Richard Mofe Damijo, a well-known and respected actor in Nigeria’s entertainment industry, has revealed why he chose to pursue a career in acting instead of practising law despite being a qualified lawyer. The Nigerian judiciary system has not enjoyed a good standing in the public in recent years following judgements and incidences that many citizens feel were not correctly handled or biased. In a recent interview with Cable Lifestyle, RMD shared his journey and the factors that led him to make the decision to pivot from the legal profession to acting.
While making his point, RMD highlights that the law profession is not limited to courtroom appearances and that lawyers can contribute to society in various ways. He firmly believes that whatever work one does should be done to serve a greater purpose and honour one’s values.
“I am a man of faith, and each one of us does not have to be on a pulpit on a weekly basis to serve God. I serve God wholeheartedly in my own way, believing that pursuing excellence in every field of endeavour is how mankind honours God. When I perform my work at its highest level, I am honouring God and fulfilling the purpose for which I am here. I touch and impact lives through the area for which humanity knows me, trusting my sense of judgment. For me, this is my way of honouring God.
“It also brings to mind the fact that when people hear that I am a lawyer, they often ask if I go to court. I educate them, explaining that not every lawyer needs to go to court. So, it is not a funny question for me; it aligns with what I represent.”
— CableLifestyle (@CableLifestyle) October 22, 2023