The AMCVA (Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards) 2016 took place a few weeks ago. Nigerian magazine, This Day Style, in their latest issue, published the best-dressed actors and actresses on their front cover.
Then the controversy began. Some people felt that This Day Style was biased for not including Yoruba actors and actresses (a.k.a Yorrywood) on their front cover. By consensus, most people agree that one actress in particular more than qualified to be on it.
She’s Mercy Aigbe-Gentry, the Yoruba movie actress.
Some Nigerians saw it as a snub, because she only acts in Yoruba movies.
Or because she’s not posh enough for them.
Mercy is in agreement with her fans and called This Day Style out for it.
She said, “Hey Fam…. so I just came back from church and decided to check IG only for me to see plenty tags on a particular pix posted by @thisdaystyle …..I read pple’s comments asking why Mercy isn’t on the cover and at first I wanted to waka pass, but on a second thought I decided to talk about it, cos it’s been an issue dat has lingered for too long!…….I thought to myself why didn’t Mercy make the cover of @thisdaystyle best dressed list?…. Has @thisdaystyle ever featured a yoruba actor on their cover?………are yoruba movies not part of nollywood? …..is Nollywood not supposed to mean home grown Nigerian movies? …..hmmmmm I am very sure they didn’t coz, they won’t want to STAIN their cover with a ‘RAZZ’ ‘LOCAL’ yoruba actor!….Yes I am razz, Yes I am local and Yes I am a Yoruba actor!…..No I refuse to speak ur almighty English with fake British or American accent!….Because I’ll always remain true to myself!…I am ME ….Proud Benin Woman, Proud Ijesha’s wife and above all proud Nigerian. …And just in case e still dey be una like dream ‘LOCAL TI TAKE OVER’ ….“
She wore this beautiful floor-length silver beaded dress by House of Luminee to the awards show.
And you will agree that she killed it! The mother of two was looking hot.
Really, she should have made the cover and now we come to think of it, we are yet to see Yorrywood people on This Day Style’s cover oh.
Yorrywood is still part of Nollywood. They are important too.
It seems like Yorrywood has decided that enough is enough.