INTRODUCTION Francis Odega is a Nigerian comic actor best known for the Gerrarra Here Mehn!! Shiiii Mehn!! video clip which brought him to limelight. He also starred as John Bosco in the movie House of Gold. In 2015, the comic actor became a brand ambassador to the telecom giant Etisalat
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Nollywood comic actor, Francis Odega, is a native of Aniocha in Delta State. He holds a degree in Economics from Ambrose Ali University.
He revealed in a recent interview that he is a natural actor and has always had passion for acting hence his ability to translate whatever role is assigned to him. He was mentored by Late Sam Loco Efe who is one of the pioneers of comedy in Nollywood. His first television appearance was in 1996 in a movie titled ‘Apama’ and he has since starred in over 300 movies.
CAREER AND LIFE
Seen by many as one of the biggest social media sensations in recent times, 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.
So popular was the short video that it got the attention of American rapper, 50 Cent who found it very funny enough to repost on his instagram page to his millions of fans.
After we digged on Francis Odega we were able to uncover that it was one of his close friend that uploaded a clip of his old movies when he stirred a little humour saying,“Gerrarra Hia Mehn Shiiiiiiiii” but never knew this little joke would take him from where he is to where he wants to be . Frank Odega This little and playful skit got him recognition and he was signed by Nigeria giant Telecommunication network Etisalat Nigerian as a brand ambassador, Francis is now of the most soughted after Nigerian celebrity at the moment.
Just few days after this clip went viral on the net Francis Odega has automatically turned a big celebrity . His clip trended on social media and even got a thumbs up from world famous rap star, 50 Cent who now follows him on Instagram along with another rap legend, Snoop Dogg and Tiny Tempah.
Francis Odega is happily married and blessed with children , in a recent chat his wife revealed that she was the one who approached him and confessed to be a huge fan of his, that was how everything started before they took it to the next level .
Some of his movies include Thick madam, My romeo boy, female hunterObosi Husband, Classic love, House of Gold,Welcome to South, Back from South and Agony of South just to mention a few
“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,” Odega recently told Punch.
“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 Here 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 said in respect to the sudden popularity of the video.”
The three-part movie entitled Welcome to South, Back from South and Agony of South was shot in South Africa and Nigeria and starred Francis Odega alongside Imeh Bishop and Dede One Day.
According to Odega, “It was an indescribable feeling and I also felt honoured when 50 Cent began following me on Instagram. Snoop Dogg also followed suit shortly after. Both artistes are obviously huge fans of mine. Don Jazzy, PSquare, Patoranking, M.I, Sound Sultan and many other Nigerian music stars also follow me on social media.”
“Etisalat recently made me its ambassador because of the attention I have been receiving. I recently had a photoshoot 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.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
Signed a multimillion naira endorsement deal with telecom giant ETISALAT in 2015