Veteran Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, popularly known as RMD, has revealed that he has been abused oftentimes, by those who had easy access to him.
Sharing his experience in an interview with Sunday Sun, RMD, recounted how he often got requests from people who wanted to have close relationships with him and in the end, they abuse the privileges of the relationship. According to him, the people were from different walks of life not just in the entertainment field.
“I never take it lightly, which is why I’m usually not quick to jump into mentoring or playing a father or brother figure in any one’s life. Because, I have been a victim of relationship abuse, where people take their unlimited access to me for granted: Forgetting that relationship is a currency.
“Relationships, irrespective of what type, have the power to serve as a capital. There are relationships that give you leverage. Some people have gotten ahead in life because of who they married, who they worked with or who they currently work for. An endorsement from a highly respected individual, can do more than financial capital. so, it is important not to enter into relationship with the intent of giving nothing in return, there’s no way that relationship would work. You must be willing to service whatever relationship you have,” he said.
“Be skillful in relationship building by being selfless, unassuming and not feeling self-entitled. Respect boundaries, don’t be a user, be humble, accountable and have integrity. Have respect, more for yourself than the one you latch on to, because it is self-respect that restrains you from behaving in ways that put you in bad lights”. He emphasized.