The blogs have been buzzing about Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson‘s new hair cut for the past few days. Mercy shaved off all her hair for the second time since she began her career (the first was for her role in the movie – “Before the Light”), this time it was for her role in a yet to be titled new movie by Michael Jaja. In the movie, Mercy plays the role of a woman who is framed for the murder of her husband. The actress who shot the movie on location in Enugu posted the photos on social networking sites – Facebook & Twitter and it definitely stirred up a major reaction from her fans.
BN caught up with Mercy Johnson to find out her motivation for the new look and what she has planned for 2011.
Speaking through her publicist, Bigsam Media, Mercy Johnson said she is merely walking her talk at the beginning of the year -
“After a strategy meeting with my management company, Platform Management and publicist, Bigsam Media, we set a goal for my career and that goal is for me to be more committed to my craft. Year 2010 was wonderful but we hope to move to greater heights in 2011 hence my decision with the agreement of my team to remain committed to my craft. I want to do more, break boundaries, move higher and contribute my quota to further put and entrench Nollywood, our industry on global map. That is my goal and that is why I will do whatever it takes to interpret my role and entertain the audience without debasing womanhood and African culture.“
When asked about reports that the decision was financially motivated, Mercy said,
“It is not about the money it is about my commitment to my craft. Yes, I was well paid but 2011 is about my going all the way, pushing myself to the fullness of my potential. Above all else, I am an actor before any other thing, so I am concentrating my energy on what I am than what I am not.“
As per her plans for 2011, Mercy attests that she will be “living her life like its golden” especially because she will ill with malaria and hospitalized in December 2010. She will be heading to Liberia for a Valentine’s Day event. While in Monrovia, she hopes to meet her fans and also hopes to motivate Liberian youth by sharing her story.
Little nuggets of news specially whipped up by the BellaNaija Team.