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RMD reclaims his crown as King of Nollywood

Two-time commissioner in Delta state, lawyer and actor, Richard Mofe Damijo is back in Nollywood’s top league, in spite of stepping aside to attend to other engagements in the last few years.

With four widely acclaimed movies in the last quarter of 2016, the Warri, Delta state-born 55 year old grandfather is back for good.

At the cinemas across Nigeria between October and December 2016, movie buffs enjoyed his star factor in The Grudge, Oloibiri, Three Wise Men and The Wedding Party.

The movies which practically ran simultaneously at some locations confirmed the value the handsome husband of Jumobi (nee Adegbesan) brings to the table.

His appearance in the well rated movies excited Nollywood fans to no end, and further echoed the box-office advantage of using an adored star.

The Grudge, where RMD’s fling with Funmi Holder was witnessed by his wife, Iretiola Doyle without the adulterers knowing, was a masterfully crafted story which also featured Odunlade Adekola and Ijeoma Aniebo.

The suspense which centred around Iretiola Doyle’s cold treatment of her husband was a masterstroke.

The only unresolved issue was the poisoning of Holder by Doyle.

Oloibiri is a serious movie about the agitations of oil producing communities for economic relevance and independence as their land is ravaged and their people are impoverished.

As a militant with fervour and genuine liberation of his people, RMD’s role captured the pains of the communities as corrupt leaders sold the future of their kinsmen for pittance and immediate gratification. The movie also starred Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Olu Jacobs and Ivie Okujaye.

Three Wise Men is a comedy with a difference about how three retirees spent their twilight after receiving their pension.

Suffering from ‘midlife crisis’, they (RMD, Zack Orji and Victor Olaotan) wanted to be young and silly again. They cavorted with ladies young enough to be their granddaughters, lavishing money on meaningless soirees and attention on their ‘runs girls’.

One lost almost all his pension to a fraudulent lady, another had a rollicking good time and the last one was looking forward to visiting a resort, while his wife recuperated from shock of his adultery.

Tina Mba and Ebele Okaro were fittingly cast in the movie produced by Opa Williams.

The romantic comedy starring Banky W and Adesua Etomi ran away as the box-office winner of 2016. Parodying the misplaced attention Nigerians put on weddings instead of marriage, The Wedding Party was a winner on many fronts.

Parading RMD, Iretiola Doyle, Sola Sobowale, Alibaba, Ikechukwu, Beverly Naya, among others, The Wedding Party was directed by Kemi Adetiba.

And with these four A-list films, RMD, who married Jumobi Adegbesan in 2000, has reestablished himself as a bankable actor.


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