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Mercy Aigbe-Gentry Denies Knowing Fashion Designer ‘Phoonmy Afrika’ who Called her out for not Giving Credits on Instagram



Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe-Gentry, has debunked the story about her making the rounds on social media.

A fashion designer Phoonmy Afrika called her out on Instagram claiming she didn’t fulfill her own part of their agreement.

The fashion designer claimed that she had an agreement with the actress to give her credit in the post of her wearing a shirt she designed, as the actress won’t be paying for it.

Phoonmy Afrika shared a screenshot of Mercy’s post when she wore the shirt.

Mercy in a post on Instagram refuted the allegations that she had an agreement with the designer, adding the shirt was gifted her by a friend Jumoke Odetola for her birthday and had no clue about an agreement. She also added that the tagged @tsmartcouture for the skirt.

The fashion designer afterwards, shared a screenshot where Mercy sent her a thank you message in her DM.

Photo Credit: Instagram | @mercyaigbe , @phooonmy_afrika



  1. T

    January 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Well…ms designer,there are better ways to handle issues like this,you still want partronage right? Even if the story is true,I don’t think calling her out on social media is the best thing, and how is she supposed to tag you when she claims she got it from someone as a birthday gift? Whichever way, this isn’t good for business,and for you to ask her and the other lady to tag you,it means you are still looking for customers,so how is this good for your business?let’s apply wisdom and maturity in our dealings, and you didn’t state anywhere that you spoke to her about it or asked her why she didn’t ‘tag’ you,so once you saw her put up the shirt,the next thing was for you to go on social media to call her out,how childish and petty.
    My cousin once made dresses for a popular actress but she took the cloths and didn’t finish paying the money, my cousin never thought of calling her out on social media,she simply stopped making cloths for her,I wonder what your motive is here, as much as possible,try to avoid drama.
    I wonder if any celeb or non celeb set will want to make cloths from you, you have portrayed yourself as someone that likes drama
    PS. See the shirt sef…smh

    • Amanda

      January 20, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Your last sentence forfeits all the sense it seems you’re making. If Mercy didn’t think the shirt was nice or classy enough, she won’t have worn it in the first place so trying to degrade it to prove a point is just low.After reaching out to Mercy in her DM and also contacting her manager, what else was left for her to do? Let it pass Abi? And that’s why this country will never be better because we pass on doing things right. Get off your judgement horse and appropriate blame where it is due.

    • wonja

      January 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Mercy voltron pele. This could also have been easily avoided if Mercy fulfilled her end of the bargain.

    • Kilode

      January 20, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Really though??? There was an AGREEMENT that Mercy gets the shirt for free if she publicizes the designer of the shirt!
      There is a HUGE problem when one violates that agreement. Mercy wore the dress the first time and did not keep to agreement, she was reached privately and reminded gently about the initial agreement. She “recalled” the initial agreement and promised to “Rerock” the shirt and tag\promote the Designer as agreed. She did rerock the shirt but instead gave credit to another designer instead, and immediately blocked the rightful designer on IG and also deleted their message history. All these happened BEFORE the Social Media call out, and is actually what brought about the Social Media dragging. And to make matters worse, Mercy told the designer she could go do her worst when further attempt were made privately to correct this wrong.
      THERE IS EVERYTHING WRONG WITH WHAT MERCY DID! This is unacceptable. Please be quiet from now on. Jeez!!

    • omodollars

      January 21, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Excuse me. This has to stop , why lie? It is a shameful thing and you support it?omase ooo

  2. Asa

    January 20, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Hello Nigerian designers I will be gladly to wear your outfit anytime and any day and still tag you on the Facebook, twitter and Instagram if needed. Seriously all this so called Nigeria celebrity needs to stop abeg. Give credit where is deserved.

  3. Engoz

    January 20, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Obviously a miscommunication problem that didn’t need to be brought online. Jumoke Odetola was probably the middleman between Phoonmy Afrika and Mercy. There must have been a strain in the communication somewhere. This could have been better clarified outside the internet. But Phoonmy Afrika was probably hasty and couldn’t wait to get into a war of words with a nollywood ‘star’. Very unprofessional from Phoonmy Afrika. Mercy needs to be more careful with whom she deals with.

    • Made

      January 20, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      Read all the situations before you jump into conclusions. The designer even reached out to her manager who reported that Mercy says she won’t be returning the shirt and she can do her worst and this why things escalated. Stop the celebrity worship and look beyond your nose. How do you thank someone for something if you didn’t know them before why did Mercy go on a blocking and deleting spree instead of addressing the issue immediately. It was just a simple tag. Mercy is wrong and should take the blame simple. The designer here is just new to the industry and she didn’t have any other voice than to raise it to the public. Mercy allowed everything to go messy by refusing to accept her mistake. And other stories of how badly she treats people who have worked with her – refusing to pay a makeup artist without the prior agreement that it was going to be free service. She should stop hiding under a false life.

    • Engoz

      January 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Celebrity worship? Tehehe, you’ve got to be kidding me. Yes Thank you for the shirt because it was a GIFT but still no proof of Phoonmy Afrika requesting she be tagged! Mercy saying she doesn’t know her meaning she doesn’t know her personally or have never met her before, obviously Odetola was the go to person between the two. Did Phoonmy Afrika personally give Mercy the shirt? Where is the proof of this agreement that Mercy should tag her? So far all she has is a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that is not presentable in court.

