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In this interview with Broadway Africa TV, Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe opens up about her marriage, the emotional and physical abuse allegedly brought about by her estranged husband Lanre Gentry and a whole lot more.

BN published excerpts of the interview last week.

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52 Comments

  1. bodunade

    May 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    All I can say is LOL to these women acting feem everywhere. And to the foolish men practicing suplex on their wives, more grease to their knuckles.

    Marriage is not by force!

    • Seriously

      May 14, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      I’m glad these women are speaking out from Tiwa savage, Tonto Dikeh and now mercy. It’s about time Nigerians stop pretending, be truthful and address important issues. It’s not always about degrees and looking good. There’s a huge character flaws here. Nigerian fathers it’s not only about academics, break the cycle of abuse because sons emulate what they see their fathers do.
      Nigerian women, mothers stop babying your sons and husbands, condone and excuse certain behaviors.
      I don’t feel bad for these women only bcos on one can force an adult into something, you make that choice. These women all saw red flags but proceeded with their marriage.

      I like that DV is taken seriously more than ever in Nigeria

  2. bodunade

    May 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    He’s rich, she’s sexy, she has a fat ass, he’s good looking, we have chemistry ( very hilarious) are some of the reasons we date or even marry. No understanding of each other or even what it means to love or be in a relationship. Please remain fuckmates if you don’t know. Is not by force to own another person.
    Where is my percocets, I need to pop something.

  3. Ijs

    May 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Women need to choose better.. Date, get to know each other annoy him, sée his réaction. If you look deeply the single common denominato in thèse failed celebrity marriages is that thèse women expected thèse men to change and they did not.

  4. ...just saying

    May 14, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Yet you want him to sign undertaking so you can go back?

  5. lawee

    May 14, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Am i the only one who thinks the girl talks too much and she may be telling lies?

    Beat you everyday ? And you still stay for almost seven years ?

    mercy, just move on to your next mugun and let the sleeping dogs lie ….

  6. ...the story behind the story

    May 14, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Formed opinions , i believe her story though

  7. Darius

    May 14, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    She never said she wanted to go back. I think she wants a restraining order against him. The lady has been through a lot! I don’t think she would ever want to go back to “her egypt” after entering the promise land. Never!

  8. Smackdown

    May 14, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    We have seen and heard enough. Stop airing your dirty laundry in public. Go quietly to rebuild your life. If you go back to him you only have yourself to blame for whatever happens after that.

    • ITK

      May 14, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      Certainly you are on smack something. Did anyone force you to read? Oshisco. Always shaming victims.

    • Smackdown

      May 15, 2017 at 12:42 am

      ITK… Ode ma nie o! No one is shaming victims. The guy tried the murder her and she’s still contemplating going back as long as he signs an undertaking. Who do you blame if she ends up dead in this case? She has free will, freedom to make a decision concerning her own life.

    • Fizzy

      May 15, 2017 at 9:53 am

      You are the ode. Your first comment insinuated it. Wicked women all around

  9. I

    May 14, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Mercy, no one would judge you if you had worn make up for this interview. This comes off as fake. My point is, victims wear make up too. At least before now, we all thought your marriage was great and that’s why a lot of people still don’t believe you went through that ordeal. Show the world that being on fleek doesn’t mean all is well. Change the narrative sis. It is well.

    • Temi

      May 14, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Wow. May you never experience a crumbling marriage. And if you have to, may God forbid it still, may it not be a public spectacle in the Court of public opinion. For her to at one point strive to cover up for a man just to have a home (we see how your Nigerians judge single ladies) and have to rethink that and outright admit it . You didn’t she is enjoying all this?

  10. mum

    May 14, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Let her tell her story, if those of u doubting her pay good attention, u will know she is granting this interview because she is scared of her life. Y’ll pray u don’t experience this. It’s really hard to walk way.

    • Pearl

      May 14, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      How do I stop my friend from marrying her abusive BF? I am scared!!!

    • Teller

      May 16, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      @Pearl, her loved ones should kill him or he’ll kill her

  11. Nene

    May 14, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Who’s next?

  12. Turbine

    May 14, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Aunty Mercy, I understand this African burden of “What would people say”- I have borne that burden too until I realized the date on my tombstone was was moving closer, faster than the days i was living on earth. After a lot of thought, something came to my head “WE KNOW WHAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SAY!” if we are honest, we may have even uttered something ignorant and hurtful against other people. Now, we have to ask ourselves if their idle words have the same worth as our fulfillment and safety. Is it worth it to raise kids in a hellish environment or die early because of people that would be taking selfies at one’s burial and may not even pay for the asoebi last last? Even if you do one thing to avoid their words, they will write a thesis about the other one you didn’t do.

