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5 Nov 2016

How I was Rejected in Nollywood Because of my Skin Colour- Mercy Johnson

Popular Nollywood Actress Mercy Johnson has shared the story of how she was rejected severally in her early career in the Industry.

She said that the light skinned ladies where being preferred to the dark ones so it was very difficult for directors to give her any role.

She attributed the glory she is enjoying now to the work of Grace despite her dark skin colour.

In her words, “It is very true that when I was starting out in the movie industry, it was difficult to get roles because of my complexion. I faced that a lot and I tell people that my success is just grace. Somebody once told me that I am too dark but that is where the grace and favour of God comes in. Regardless of

 “It is not true that I pick just any movie role. People are different and what appeals to one person might not appeal to the other. One of my most popular movies is ‘Dumebi Goes to School’ and I know how many actresses rejected that script before I accepted to do it. That movie has been one of the highest selling movies in Nollywood till date.

“I think it is not fair for anyone to say I just jump on any movie production. As human beings, our strength is in our diversity and differences; this means that what you call trash might not be trash to someone else. I select my scripts and I work with all of my heart because acting is my passion. When I read a script and it appeals to me, I have fun while I do it,” she said.

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