Before the popular phrases ‘gerarahere’ and ‘wollup Nigga’, lines from the movie “Welcome To South’, began trending, Nollywood actor and comedian Francis Odega was just an average Joe in the industry, but a flash of creativity in a movie changed his life.
Today he has become a household name and even bagged an Etisalat endorsement.
In a chat with ENCOMIUM Weekly, the actor, revealed that the lines ‘gerrarahere’ and ‘wollup nigga’ were not even in the script and that it was something else entirely.
That movie was actually done three years ago. Starring me, Imeh Bishop, Dede Oneday. The story is about three friends going outside the country with the help of a common friend. When they came back, they began to speak with an accent to oppress the others.
The line, Gerarahere was not in the script. The script is a guide. The script writer does not know your limitations and a good actor should be able to spice a script up as long as he doesn’t deviate from the storyline.
It was South Africa we went to, and we got back speaking Americana English. What the script says is, ‘Hold on my brother, just hold on,’ but I changed it to ‘Wollup nigga wollup.’
I looked at the script and decided to give it my best. I didn’t know it was going to go viral this way. I didn’t post on Instagram and I don’t know who did. I hadn’t even joined Instagram till people started calling that I was trending on Instagram. 50 Cent even posted a video of me.
I had to download and join Instagram. I thank God for His mercies. I still believe God’s Hand was involved. When God remembers one, he does wonders and God blesses who He chooses to bless. Nobody forces God to bless him or her.”