In this era of social media influencers, Nigeria has a few famous personalities that could truly be said to fit into that group. One of them is Mercy Aigbe, one of the most popular Nigerian actresses with growing followership on and off line. This elegant media personality is also a director and businesswoman. You may be seeing her on social media or even be one of her numerous fans without knowing much about her. Here are some facts about her personal life.
Who is Mercy Aigbe?
Born on January 1, 1978 in Benin City, Edo State, Mercy Aigbe is a high-profile Nollywood actress, producer, director, model, filmmaker, businesswoman, entrepreneur and a philanthropist. She is best known for acting in Yoruba movies. She is the second child in a family of five children. She grew up in Lagos
Mercy Aigbe completed her primary school education in Lagos, Nigeria and obtained her First School Leaving Certificate. She had her secondary education at Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria where she obtained her West African Senior School Certificate. She then proceeded to Ibadan Polytechnic in Oyo State, Nigeria and obtained her National Diploma (OND) in Financial Studies. After that, she went to University of Lagos in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts.
Mercy Aigbe has so far had a successful career in the Nollywood industry, best known for her roles in Yoruba movies. Her acting career began in 2001 when she joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) and started attending movie auditions, playing minor roles in movies. After her graduation from the university, Mercy Aigbe joined the industry full time and became a professional actress. She has acted in more than 100 Nollywood movies which include Satanic, Afefe ife, Okanjua, Atunida leyi, Igberaga, Ihamo, Ìpèsè, Iró funfun, Mafisere, Oju ife, Ile Oko mii, etc. She acts mostly in Yoruba movies.
Personal Clothing Line
Mercy Aigbe has always had an innate passion for exquisite fashion. Her dress to the 2016 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards earned her great applause as she continued to trend on Twitter and Instagram days after the award ceremony. Many commended her uniquely designed dress created by Nigerian designer, Ceoluminee. Mercy Aigbe also stated that the dress earned her many more followers on social media.
In November 2014, she launched her clothing store “Mag Divas Boutique”. Her success and contribution in the fashion industry earned her an award for Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year at the Links and Glitz World Awards.
Mercy Aigbe’s successful acting career has brought her recognition in form of awards. She has a number of them. They include Best Actress in Yoruba at the City People Entertainment Awards, Best Actress in Indigenous Language (Yoruba) at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Best Actress in a supporting Role (Yoruba) at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best Actress in an Indigenous Movie (non-English speaking language) at the Best of Nollywood Awards, Yoruba Movie Personality of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards and Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year at the Links and Glitz World Awards.
No one has an accurate fact about how net worth of entertainers in Nigeria is determined nut a lot of media reports have estimated Mercy Aigbe to have a net worth of about $600,000. Her earnings do not come from only acting but also her activities as an entrepreneur. She owns of Mag Divas Boutique with outlets in Lagos and Ibadan, both of which contribute to her income level.
About Ex-Husband and Marriage
Olanrewaju Gentry is the CEO of La Veronique Hotel, which is located in Oregun, Lagos. He is also a car retailer. He was born on October 7, 1965. Lanre is the ex-husband of popular Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe. The pair had officially got married in 2013 though they’ve been in relationship a few years before then. Lanre had a wife before Mercy but his first marriage had crashed before he married the Nollywood actress. Gentry said in an interview that his first marriage was a bad one but that it was a good experience for him as a young guy. He met Mercy shortly after his first marriage while she was still working in a bank and not considering becoming an actress. Their relationship grew into a marriage that eventually went South. It was reported that when he started to court Mercy, she was already engaged but he discovered that Mercy Mercy’s fiancé was already married to another woman. That broke Mercy’s heart and when she needed company and a shoulder to cry, Gentry was there available. That was how their relationship eventually blossomed into marriage. The marriage was said to have crashed in 2017 due to allegations of domestic violence against Lanre by Mercy, which he denied. The social and mainstream media feasted on this scandal as Mercy took to a number of these platforms to tell her story, making the affair one of the most celebrated high-profile break-ups in Nigeria, especially including the fact that Mercy was a very popular Nollywood actress.
Despite their messy separation which made the headlines in 2017, it appears the actress and her ex-husband have maintained a civil relationship, so much that he even celebrated her on her birthday. He took to his Instagram page to celebrate the actress with whom he has a son. Sharing her photo, he simply wrote:”Happy birthday mummy Juwon. Enjoy your day iya Juwon”
In spite of the rumours and allegations of domestic violence and infidelity, the reason Lanre and Mercy split up are still not very clear as there is not much information from his side of the story. However, the two seemed to have moved on especially after Lanre expressed monumental maturity by celebrated Mercy on her birthday.
Mercy Aigbe remains one of the most popular social media influencers in Nigeria. Despite her struggles in life and challenges in her failed marriage she was able to pick up bits and pieces of her image and determination to work hard towards achieving personal goals. She is a model a number of young girls in Nigeria look up to.