Mr. Ogedengbe claims he has achieved much as a security guard in the United States than as an actor in Nigeria.
The one-time Nollywood star is currently a certified security guard, working at Keysight Technology, located at Bay area in California.
“How I wish they could pack 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 the fraudulent people,” the actor said in a video that has gone viral.
“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.”
Reacting to the criticism that has trailed his new career, Ogedengbe said: “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.
“I relocated because I just couldn’t cope with the way my life was going for me in terms of poverty. I saw myself as one of the very great actors in Nollywood. In 2005, I discovered that the Nollywood industry, where I belong, was becoming more and more a tribalistic industry because a few financiers who were throwing in money for productions dictated who appear in the movies.
“So, more and more, we discovered that those of us, talking about Emeka and others, were not getting the jobs we should get based on merit, I had to move over to the Yoruba genre and even at that, I discovered that the Yoruba genre was more like a help- me-I-help you outfit that couldn’t pay my bills, I just couldn’t cope. I bless God for a good wife, everything got messed up, I was practically begging to feed. I looked into it, I have been travelling out of the country since 2007, I told my wife that we have to make a sacrifice.
“I need to move out the country and seek a greener pasture and as God would have it, the plans worked out.”