‘I have committed my marriage To Gods hand” – MERCY AIGBE GENTRY
Beautiful And elegant Yoruba actress Mercy Aigbe Gentry started where so many people thought she would not do well but, she has churned out great productions like “Osas Omoge Benin” and many more. In a chat with Sahara Weekly at her 1, Adeyemo Akapo Street, Omole Estate Phase 1 office, about her business, marriage, scandals and the secret of her ageless beauty. Enjoy it…
How will you describe a good actress?
A good actress is someone who can actually interpret the role she is expected to play to the best of her ability. A good actress should internalize that role and always be convincing. A good actress must always be professional; a good actress won’t be forming a diva and showed up late to sets.
You would have done well in English movies, why do you choose to act Yoruba movies?
It is not like I choose to be more popular in Yoruba movies, because I do English movies as well. Maybe it is fate. I started with English movies before I crossed over to Yoruba movies. After ‘Ara’ I started getting
scripts from other Yoruba film makers. Because I just started, I couldn’t turn down offers. Before I knew it, I became popular in the Yoruba genre of Nigerian movies and I am ok with this. I am a film maker; very
soon I will produce my own English movie.
You do well in movies. When was your turning point in the industry?
My turning point was when I became known in the movie called ‘Ara’, it was produced by Wemimo Olu Paul, a producer based in Ibadan. That was a turning point for me, I got recognized as an actress and people actually
took cognizance of me.
Why do you think some actresses find it difficult to sustain their fame?
I feel some people are not consistent. People tend to forget things easily, if fans don’t see you for a while, they forget you. So I think it is all about consistency.
People believe actresses don’t know how to manage their marriage. How have you been able to manage yours despite stardom?
I have committed my marriage into God’s hands. I believe it is only God that make marriages work. Although the spouses play their part but it takes God to make a marriage work. I am playing my part by being prayerful and being well-behaved. It is not about knowing how to do it right, it is just God.
Do you agree that entertainers live fake lives?
Yes, some of us do because the society expects too much from celebrities. When you see a celeb at the bus stop trying to get a bus, people make fun which may cause the celebrity to rather be seen in a borrowed car. Nobody can force me to live a fake life because it is all about me. I don’t live according to the
dictates of people. I don’t live above my means.
Most celebrities read scandalous stories about themselves and broke down, how do you handle scandals?
I have been lucky when it comes to scandals and at the same time, I try to be very careful because I know I am in the public eye and my actions would be scrutinized. But you can’t totally be free of scandals because I have read untrue stories about me. At times I laugh over them and at times I wonder why people would want to tarnish my image. I believe every cooked up story has a source.
Which was the worst scandal you have ever heard about yourself?
I don’t t think I have had any terrible scandal and I don’t think I will have any, so help me God.
How do you go about your beauty routine?
I try to take care of myself. I exercise when I am free. When I am not busy I do my indoor exercises, take lots of water, eat more of fruits and once in two weeks I take myself to the spa to be pampered. I get a massage, facials and exfoliate my skin.
You are into fashion business with MAG Divas concept. What informed this decision?
It all started from my passion for fashion. I love looking good, I love being trendy, I believe you have to look the part and look the way you want to be addressed. Your outward appearance matters a lot before people
really get to know you. People get a perception of you from seeing your outward appearance.
Where do your order for your goods?
I travel to get my stuffs from Italy, UK, US, Turkey and France.
Who constitutes your target audience?
When I decided go into this business, I had to think of the kind of customers I expect to have. I discovered that Nigerian women are stylish; a lot of them have clothes but don’t know how to put them together. A lot
of them have the money but don’t know where to get good clothes from. A lot of them know where to get good clothes but end up not being able to afford them. My target audience is the average Nigerian woman. MAG Divas is dedicated to dressing every class of Nigerian women irrespective of the class. Here you can get good and quality clothes for as low as N1,000 and at the same time we have clothes for N8,000. So, it depends on what you can afford; but the bottom line is that what you get here is of top quality.
How do you intends to cope with this?
It was challenging, shopping for this kind of materials because, I wanted very good quality clothing; I wanted people to look good without having to break the bank. It wasn’t easy but because I was dedicated I went all out to get good things for my boutique.
How do you intend to juggle your career, marriage and your business?
I just started and I’m sure I will be very good because I have a very supportive husband, he is very understanding and always there for me. I have also put up a very strong team. With my husband and my team, all will go smoothly.
