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Mercy Aigbe "Are Yoruba movies not part of Nollywood?"

"Is Nollywood not supposed to mean home grown Nigerian movies?" - Mercy Aigbe reacts to omission of her name as one of ThisDay Style's "best dressed" Nollywood actors."

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Mercy Aigbe Gentry's outfit to the AMVCA's


On Sunday, March 20, 2016, Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe Gentry, took to her Instagram page to react to ThisDay Style's cover which featured Nollywood's best dressed, but omitted her name.

While they have been arguments over the list being an Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) edition or just a 'best dressed' list, the cover features Genevieve Nnaji, Richard Mofe Damijo, Osas Ignodaro, OC Ukeje among others.


Reacting to the cover, the actress wrote:

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Mercy Aigbe in new photos


"Hey Fam....so I just came back from church and decided to check IG only for me to see plenty tags on a particular pix posted by @thisdaystyle .....I read pple's comments asking why Mercy isn't on the cover and at first I wanted to waka pass, but on a second thought I decided to talk about it, cos it's been an issue dat has lingered for too long!.......I thought to myself why didn't Mercy make the cover of @thisdaystyle best dressed list?.... Has @thisdaystyle ever featured a yoruba actor on their cover?.........are yoruba movies not part of nollywood? .....is Nollywood not supposed to mean home grown Nigerian movies? .....hmmmmm I am very sure they didn't coz, they won't want to STAIN their cover with a 'RAZZ' 'LOCAL' yoruba actor!....Yes I am razz, Yes I am local and Yes I am a Yoruba actor!.....No I refuse to speak ur almighty English with fake British or American accent!....Because I'll always remain true to myself!...I am ME ....Proud Benin Woman, Proud Ijesha's wife and above all proud Nigerian. ...And just in case e still dey be una like dream 'LOCAL TI TAKE OVER."


The issue of Yoruba movies and actors treated as part of a different industry, is one that has lingered for long.

In a 2014 interview, one time AMVCA nominee, Regina Chukwu, stated that the Yoruba film industry is more accommodating than the English speaking ones.

In an interview with Pulse Nigeria, Dayo Amusa stated that there was no discrimination between the Yoruba movie industry and English speaking movie industry.

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Aigbe won the AMVCA  "Best Indigenous Language Movie/ Series (Yoruba)" for her movie "Komfo".

She is also popular for her other movies like "Victims," "To love a Sister," among others.

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