Contrary to the story flying around, star actress cum film maker, Mercy Aigbe Gentry has denied being upset for her non-inclusion on the best dressed list of a popular newspaper released a couple of days back. She added that her comment was largely premised on the robust media attention being enjoyed by English movie actors while their counterparts in the Yoruba movie genre are being treated as second class in the industry.
Speaking with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, the pretty role interpreter expressed dissatisfaction about the public reactions on the issue, claiming her statement was grossly misconstrued.
“Why will I be fighting because I was not on the list of the best dressed actresses of any paper or magazine? After all, I don’t dress because I want anybody to rate me. I only try to wear whatever suits me at every occasion. So, the point I was trying to make has nothing to do with best dressed list.
“My observation for quite some time has always been that those of us in the Yoruba movie sector are always being underrated. They have this erroneous impression that we’re not educated, so we should be treated as ‘rass’, local and second class actors. We’re not worthy of being celebrated. So, I am still asking, is it because we’re doing indigenous movies and that’s why we are being denied robust media attention being enjoyed by our counterparts in the English movie sector?
“They rarely address us as Nollywood stars, instead prefer calling us Yoruba movie stars. I think this is the right time for those who came up with the Nollywood identity to come out and tell us if Yoruba actors are not included so that we can also form our own wood. Or those categorizing us are the ones creating an impression that we’re inferior because we’re into Yoruba movies. I think there should be an end to this embarrassment. Imagine publishing a list of the best Nollywood actors and not even one Yoruba actor was there. Or are they saying we’re not worthy of being celebrated?”
Her fans also reacted:
@temidayobadmus expressed his displeasure at the marginalisation of indigenous movie actors.
@titilurlah: @mercyaigbegentry, they are not ready for you.
@bukkiegold: Adora shouldn’t be there. Mercy was definitely the best dressed that night. Haba olojoro, abi you don collect money
@officalshawler: My fav is @mercyaigbegentry @thisdaystyle, you just crashed my respect for you
@ms_jayee: Only @mercyaigbegentry and Rita Dominic wowed me
@fabz_world: Where is @mercyaigbegentry or isn’t she a Nollywood actress anymore? Com’on now, na she suppose dey front
@nkem34: Do they know the definition of best dressed…what is Beverly Naya doing on the cover
@tosfun09: Cool down everyone. Their next cover will be Yorubahood Best Dressed #boycottthisday
@atinuke_ayo: @mercyaigbegentry you’re always going to be No. 1. You are the best, even the blind knows this.
@nijane_flair: I wish you could carry cane to flog them out of the cover, my love for Yoruba movies all the way.
@euniceafrakomaboaten1: Mercy was the most best dressed on that day.