Femi Brainard.

Nollywood Actor Femi Brainard shared his insights on the realities of living abroad as a Nigerian celebrity.

He narrated his experience during an interview with Teju Oyelakin, also known as Teju Babyface, on his podcast

Brainard explained the advantages and disadvantages of relocating, emphasising that it’s preferable to be esteemed and respected in Nigeria rather than becoming anonymous abroad.

He also said that his wife did not like the idea of living abroad.

While speaking with the comedian, Brainard noted that anytime he is driving, his Nigerian passengers in particular can’t help but stare at him in disbelief and wonder if he is the star they know. 

The actor added that the curious ones would approach him to be sure he was the famous actor they knew in Nigeria.

Brainard said the bills are a lot and he has things like rent to think about while explaining that he was so broke to an extent that he went to the parking lot and burst into tears.

He said: “At times it would be so hard, I no go get Money for hand. That day I went to the parking lot of our apartment, I cried, na me bring this woman here. Yankee no know star o… I had to feed my family. I know these couple from the airport, the husband was like, ‘ask him if he is Femi Brainard and I said yes. The husband didn’t know when he reached at me and asked ‘bros what are you doing here”.

“As difficult as Nigeria seems to be, I would rather be a prince and a celebrity in a system that is not working than come to this place and be a nobody. I am still bothered about rent.”