    Because your heart (the emotional and physical one) is worth more than the wagging tongues of millions, PLEASE, DISAPPOINT THOSE WHO LOOK UP TO YOU AS A MARRIED WOMAN AND LEAVE THIS BEAST- If na role model, those who are survivors of abuse or looking for strength to leave an ungodly situation would look up to you. All this your “it is not in my place… it is not respectful… i don’t want it to be said…”, Aunty, let us leave all that crap in the suicide dustbin. Was it in his place to attempt to murder you or run you mad with emotional assault? I don’t have any Nigerian movie “To God Be The Glory” ending to promise you. It is possible he finds a younger more naive model to marry. It is possible you find love first but this is a race for your survival, not a competition with a breathing health hazard. If you leave this man, i can assure you, no ghost or evil spirit would be cracking your skull, neither would you be beating yourself. If you are married to someone doing evil to you, you are delaying loving yourself and preventing others from doing same.

    To those of us yet to jump the broom: be it friendship, partnership or marriage, present the situation without filters. Even if you stay with a beater (baddest idea ever thinketh), make sure everyone in Africa knows the kind of thug he/she is so the day he/she does the one that pass you, he wont be able to lie/ run/ hide. Abusers are fueled and favored by your shame.

    • Zaza

      May 19, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Thumbs up for this write up

  13. ada

    May 14, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    the bible says “he who finds a wife; finds a good thing and obtains favour from lord.” Any Man that maltreats his wife is foolish n weak because you will always struggle in life with sweat and no grace. Today i witnessed my Pastor honour and praise his wife in tears; and i was blessed. there are good men out there with “absolute fear of God”

    Mercy trust me in the future you will thank God. I’ve witnessed domestic violence women go into hiding/ safe houses cut contact with their family for their safety.. if u died ur replacement is already waiting.. and u will damage your children; they learn by your actions. your girls are watching you on healthy relationships.
    no point judging now..whatever the story, mistakes, truth, drama, she chose wrong, dint pray or fast enough,; it dosen’t matter. Violence is for weak men. i honestly believe you set the standard of how a Man treats you.

    one woman now kuku go n marry this man now, with all this history trusting God, n starving in form of fasting theirs will be different. i tire sha.

  14. lawy

    May 14, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    madam,enough of ur stories abeg.ur husband is under detention at kirikiri maximum prison.we all condemn the act of domestic violence.bt u sef needs to watch urself.excuse every man nd a woman in entertainment industry is at the verge of flirting around,so pls,mercy enough of this crocodile tears,focus on ur career nd be good.AND if u made mistakes at the past,retrace ur steps nd be a better person u aint a saint my dear,there is no smoke without fire!!!!

    • tito

      May 15, 2017 at 4:29 am

      Hi lawy. Do you know this lady personally, or how come you are accusing her of flirting? Why don’t you go do your homework, and provide at least one proof of your accusations; before you start bashing her on issues you prolly know nothing about?
      I’d bet you are a saint yourself, right?

  15. Turbine

    May 14, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Aunty Mercy, I understand this African burden of “What would people say”- I have borne that burden too until I realized the date on my tombstone was was moving closer, faster than the days i was living on earth. After a lot of thought, something came to my head “WE KNOW WHAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SAY!” if we are honest, we may have even uttered something ignorant and hurtful against other people. Now, we have to ask ourselves if their idle words have the same worth as our fulfillment and safety. Is it worth it to raise kids in a hellish environment or die early because of people that would be taking selfies at one’s burial and may not even pay for the asoebi last last? Even if you do one thing to avoid their words, they will write a thesis about the other one you didn’t do.

    Because your heart (emotional; physical) is worth more than the wagging tongues of millions, PLEASE, DISAPPOINT THOSE WHO LOOK UP TO YOU AS A MARRIED WOMAN AND LEAVE THIS BEAST- If na role model, those who are survivors of abuse or looking for strength to leave an ungodly situation would look up to you. All this your “it is not in my place to lock him up… it is not respectful to say such… i don’t want it to be said…”, Aunty, let us leave all that crap in the suicide dustbin. Was it in his place to attempt to murder you or run you mad with emotional assault?

    I don’t have any Nigerian movie “To God Be The Glory” ending to promise you. It is possible he finds a younger more naive model to marry. It is possible you find love first but this is a race for your survival, not a competition with a breathing health hazard. If you leave this man, i can assure you, no ghost or evil spirit would be cracking your skull, neither would you be beating yourself. If you are married to someone doing evil to you, you are delaying loving yourself and preventing others from doing same.

