The word ‘Gerara hia meehn’ has practically become one the biggest social media sensations in recent times and the inventor, Nollywood comic actor, Francis Odega has been counting the gains of the video clip that turned him into an online hit.
Ironically, none of the past movies in Odega’s movie career since 1996 has brought him as more popularity as the video, which does not last more than five minutes.
Luckily for him, the short video also got to the attention of American rapper, 50 Cent who found it very funny enough to repost on his instagram page to his millions fans.
“I am pleasantly surprised that just one scene from a movie, which I starred in three years ago, has suddenly brought me so much attention and fame. I don’t really know why it has taken the movie three years to garner this sort of recognition.
“I joined Instagram two months ago, after some social media-savvy friends of mine played the Gerara Hia video, which was posted on Instagram for me. The number of comments that trailed the post blew me away and I decided to join the platform almost immediately. “Within a month, I had 3000 followers and currently have 18,600 fans,” the actor told Punch.
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Continuing his grass to grace story, Odega said he was further surprised when 50 Cent followed him on Instagram, then Snoop Dogg and other top Nigerian stars like, Don Jazzy, P-Square, Patoranking, M.I, Sound Sultan and many others.
Toping it all, Etisalat recently made Odega its brand ambassador following the spotlight on him now.
“I recently had a photo shoot for the billboards and will shoot the television commercial for the brand very soon. The concept of the billboard adverts revolves around the ‘Gerara Here’ concept,” he said.
‘Gerara hia’ video clip was extracted from a three-part movie entitled Welcome to South, Back from South and Agony of South. It was shot in South Africa and Nigeria, starring Francis Odega alongside Imeh Bishop and Dede One Day.