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Actor Richard Mofe Damijo Shuns Plastic Surgery

Pearl Emmanuel

We've gradually evolved into a society where people are more open to body enhancements and beauty surgical procedures. Nigerian celebrities have made it the norm to constantly enhance or fix any part of their bodies they feel uncomfortable with and the common woman is left thinking it is okay to do surgery.

Veteran actor, Richard Mofe Damijo, one of the pioneers of Nollywood has taken this as his cue to address the situation. According to the one-time politician, these surgeries are for those with self-esteem issues who have not fully discovered or loved themselves.

This means celebrities like Toke Makinwa, Tonto Dikeh who were open about their body struggles and others like Annie Idibia, Nancy Isime who weren’t so open about theirs are constantly battling with self-love and are therefore unhappy.

Read what the actor wrote below:

Having been there and done that, I can tell you for free that weight loss, weight gain, butt enlargement, boob lift, marriage, buying/building your own house, having kids, wearing expensive clothes and shoes CANNOT make you truly happy. Mostly, the things we do to show others we are beautiful, made, tough and/or connected are things that magnify our insecurities. A man who is secure in himself has no urge to flaunt wealth, I’m yet to see Alh. Dangote post a picture of his “machines” or of him “chilling in his private jet”. A woman who is secure in her looks has no urge to go under the knife for enhancement, think Michelle Obama. True happiness comes from knowing who you are (self-discovery) and loving yourself, “even though...” Anyone who can live without caring about the validation of others is the one who has found true happiness.

Many have applauded the veteran for his advice, especially to women who feel pressured to look a certain way for societal validation.