Former Nollywood actor and filmmaker, Femi Ogedengbe, has finally broken his silence after it was revealed he was working as a security guard in the United States.
Spitting fire in an Instagram video, the actor who is best known for his roles in Onilara and She is my Sister, lambasted past and present Nigerian leaders and the citizens while threatening to deal with them on sight should he spot them in the North American country.
Ogedengbe, who was visibly annoyed by comments from Nigerians in social media over news blogs which seemed to belittle his current occupation in the USA, said that Nigerian youth had gotten it wrong and he had not in fact fallen from grace. He said the security guard job came loaded with benefits that the average Nigerian youth may never experience in Nigeria.
Read transcripts of his video and from a recent interview with him below:
Oh yes! I am now a security guard in the USA, and so what? Well, I have only been doing this for a little more than one year now and I can boldly say without any shame that what I have achieved in my father’s land being an actor/director/producer for over (20+) twenty-something years.
In fact, the stories about most pan-Africa Leaders like Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Robert Mugabe and a host of the generation after them were all involved in one menial job or the other across western countries to support their education. But today, we can only remember them for being great African leaders and not for the dirty jobs they had to do on their road to greatness. Indeed the end justifies the means.
A truly hungry man is not in the position to score the quality or sweetness of a meal since near every meal will be delicious in his mouth, so also I may not be in the best position to tell the world the perfect meaning of success.
So kindly indulge me when I make a declaration that, I have been blessed by God and have been extremely successful in my own definition of that word, if only you all can see things from my point.
Yes! If only you know where I am coming from then you will agree that I have truly been blessed, if only you know the odds against me growing up then you will appreciate where I am today, if only you know what I have had to pull through, you will bless God on my behalf, if only you know half of my story you will celebrate me even as a gardener today.
How I wish they could park planes in Ojuelegba, or Holy Ghost in Enugu. Let them tell them that ticket is free to America. You will see how many people will leave that shithole. Nigeria is a country I am sorry to say is a shithole. If it is not a shithole why is everybody running away from that place. The only people making money, thriving in Nigeria are politicians, ritualists and fraudsters.
I left Nigeria at 46 and look at me now, my wife and children are better for it. Now we are beginning to live like human beings, back in Nigeria we lived like animals. It is a shithole country.
Do you know how many Nigerians are working as security guards in USA, We were 63 people. Graduates, great celebrities, musicians, people with 2, 3 masters degree? I thank God we are working in America as security, it is better for our relatives back home.
Even gardening job here in America, I will do it as long as it puts food on my table and ensures a brighter future for my family. Unlike in Nigeria where you are doomed.
All these evil leaders from Atiku to Buhari to Obasanjo. All of you, you are evil, step aside. Let people like Donald Duke, Pat Utomi, Fela Durotoye take control of the affairs of Nigeria.
Why do you think people are trekking to Libya to go and perish in the Mediterranean sea? Because there is no hope in that country. You people are a shame. All the leaders. God punish you. How I wish I will see somebody who is a leader and you come to America, you say you want to speak to the Nigerian community. May God not let me come near any of you in this country because if I come close to you, one slap will make sure you know how angry Nigerians are. I am not afraid of any repercussions.
Do you think the ex-actor was right in his criticism of the country, her leaders and citizens?
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