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They have not given birth to the man that will make me feel inferior in this world – Richard Mofe-Damijo

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This week’s episode of #WithChude was all about acting mogul and Nollywood legend Richard Mofe-Damijo, popularly known as RMD. The legendary actor, writer, producer and lawyer discussed different aspects of his journey to fame, including; how he has dealt with slanderous remarks, turning 60 and transitions between journalism, politics, Law and Nollywood. 

  

Starting out as a simple Warri boy who came to Lagos to hustle, Richard Mofe-Damijo wasn’t one to give up on his dreams. The talented actor revealed that despite being a big dreamer, he never anticipated all he has achieved in the past few decades.  

  

“I didn’t see all of it. All I said to my mom, standing before her as she was crying was, ‘Mama, don’t worry. You go see me for television.’ I knew I wanted to be in that box. That’s all I wanted”, he said.  

  

Richard Mofe-Damijo got more than what he wanted as he has somehow been in the headlines since 1989 when people peddled tales about him being a gold digger. The accusations began when he began dating the late Mrs. May Ellen Ezekiel Mofe-Damijo, who was older than him and at the peak of her career as a journalist at the time.  

  

RMD did not allow these challenges to get to him. In his words, “they have not given birth to the man that will make me feel inferior in this world.” Though it was not a walk in the park, as the remarks intensified before their wedding, he, however, disclosed that he was held up by the words of a prominent businessman, late M.K.O. Abiola, who stood as a support system for him through these times.  

  

“He said to me, ‘it is better that they wake in the morning, they are searching the papers to see what else you have done. Don’t be one of those who would go and search the paper to see what others are doing. So, make sure you give them stuff to think about every day,” he disclosed.  

  

The veteran further unveiled the different parts of his career journey, discussing his journies into journalism, film, Law and politics, with each stint being marked by such excellence and eminence that have left many envious.  

  

Despite serving in these enormous capacities, RMD seamlessly transitioned to Nollywood and continued dominating the screens like he had never left. Speaking on this transition, he said, “It was an attitudinal thing. I didn’t leave Delta State to come back with a chip on my shoulder. It was like it was done, dusted and that was it. And I transitioned into what I love to do without asking for handouts, without asking for any special treatment or anything.”  

  

Despite his impressive 37-year career across multiple industries, RMD continues to remain humble. According to him, “I am just a simple warri boy that came to Lagos and found some fame and I am grateful for it.” 

  

As he celebrates his 60th birthday, Richard Mofe-Damijo keeps fascinating many as he effortlessly maintains relevance in the box he always dreamed of.  

  

#WithChude is a special series of targeted multimedia conversations and investigations focused on narratives that enable and strengthen the mind, heart, and spirit. 

New episodes of #WithChude show every Saturday at 9 pm on TVC Entertainment and on Vimeo by subscribing towatch.withchude.com, with reruns every Sunday on Wazobia TV Channel 98 at 5 pm, every Wednesday on Pop Central Station on DSTV Channel 189 at 8.00 pm, and every Thursday on EbonyLife TV at 7:30 pm. 

An extended play podcast is up on Spotify, iTunes, among other podcast platforms, every Wednesday at 10:00 am. Everyone can join the conversation 

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Shatta Wale arrested over fake shooting

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Shatta Wale arrested over fake shooting

Police Have Arrested Charles Nii Armah Mensah Populary Known as Shatta Wale.

A statement published by the Ghana Police Service reads:

After we publicly declared him and one other person wanted, the suspect, Shatta Wale, turned himself in today Tuesday 19th October, 2021, at 8.59pm.

He has been arrested to assist the Police in investigations for his alleged involvement in the creation and circulation of information intended to cause fear and panic.

As stated in previous statements, the public is advised to desist from publishing false information, capable of disturbing the peace of the country or risk being arrested and prosecuted.

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Police arrests Nana Dope and one other over spreading fake news about Shatta Wale shooting

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Two in Police Custody for Spreading False Information in Connection with Alleged Gunshot Attack on Shatta Wale. A statement released by the Ghana Police Service read:

The Police have today, 19th October, 2021, arrested Kojo Owusu Koranteng, also known as Nana Dope and Eric Venator, alias Gangee, for allegedly spreading false information with the intention to cause fear and panic.
The arrest of the suspects is in response to the alleged circulation of false claims on the alleged gunshot attack on Shatta Wale.
Preliminary investigations by the Police reveal the widely reported gunshot attack on Shatta Wale yesterday Monday, 18th October, 2021 was a hoax.
Shatta Wale and one other person popularly referred to as ‘Deportee’ are currently being pursued for their possible involvement and knowledge of the circulation of false information with the intention to cause fear and panic.
No one will be spared if Police investigations point to their possible criminal culpability in this matter.
We want to caution any individual or group to desist from making false claims and engaging in acts, capable of disturbing the peace of the country because the law will come after you.

