Nigerian actress and filmmaker Mercy Aigbe has in a new interview shared the tough challenge she went through in the Nigerian film industry over lewd behavior, which nearly pushed her to stop her fantasies about becoming an actress.
Speaking in the interview on a television show on TVC in Nigeria, Aigbe described how a producer made passes at her after a film audition regardless of procuring the job for an impending film.
As per the fashionista, it was a down moment for her and couldn’t fathom it.
“I met a producer in Surulere, and I expressed to him how much I would love to act. He told me he had an upcoming film and invited me to his office for an audition in his office.
“After I had passed three stages of the audition, I was given a minor role, which I told him that was not the character I was auditioning for, and he replied that the director said he did not know me, and that was why he wanted me to be close to him,” she said.
“He then stood up to touch me. I was very upset and I thought if that was what it took to be an actress, I don’t want to be an actress anymore. I tore the script and left. I cried on my way going home because I left a well paying job to join Nollywood, and I was already a single mother at the time.”
The 45-year old is currently an actress, director, fashionista and businesswoman known for her Yoruba indigenous movies.
Mercy Aigbe is well-known for her distinctive fashion choices. In November 2014, Aigbe launched her apparel store, Mag Divas Shop in Lagos, then opened one more outlet in Ibadan. At the Links and Glitz World Awards, she was named Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year.