  4. boom

    January 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Mercy told d designer to do her worse. Why bully a young upcoming designer??? You lie sef on top free shirt. Not fair.

    • Fleur

      January 15, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      its time Nigerian designers provided a written formal agreement for greedy celebs. if she had a written agreement, then she’d have legal recourse or something to post on the internet

  5. naija queen

    January 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Mercy and some so-called celebs are actually partial and self-centered when it comes to patronizing brands. Even when they get free items, they won’t still wear or use. It is you that’d be begging them to wear despite the fact that they didn’t pay a penny for it and not considering the person’s sweat and efforts to celebrate them as the celebrities that they are na, But no, their yeye ego will not let them remember they were once struggling to climb the ladder of fame and stardom. THEY NEED TO BE CALLED OUT LIKE THIS SOMETIMES ABEG.

  6. Ibi

    January 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Fortunately this has been a blessing for Funmi. Mercy should have just acknowledged her instead of lying. It also shows how fickle our celebrities are. Should it have made it to SM? It started on SM. Why tag the skirt maker and not the one who made the shirt?

  7. Wunmi

    January 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    But I don’t see this as a big deal.She shouldn’t have turned the whole thing messy for Mercy.If a celebrity doesn’t tag u,go to their page,take d said picture,put it on ur page and tag ur self or u tag ur self in the comments section of the celebrity.That one is even more honourable than this noise u are making upanadan.Why cry so much over tagging.Let’s say she didn’t pay now it’s a different thing.Oshisco

    • wonja

      January 20, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Shr didn’t pay.

    • Ibi

      January 20, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Some people can’t or won’t read!!!

    • Fumzy

      January 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Abeg, this one doesn’t follow at all, at all. Mercy that is denying she doesn’t know, won’t she also deny that she designed it? It is as if you don’t understand how this works. The main purpose of giving her the free shirt is for publicity and even if she tags herself in comment, how many people will see it? Also tagging on her page won’t make a difference because only people who follow her will see it and remember the target is to reach the wide number of people who follow Mercy. The only thing dishonourable here is Mercy’s lie. You can’t be choosing how everyone will react to unfair treatment especially against popular people or celebrities. Call a spade, a spade.

    • Kilode

      January 20, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Jeeez! It is a big deal. The ONLY reason she was given the shirt for FREE was that she wear it, and promote the outfit by tagging\mentioning the name of the designer.
      Understand now?

    • Trendy

      January 20, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Wunmi, I swear you are crazy? Can you read at all? Were alaso

    • Mimi

      January 20, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      She did not pay for it. The agreement was ‘rock it and give credit to @phoonmy_afrika who is the designer of the shirt’. Mercy aigbe did not keep to her part of the agreement hence what she gets… A major call out!

  8. Ima

    January 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    What Mercy did is dishonorable, why lie? I’m glad the designer stood up for herself. It’s good enough Mercy got the shirt for free, why not keep to your end of the bargain.

  9. TobeReal

    January 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Tonto Part 11….rage against the young retailer..designer

  10. May

    January 20, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Bootleg celebrity. The designer self carry fire for head……

  11. nene

    January 21, 2017 at 12:10 am

    later they’ll say women support women. how difficult or hard is it for mercy to tag the designer? how sway? it’s too bad, everyone is trying to make it in life, try to help those you can help

  12. omodollars

    January 21, 2017 at 8:30 am

    To think that some of you feel she shouldn’t have come out in public to embarras mercy amazes me. She was wrong and she lied. She lied and it is a big deal!

  13. Jagaban

    January 21, 2017 at 10:38 am

    In other news….a certain fellow that went to London for holiday died of a certain organ failure yesterday. Surprised the news hasn’t gotten here. Posted it as a comment yesterday but Iya Bella swallowed my comment like eba. Sha sha a certain family would be regretting allowing their son to marry the said fellow’s daughter cos we all know it was a political arrangement. Anyhoo I wish the “sai”d man (get it??) a peaceful rest.

  14. Tee

    January 21, 2017 at 11:44 am

    When Mercy came out to say all her Turkish ‘Hermes’ bag were the real deal and what makes us think she can’t afford original. I knew she was either crazy or a chronic liar. For her to think Nigerians don’t know what it takes to buy a ‘Birkin’ or know how much it cost is ridiculous. Mercy, you just lied again by deleting her messages. Liar liar

  15. Joke

    January 21, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Love her hustle, but Mercy is a well known liar and all round fake person who forms big AKA “fake Lagos geh” and should be called out. She is a low class girl trying to “come up.” She’s just lucky she has a good figure and by 9aija standards is considered pretty, but her low class behaviour will keep her down. I can go back to many many moons ago when she talked about being friends with and often going to visit her Tokunbo husband’s first wife and kids that he used and abandoned in Ireland. Years later she said he was divorced when they met and she has and had nothing to do with them. God is watching you. People, Nigerian actors unless they have side hustles don’t make a lot of money so they are mostly broke that’s why most can’t afford medical treatment for themselves when they fall ill. Mercy is ok financially bcos of her Tokunboh husband, who is a business man, not acting. Stop giving Nigerian celebs free things cos most won’t pay because they can’t afford it.

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