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Funny Face in Police Custody for Allegedly Threatening Some Individuals

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Funny Face in Police Custody for Allegedly Threatening Some Individuals

The Ghana Police service has announced that comedian Funny Face is in their custody for allegedly threatening some individuals.

The service made this announcement via their social media outlets saying:

“Funny Face in Police Custody for Allegedly Threatening Some Individuals. The Police have today, Monday, 18th October, 2021, at 10:14 pm arrested Benson Nana Yaw Oduro Boateng, popularly known as Funny Face for allegedly threatening certain individuals via some Social Media platforms. Due to the history of the suspect, the police shall submit Benson Nana Yaw Oduro Boateng to the court for an order for psychiatric examination, to determine the next line of investigative action.”

 

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Nigerian rapper A-Q bags two nominations at the AFRIMAs

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Multi-award winning rapper Gilbert Bani known as A-Q in the music circles, has scooped up two nominations at the 2021 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMAs). A-Q has been honored with nominations for Best African Rapper/Lyricist as well as Best Artist Duo or Group in African Hip Hop with Chike.

Celebrating musical excellence and creativity across the continent, the All African Music Awards will once again exhibit the multi-faceted and rich cultural diversity of African music.

“Thank you to everyone that has voted and will vote, Let us bring this home,” expresses A-Q.

Stream/Download GOLDEN here:  https://africori.to/golden

A-Q’s latest offering Golden was released in May 2021 this to a critical claim and followed in the step of his 2020 album God’s Engineering.

With his highly impeccable penmanship and hunger to continually push the envelope a lot can be expected from A-Q going forward. With another project earmarked to drop in the last quarter of the year.

To vote for A-Q visit http://afrima.org . Voting ends November 20th 

Connect with A-Q:

Facebook:  A-Q Nigeria’s most creative rapper (https://www.facebook.com/ThisisAQ/)

Twitter: @thisisAQ

Instagram: @thisisaq

YouTube: https://youtu.be/EOqvtqkO9Hc

Album: https://africori.to/golden

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Mona4Real wins ‘Uncovered Artist’ of the Year, her first award for music

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Mona Montrage aka Hajia4Real/ Mona4Real has received her first music award at the just ended Ghana Music Awards UK. She won the nod for Uncovered Artist of The Year.

Even though she came to the music scene not long ago, Hajia4Real has proven she is in to stay. She has so far released 4 songs and it has more than 100k views on YouTube and all music platforms.

Performing at the Ghana Music UK awards were acts like Medikal, Irene Logan, Jackie, Kofi Jamar, Hajia4Real and many more.

Hajia4Real surprised the audience with her  stage performance. For someone who is still young in the music industry, she really did well to win hearts.

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When someone dies, you now hear the wicked, hypocrite DJs playing his songs — Roo Dube vex over Nana Ampadu’s death

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Reggae artiste, Roo Dube has lambasted Ghanaian DJ’s with the accusation that they only wait for Ghanaian musicians to die before they celebrate them.

According to him, the passing of the legendary highlife musician Nana Kwame Ampadu saw almost all DJs who did not play his songs when he was alive now abusively play his songs on radio stations.

“When the artiste dies, switch to all radio stations in Ghana. You will hear of the music of the deceased.

“You mark this, if the confirmation comes that Nana Ampadu is dead, all radio stations will play his songs tomorrow. If Ghana was to be another country, the music of Nana Ampadu should be able to feed his son and grandchildren for all their lives. But it is not the case in Ghana,” Roo Dube lamented in an interview with Modernghana Entertainment.

The Reggae artist insists that radio stations and DJs in Ghana are so wicked and should even be partially blamed for the death of some of the old musicians.

“These stations don’t care about us the musicians. Ghanaian DJ’s are very wicked. If they continuously played the music of old musicians, it could even encourage people to go and donate to our musicians who may be in need of money or support one way or the other,” he stated.

Expecting radio stations in the country to play songs of Nana Ampadu on Wednesday in his memory, Roo Dube says if he was a family member of the deceased, he would have sued the radio stations playing his songs.

He stressed that it’s about time Ghanaian stations and DJs followed in the steps of Nigeria by prioritizing local music over foreign music.

He said rarely will one hear of Ghanaian music on radio stations when he or she travels to Nigeria or any other part of the world, but it is not the same in Ghana.

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