In an interview made available to Somtoo Okoye blog today, Nollywood star Mercy Johnson discussed some of the issues she faced for being a dark lady in the movie industry and for not bleaching her skin.
According to the mother of three:
“I faced that a lot and I tell people that my success is just grace. It is very true that when I was starting out in the movie industry, it was difficult to get roles because of my complexion.
“Somebody once told me that I am too dark but that is where the grace and favour of God comes in.
“Regardless of everything, most of the dark-skinned actresses that are my contemporaries made it.
“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.”