BY EMMA UGOLEE
‘When would I be a millionaire from this entertainment industry? 18 years and I never buy Bentley,‘ said my very low-spirited pal to me.
Just as I was thinking about how to best help him see the wisdom of waiting for his time, I remembered a name from nowhere. The name: Francis Odega
That name belongs to a comedian who started his entertainment sojourn before the birth of Nollywood. In the late 80’s Francis was in a comedy drama series called ‘At your service’ as directed by a Bodilon Bodio for the NTA.
Later he tried to eat from a radio comedy show with Okey Bakassi.
Then he was a pioneer stand up comic for Night of a Thousand Laughs. The night yet by this time, had refused to give way to day break for his commercial success.
Then he joined Nollywood as the side-kick clown for years. Within this period, the industry that never put him on the A list took such a nosedive that Mr Odega had to open a video rental shop at Mafoluku where he attended to customers himself on many occasions.
All this while, he didn’t give up on his craft accompanied with HARDWORK, PATIENCE, CONSISTENCY and HUMILITY. He kept going and hoping that it would pay someday.
Then with one small scene in a super low budget movie in 2015 uploaded on YouTube by a total stranger, God said it was time to pay him.
Pay day today is that Francis became the most spoken about Nollywood actor in world at the moment. Doubt me, then show me who else has50cents and Tiny Tempah reposting his video’s and following him on Instagram. Pay day is fully booked shows in the UK and US. Pay day is major brand endorsements. Pay day came and is still with him.
The rule hasn’t changed with God. Work hard and wait. Don’t soil your hands out of impatience. A beautiful end awaits your story. So beautiful it would sound like you made it up whenever you tell it.
So when the temptation comes calling to jump the gun with making money, please say to it the famous words of Francis Odega – GERARAHERE!!!
This post first appeared on NET.