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Deep End Entertainment premieres Block buster “Reflection”
Deep End Entertainment premieres Block buster “Reflection”
On Saturday February 24th, history was made as Deep end entertainment premiered “Reflections” at the Viva Cinemas in Ikeja. The premiere was attended by Legendary superstar actor Paul Obazele along side other Prominent Nollywood actors like Big Tony of the Prodigal brother Fame, the director Mr. Osaretin Festus Isibor, Kelly Ogbeide who played the female lead role in this blockbuster film. Comic act Pikolo, APC ex Officio south west Hon. Bunmi Oriniowo also graced the event.
REFLECTION was first premiered on the 30th of December at Deep End Cinemas in Benin City. “Reflections “ is about a man in his mid fifties faceing his ultimate accountability in his darkest mind. His split personalities would taunt and chastise him for his atrocities in his last hours as he mirrors himself against his alter ego. All his bad deeds would hunt him to self condemnation. It’s a crazy movie, full of suspense and it’s also a thriller.
On the concept of the Movie, the director Mr. Osaretin Festus Isibor said “ I just thought about a crazy idea one cool evening and remembered I
this guy Paul Obazele whom I’ve worked with before and every time he takes Coke, he gets high and he can behave certain ways and I said to myself I’m gonna write a script that will depict this guy’s character. So, I grabbed my iPad immediately. I sat up all night and wrote the script, Reflections and I am glad I did and it turned out to be a really interesting movie”.
The film recently hit the Cinemas as many fans who watched the most thrilling film gave kudos to all the actors and actress that took a role in the film, Particularly the Actors and actress that took a duo role.
One of the eye witness that Graced the Premiere of “Reflection” said a lot of energy and Ability were pushed into making the film a Blockbuster, therefore describing the work as International standard and the one that will stand the test of time.
Osaretin Festus Isibor who is the founder of Deep End Group of Companies has mostly and heavily delved into the Nigerian entertainment and hospitality industries. He is the CEO Deep End Farms, Deep End Studios, Deep End Records, Deep End Cinemas, Deep End Hotels, Deep End Fun House, Deep End Hunted House, Deep End Villa Obagie.
Osaretin Festus Isibor is a devoted businessman who is so much passionate about people’s happiness and that is why he invested majorly in the fun value chain. He is a film producer, a music expert and an overall entertainment guru.
Reflections will be premiered on Saturday March 16 at Silverbird Cinema, Central Area Abuja by 4pm.
Bobby Rossie : The Rising Star From Imo State, Nigeria – Arems
Bobby Rossie : The Rising Star From Imo State, Nigeria – Arems
Bobby Rossie whose real name is Chigozie Orji, is an exciting Nigerian Afro-Pop recording artist hailing from Imo State. With his unique blend of infectious melodies, captivating lyrics, and vibrant energy, Bobby Rossie is poised to make a significant impact on the music scene. As he prepares to release his debut single, “Tiri Ego,” in March 2024, fans and music enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating what this rising star has in store.
Early Life and Musical Journey :
Born and raised in Imo State, Bobby Rossie discovered his passion for music at an early age. His love for Afro-Pop, combined with his innate talent, led him to pursue a career in the industry. Drawing inspiration from both local and international artists, Bobby Rossie honed his craft, developing a distinctive sound that reflects his Nigerian roots and global influences.
Debut Single : “Tiri Ego”
Bobby Rossie’s debut single, “Tiri Ego” promises to be a game-changer. The title translates to “Count Money” in Igbo, a nod to his heritage. The track is a vibrant celebration of success, ambition, and the pursuit of dreams. With infectious beats, catchy hooks, and relatable lyrics, “Tiri Ego” is set to resonate with listeners across different demographics.
Musical Style and Influences :
Bobby Rossie’s music seamlessly blends Afro-Pop, contemporary rhythms, and heartfelt storytelling. His smooth vocals and dynamic delivery create an immersive experience for fans. Drawing inspiration from artists like Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Davido, Bobby Rossie infuses his music with authenticity and relatability.
Beyond Music: Bobby Rossie’s Impact :
Beyond his musical endeavors, Bobby Rossie is committed to making a positive impact. He believes in using his platform to inspire others, especially young people. Whether through motivational talks, community initiatives, or philanthropic efforts, Bobby Rossie aims to uplift and empower those around him.
As the countdown to the release of “Tiri Ego” continues, Bobby Rossie’s star is on the rise. With his talent, charisma, and dedication, he is poised to become a household name in Nigerian and global music circles. Keep an eye out for this rising sensation as he takes the Afro-Pop scene by storm!
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