By TEMILADE ENIOLA
Actress Mercy Aigbe-Gentry has some words for critics who have described Yoruba actors as illiterates.
“Many people think we are uneducated and can’t speak good English. I think people are not informed, so whenever someone tells me they are not aware I speak proper English, I simply laugh it off,” she recently told Punch Newspaper.
The actress has been in the news for her strong criticism against publishers of Sunday Thisday Style cover for omitting her pictures from the ‘Best Dressed In The Industry.’
“I really don’t know why and it has been on for a very long time. However, we have started to get better recognition unlike what obtained in the industry four years ago. The gap is already being bridged and I think it is only a matter of time. I think we Yoruba actors also need to let people know that we are also a part of Nollywood and demand to be respected like our English counterparts.
Our counterparts in the English genre have always had fantastic stories and actors. I think Nollywood should be one and devoid of any form of disparity or segregation. The term Nollywood in my opinion means movies made in Nigeria irrespective of the medium. I am also featuring in a Hausa movie which will be released soon.