” Ezekiel, a journalist, publisher, and talk show host, was the husband of Mofe-Damijo. After she passed away in 1996, he wedded Jumobi Adegbesan, a TV presenter who eventually quit TV to go in business.
Five kids were born to Mofe-Damijo—two with his present spouse and three from his first union.