Last week Saturday, veteran actor Richard Mofe Damijo, better known as RMD, clocked 53, and the actor celebrated it in his Lagos home with few friends and family members.
On his birthday, several encomiums poured, and one of the person was a popular comedian called Bovi, who shared his experience as RMD’s Personal
Assistant for over two years.
Read his story below;
“Fresh out of school via NYSC, I had come to Lagos with just a bag. Squatting with my uncle who was a squatter, I dusted my scripts and headed to my appointment with nollywood icon, RMD. He leaned back on his swivel chair and crossed his legs on his table. It was the cleanest pair of mokasin shoes I had ever seen. In my mind I was before a ‘god’.
“Tell me about yourself, he said. I mumbled my family history affluently. Any hopes of selling my scripts to him fizzled when he pointed to a corner in
his office that had about a hundred scripts. I wasn’t the only one trying to sell scripts. He promised to read mine and that he did. To fulfill all righteousness he took me to meet potential buyers on movie sets.
One of such buyers, a director, ripped my story and made movie years down the line. “After four weeks of escorting RMD on set, he said ‘I’m looking to hire a PA. If you think you fit the profile go home and think about it and let me know on Monday.’ My answer was immediate, ‘I don’t need to go think. I can do it, then resume on Monday.’
And PA I was for two years and six months but what I came out with, the things I learned from his direct teachings is what u describe as d polishing of diamond. He have me a book and said ‘Bovistus, if you read this book it would seem like you have a masters without d certificate.’ And that book was
‘the 22 immutable laws of branding’. And it was true.
“Once I asked him, how do you cope with the attention and the fame? He replied ‘ignore it. Or you will just die.’ Once I asked him ‘when does one cement his status as an entertainer’ and he said ‘you are only as good as your last performance. There is no holiday on this job. If you flop in your next outing, that’s the one people will remember.’
Once I asked him why a favorite big brother Nigeria character had been shockingly evicted, he smiled, looked me in the eyes and said ‘whenever you start from the top, there’s only one place to go; down.’
“These are few of the very many life changing advice that where handed down to me. More than silver and gold. And I appreciate them forever. Well, all I’ve been trying to say is “happy birthday to the legend, Richard Mofe-Damijo.”