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Mercy Aigbe-Gentry 'I can never stop acting Yoruba movies', actress says

In 2015, she won the City People Entertainment Yoruba Movie Personality of the year.

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Mercy Aigbe at the 2016 AMVCA play

Mercy Aigbe at the 2016 AMVCA


Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, in a recent interview with Punch, has disclosed that she does not intend to stay away from acting in Yoruba movies. She stated that her roles in Yoruba movies made her who she is.

The Edo State born actress gave a clear and precise response to a question pertaining to her Yoruba movie career.

Mercy Aigbe play

Mercy Aigbe


She said, "I can never stop acting Yoruba movies because that industry made me who I am today."

"When I began featuring in Yoruba films, I wasn’t speaking the language flawlessly, so I had to learn on the job."

"My industry is very accommodating and that is why I would always be grateful to them for accepting me and giving me a platform to excel."

She mentioned that it was never her plan to be a regular feature in Yoruba movies. Being from Edo State, she had little exposure in Yoruba language.

Aigbe discouraged the wrong perception associated with Yoruba movie actors. She added that it is a poor misconception to consider them as illiterates.

Mercy Aigbe play

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She was quoted from the interview as saying,"I didn’t choose to be in the Yoruba movie sector. I started out in Nollywood and I featured in several soap operas and movies."

"My career took a different direction when a Yoruba film producer cast me in his movie titled Ara."

"The movie became a hit and I soon began getting scripts from other Yoruba filmmakers and I couldn’t turn them down because I had just launched my career."

Mercy Aigbe-Gentry, Lanre Gentry play

Mercy Aigbe-Gentry and hubby, Lanre Gentry


"In no time, I became a household name in the Yoruba film genre."

As a testimony of her excellence, Aigbe, who is a graduate from the prestigious University of Lagos, won an award as the Best Actress in Yoruba at the City People Awards.

She is married to an hotelier named Lanre Gentry, and already has three children. The actress is also an ambassador to a Sickle Cell initiative called Dubai Afrika Sickle Cell Project.

See a video of the actress in an interview with Pulse TV below.

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