Francis Odega AKA Mr. Gerara Hia, Tells His Grass To Grace Story

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 of 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 in a
recent interview in respect to the sudden popularity of the video.
Continuing his grass to grace story, Mr. Odega said his
feelings are so indescribable when 50 Cent began following him on Instagram,
then Snoop Dogg also followed suit shortly after. Other top Nigerian stars
like, Don Jazzy, PSquare, Patoranking, M.I, Sound Sultan and many other others
followed him too.
Toping it all, Etisalat recently made Odega its ambassador
because of the attention he has 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.
‘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.