Veteran Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo, aka RMD, has revealed getting to 60 years is a big deal for him as his both parents died before that age.While speaking with Chude Jideonwo on #WithChude, RMD reflected on his parents’ inability to reach the age before they died and his expectations ahead of the occasion.
The movie star revealed that his parents passed on before 60 because they were hypertensive and diabetic at the same time.
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He also recalled being so apprehensive when he clocked 59 that he asked himself if he would be able to break the cycle.
“None of my parents lived to be 60, so life for me is just about to get started. There’s been a spectre of death around my life, that’s what I’ve been dealing with last year till this year. When I turned 59, it was a big deal for me, a big deal for me! My mom died at 59, my father died at 57/58,” he said.
So, it was like, can I break it? When people see me and I go on a weight loss, people think that you know, it’s health. Both my parents were diabetic and hypertensive, I don’t want to be that.
I don’t want to be diabetic and hypertensive, I want to be healthier. At least, give myself a fighting chance to change that whole cycle. Yes, I’m a Christian now, so I’ve broken that yoke but I have to also help myself.”
The movie star also spoke about his quest to take his career to another level by taking on new challenges as he clocks 60.
“Becoming 60 for me is even a bigger deal, so when July comes and I become 60. You know how the Bible says old things have passed away, I will truly truly become a new man because that is when I’ll make a bucket list,” he added.
So, all these things that you think I’ve achieved or done, for me it’s nothing, like zero. So I’m going to now sit down when I’m 60 and do a bucket list and then we’ll start.” He added.
Richard Mofe-Damijo will clock 60 on Tuesday 6th July 2021. Watch his interview with #Withchude below.
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