Sylvester Madu has addressed the surprise expressed by movie enthusiasts upon discovering that he sells second-hand goods, commonly known as ‘Okrika’.
A video emerged on social media on Friday, capturing the popular actor selling these used items in a market in Enugu.
In the now-viral footage, Madu, dressed in a brown jacket, can be seen holding a sack of clothes while engaging in discussions with some customers.
Nollywood Actor Sylvester Madu popularly known as Shina Rambo has been spotted at a market in Enugu selling Okirika clothes.
Could it be that he has gone broke or acting doesn’t pay anymore?
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The video came as a shock to Nigerians, with some expressing concerns about the actor’s choice of business.
In response to the viral clip, Madu expressed pride in his “business empire,” which includes various individuals involved in selling different types of fairly used items.
“Do your business legit, no send anybody. Someone saying that this is really encouraging. If someone like me can run my business then why would he be sitting at home and doing nothing? Because there are a lot of Nigerian youths at home doing nothing,” he said in pidgin English.
“Some of them will just come on social media and boys I need urgent 2k. Go outside and work. If you no get work I will employ you. I have boys selling for me at different spots.
“People dey just dey say legit business like something to be ashamed of. What’s the difference between me and the person selling in the market? Because I’m popular? Because I’m an actor or celebrity? So? Make I no run business. Do you know how much people have sent to me and more are still coming? Saying ‘support your business’. No be sey I dey hungry.”
Reflecting on humans’ obsession with material things in 2021, Madu said he once borrowed money to acquire a Blackberry phone just to impress people.