Nollywood star Richard Mofe-Damijo, popularly known as RMD, has revealed why he was afraid to marry his wife, Jumobi Adegbesan.
If you were an avid AIT fan in the late 90s and early 2000s, chances are you saw her host the popular show ‘Lunch Break’.
Jumobi would eventually leave the show to pursue his other activities. At that time, one of the interests she decided to pursue was starting a family with RMD.
Richard and Jumobi have been married for 23 years and have two children. However, before getting married in 2000, RMD married the late Nigerian journalist and editor. May Ellen-Ezekiel (MEE).
He died in 1996 from complications from surgery.
In a recent interview with comedian Teju Babyface, the 62-year-old actor revealed why he was initially reluctant to marry Jumobi, citing an unusual reason.
Recalling instances in which she showed him acts of kindness before their marriage in 2000, he said: “I was terrified of marrying her because she was too kind. I told her I hope you don’t change when she marries you. She said no. I told her that if she changed she would kill me because she was very good. Before we got married, I told her that my biggest problem was that I didn’t deserve to marry her.”
The actor, also a former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State in 2009, narrated a specific case where Jumobi came to his house before getting married. There he met some women, but his reaction baffled him.
He said, “I wonder, why are you so nice? I don’t understand! Why don’t you say something? “I was very afraid of marrying her.”
Richard further revealed that at the lowest point in his life, he would apologize to her and her reactions always create more responsibility for him to slow down and appreciate her more.
During the interview, RMD admitted how difficult it is to be faithful in marriage and described women as “Delilah” and “Jezebels.”
The actor said that nowadays, most married male celebrities are often the targets of desperate young women who try to lure them into infidelity.
The 62-year-old actor noted that the temptations of these women can be irresistible if you are not careful.
He said: “Being faithful is difficult. You know, being in the line of work that we do is difficult because let’s face it. Every one of us who are married is the target. “I mean, look at what women are like. How can you escape from it? Women are like Delilah. They are like Jezebel. They are getting ready.”
The actor, who has a degree in theater arts, said that the only way to perpetuate the true intentions of the enemy is to constantly target the image of God or the symbol of authority in any home.
“You shoot him down. It’s like a general in the army, then the battalion disperses. His mission is to take down the head of the house.”
However, when asked how a wife is supposed to deal with secondary problems that target husbands, RMD said that the man has to get to the point where his wife also understands what she is facing.
He pointed out that if the wife is not up to the task, his flanks would be open and it would be easy to attack.
The host further asked why women quickly divorce their husbands when they cheat on them, even once.
The actor noted that these marriages always end because the women do not understand the role they play in the situation.
“It’s not a competition; it’s a partnership. They’re not grounded enough. They have to understand the concept of what they’re involved in.”
Compared to the way animals protect their territories, he said the pair, mainly females, should be able to do the same.
Escape from scandals
Scandals are something that celebrities are well known for, particularly when it comes to their marriage and relationships.
During the podcast discussion, Teju Babyface asked the actor how he has managed to keep scandals to a minimum throughout his career.
RMD noticed that he smiles despite everything and tries to be polite because there are traps like mine around a person. So you have to be very careful.
He said, “You tread carefully, and if you manage to tread carefully long enough, you master it. It becomes a dance, you know?
He compared his lifestyle to that of the famous boxer Mohammed Ali, who was once asked how he managed to remain a champion, and said he began by avoiding women and clubs.
“So I also avoid clubs. I go when it is essential. I’m out of town if it’s not work or I’m not entertaining people. I simply enjoy my time with a close circle of friends who protect my flags. I am sure that I will get out of there safely no matter what,” she explained.