Mercy Aigbe is no doubt one of Nigeria’s most beautiful and fashionable actresses. Her acting skills, over time, has been top-notch and remains one of the most sought after actresses in the Nigerian movie industry.
The beautiful actress held the Yoruba Nollywood captive for years, winning multiple awards and earning several nominations in several movie categories. Her unique dress sense is quite known among her contemporaries and seen by her fans as a huge fashionista whose influence transcends beyond movies but also to fashion.
Mercy Aigbe Biography
Mercy Aigbe (born January 1st, 1978) is an award-winning Nigerian actress, filmmaker, brand influencer, movie director and businesswoman from Edo State, born into a family of five. She was born to Pa Aigbe and Mrs. Abisola Grace Owodunni. She hails from Benin City, the capital of Edo State. She is the second child in a family of five. She attended Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School Ikeja, Lagos. She is an alumnus of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, where she received her OND in Financial Studies and then proceeded to the University of Lagos where she bagged a degree in Theatre Arts.
Growing up, Mercy’s father was very strict which posed a big problem for young Mercy whose dream was to become an actress. It, however, did not stop her from deviating from her dreams.
Although Mercy always had a passion for acting, her father had wanted her to become an accountant for her good knowledge of Math and science subjects. Her father always insisted that none of his children should be actors, and was devastated when she decided to study Theatre Arts. Mercy Aigbe said she had to beg and appease him with a goat in order to get his approval on her acting career.
Still, in the need to be in the good books of her father, she got a marketing job at a bank after her graduation. However, her passion was still in acting. This led her to resign even though she had a good job that paid well. She started acting in soap operas before going into Yoruba movies.
Mercy Aigbe made her acting debut in 2006, in a film titled Ara. Her magnificent role in the movie earned the attention of many producers, ushering her into a whole new acting level.
Mercy Aigbe is known for her unique style and dressing. At the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Mercy Aigbe’s dress earned her great applause from fashion stakeholders, and she trended on social media even after the ceremony. The dress was commended for its unique design. In November 2014, Aigbe launched her clothing store, Mag Divas Boutique in Lagos, then opened another outlet in Ibadan. She was awarded Fashion Entrepreneur of The Year at Links and Glitz World Awards.
Mercy Aigbe Filmography
Mercy Aigbe filmography is but not restricted to:
- Afefe Ife (2008)
- Okanjua (2008)
- Atunida Leyi (2009)
- Igberaga (2009)
- Ihamo (2009)
- Ìpèsè (2009)
- Iró funfun (2009)
- Mafisere (2009)
- Oju ife (2009)
- Omoge Osas (2012)
- Ile Oko Mii (2014)
- Victims (2015)
- The Screenplay (2017)
- Little Drops of Happy (2017)
- 200 Million (2018)
- Second Acts (2018)
Awards and honours
- She won the Best Actress in Yoruba award at the City People Awards held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
- Best Indigenous Language (Yoruba) (2014)
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Yoruba) (2010)
- Best Actress in an Indigenous Movie Nomination (non-English speaking language) (2012)
- City People Entertainment Yoruba Movie Personality of the year (2015)
- Fashion Entrepreneur of The Year Awarded by Links and Glitz World Awards (2015)
Mercy Aigbe Family, Relationship
In 2013, Mercy Aigbe got married to a Nigerian hotelier, Lanre Gentry and has two children (Juwon Gentry and Michelle Aigbe) and three stepdaughters. In 2017, their marriage crashed after she shared photos of herself allegedly being assaulted by her husband. She consequently separated from her husband due to claims of domestic violence and started a campaign against it.
Mercy Aigbe has remained unmarried ever since separating from her husband.
Mercy Aigbe is not new to controversies. As a fashionista and someone whose fashion sense is unique, Mercy has been accused of flaunting clothes that never belonged to her. In 2017, she was called out by an Edo bride who shared the same fashion designer with Mercy. Mercy allegedly collected the to-be bride from her fashion designer while they tried to force another fabric and cloth on the lady.
In 2018, and 2019, Mercy was accused of sewing clothing fabrics she never either paid for or given for free to promote which she never did.
In June 2018, Mercy Aigbe reportedly bought a house to valued at N200 million. After the news went viral, it was rumoured that former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who was reportedly in a romantic relationship with the actress bought her the property. Mercy never denied the accusation until she flew abroad for a seminar where she debunked the rumour. The former governor, however, never came out to publicly deny the accusation.
Mercy Aigbe Net Worth
Mercy Aigbe who is not only a talented actress but also an entrepreneur and a brand ambassador to several brands has an estimated net worth of N400 million. She reportedly bought a house valued at N200 million.