Mercy Aigbe (born 1 January 1978) is a Nigerian actress, director, fashionista, and businesswoman. She is best known for her Yoruba indigenous movies.
Early Life and Career
Mercy Aigbe was born on 1 January 1978 in Edo State to Pa Aigbe and Mrs Abisola Grace Owodunni. She hails from Benin city which is the capital of Edo State. She is the second child in a family of five. She did her primary education at St. Francis primary school and attended Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School Ikeja, Lagos. She is also an alumnus of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, where she received her OND in Financial Studies. In 2001, Mercy Aigbe graduated from the University of Lagos with a degree in Theater Arts.
Mercy Aigbe kicked off her acting career by starring in some soap operas including the popular T.V drama series “Papa Ajasco”. Professionally, Mercy joined the Nollywood industry fully in 2006 and acted in the movie that brought her into limelight ‘Ara’, a movie produced by Remi Olupo in Ibadan, Oyo State. She founded “Mercy Aigbe Gentry School of Drama” in 2016.
In November 2014, Mercy Aigbe was made the brand ambassador for Elephant Gold Rice. Mercy Aigbe signed a one-year deal to be the brand ambassador for Prestige Cosmetic in June 2015. In July 2016, Mercy signed an endorsement deal with Edalaf Brother Limited, an IT solution company. She was made an ambassador for a fitness company called “Shape you”, the company that produces Slimming Coffee in October 2016. Mercy Aigbe in March 2017, was made the brand ambassador for BK hair. In September 2018, She was made the brand ambassador for “Naija Taxi Services”, a company that deals with the transportation of people. Mercy Aigbe along with Bose Alao and Biodun Okeowo penned an endorsement deal with a Cosmetic giant “Mary Make”.
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. In 2018, Mercy Aigbe purchased a house worth ₦200 million for herself and her kids.
Husband and Children
After her first marriage ended due to the interference of her mother-inlaw, Mercy Aigbe in 2013, married a Nigerian hotelier, Lanre Gentry, and has two children (Juwon Gentry and Michelle Aigbe) and three stepdaughters. In 2017, she shared photos of herself after allegedly being assaulted by her husband. She consequently separated from her husband due to claims of domestic violence and started a campaign against it.
Lanre Gentry, the estranged husband of popular Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, has stated that he has no issues with the delectable actress.
The pair who have a son together, engaged in a war of words on Father’s Day as they fought dirty on social media.
In an exclusive interview with The Punch, Gentry noted that he has no problem with the actress. He further gave an insight into what caused their war of words on social media.
“I do not have any problem with Mercy and I am not fighting with her. She is the one that is fighting; I deserve to wish myself a happy Father’s Day whenever it is celebrated. Woli Agba made a funny skit which I liked; I reposted it on my page and wished myself a Happy Father’s Day. The next thing was that she insinuated that the message I posted was directed at her. I told her the post was not directed to her. That was it. I do not have a problem with her neither am I fighting with her. I am a man so I do not believe in gossiping or backbiting; it is mostly women that do that. I do not need to join issues with Mercy.”
Gentry told The Punch that apart from having a child with the actress, he has no relationship with Mercy Aigbe. He was quick to note that contrary to the fact that the actress wants to portray him as a ‘deadbeat father’, he provides for their son.
The estranged husband of the actress further revealed that he will soon tie the knot with another woman.
He said, “I do not have a relationship with Mercy and by the grace of God I will re-marry in September this year (2021). I have my fiancée that I am going to marry. So you see that I do not have any issues with her. When it comes to Mercy and me, we are already divorced. She dragged me to five different courts for a divorce and she has got it. I do not have anything to do with her again.
“I pay my son’s school fees. When Michelle was with me, I was the one paying her school fees. She told me that she has been upgraded so she removed our son from the school we both enrolled him and I pay N380,000. She went to enroll the kid in a school that pays N980,000. I told her I could not afford it because I am not a drug trafficker neither am I an armed robber. I pay the amount that I can afford. When she brought her daughter to my house, I was the one taking care of the child as a father so when she takes Juwon to another man’s house, the man should take up the responsibility of a father. Later in life, the boy will know his real father’s house.”
Mercy Aigbe’s net worth as of 2021 is estimated at around $770, 000 (net worth estimated in 2021).