‘My mom and dad died without reaching 60, I’m the first to do so in my family’ – RMD tears up on his 60th birthday (Watch)

Veteran Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, says he has broken the yoke of death in his family as none of his parents ever clocked 60years before they passed on.

The actor who has been in the industry for almost four decades, shed tears as he speaks to Nigerian journalist, Chide Jideonwu ahead of his own birthday which falls today, July 7.

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In his words; “None of my parents lived to be 60, so life for me is just about to get started.”

“There’s been a specter 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.”

“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.”

“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 become a new man because that is when I’ll make a bucket list. 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.” This was such a heartfelt moment. Eish. It’s such an honor to do this show”.

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