    To those of us yet to jump the broom: be it friendship, partnership or marriage, present the situation without filters. Even if you stay with a beater (baddest idea ever thinketh), make sure everyone in Africa knows the kind of thug he/she is so the day he/she does the one that pass you, he wont be able to lie/ run/ hide. Abusers are strengthened and shielded by the shame of their victims.

  16. I

    May 14, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    @Temi. Amen, I’ll never experience it in Jesus’ name and I pray those who experience it already find comfort. Just in case you lost the narrative of my comment, let me try to break it down. I follow Mercy on IG and I admire her fashion sense. Even till today, she still posted a lovely pic with her daughter with full make up and all irrespective of what is going on in her life. Now, that’s the Mercy I know (I agree I don’t know her entirely). It’s not her story I have a problem with, I believe her. Her appearance is what I commented on. From what I’ve observed, she loves to dress up well and that’s her. So I believe she should stick to being herself. I wouldn’t judge her if she cried and granted the interview with her face made up. Victims of abuse come in all shapes, sizes, and colours. She being herself will not make her less a victim. This just reminds me of Tiwa who came out with a head scarf (something she wouldn’t do normally). It’s like you have to prove to the world how much of a victim you are. No you don’t. We believe you already. That’s my point. Sorry, if it got lost in my first comment.

  17. Passerby

    May 14, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    I feel for her…. But she comes across as someone who cares too much about her image or what people think. Even this video seems like she’s trying to gather sympathy from people which she deserves but she’s trying too hard. I wish her well.

    • tito

      May 15, 2017 at 3:11 am

      Hi Passerby. I disagree with you on your assessment of Mercy. But I do agree with you on one thing – I feel for her. Physical abuse is absolutely wrong. No man should ever raise their hands on any woman, let alone their wives. Even animals take care of their “mates.” That behavior puts such men in a class lower than animals, in my opinion. And I call them psycho as well!!!

    • Passerby

      May 15, 2017 at 5:12 am

      Nothing I said disagrees with what you have said. Domestic abuse is a heinous crime but women have overplayed the victim narrative and it would be more encouraging to come out as a survivor as opposed to a victim.
      Why give your abuser gratification by looking so disheveled and run over? I respect her emotions and will never undermine her pain but after a while people will tire from women giving melodramatic interviews. We can encourage each other and spread the word using a more powerful package.

      Then again it’s only an opinion. I’ve had many experiences with survivors hence my thoughts.

  18. Hentasy

    May 14, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    I blame Tiwa Savage for this …

  19. Anonymous

    May 14, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    The lord is your strength, you a strong woman and all you need do now is take care of yourself and your children. Be very prayerful and the lord will continue to be with you during your trying times. God be with you amen.

  20. Clara weldon

    May 14, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    God got you so nothing will happen to you..Amen

  21. Hentasy

    May 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    ok ok ok, He beats you. Chai !! He get heart oo .. Buh wah do u always do dah he always beats u #JustSaying

    • Grace

      May 15, 2017 at 6:22 am

      You are foolish #JustSaying

  22. temi

    May 15, 2017 at 12:59 am

    It’s really sad. I feel so sorry for her. I don’t understand why some women think she’s lying. Really? Lies? Ok let’s assume she’s lying does it warrant being beaten? No woman deserves to be beaten no matter what. It’s just savage. Am really worried about the increase in domestic violence. I begin to wonder, is there actually an increase or is social media bringing and already existing situation to limelight?

  23. PD Young Billionaire

    May 15, 2017 at 1:33 am

    It’s really sad Mercy has to go thru this.Her so called husband must be. a sick man.Even if he goes for therapy or whatever,Mercy still has to run for her life.I see Mr Gentry as a man who can’t handle his wife’s success.Not many men can.Some become agitated over little things they can overlook.
    @Mercy….dump his sorry ass!!!

    • tito

      May 15, 2017 at 3:07 am

      Thank you for your comments, PD Young. I am absolutely with you on the fact that many men can’t handle their wives being successful. I am a living testimony to that. And yes, the man is very sick.
      I hope for the sake of God and her children, Mercy will make the right decision, and walk away from this psycho forever!!!

  24. tito

    May 15, 2017 at 3:04 am

    Can people stop judging this woman for Pete’s sake? All of you who seem to have it all together can be making silly comments concerning her. It’s not easy to just walk away when children are involved. The same reason many of you are judging and speaking crap about her, is the same reason she had not walked away until this time – to avoid the judgmental harshness of you guys.
    Miss Mercy, I feel you big time!!! I understand your pain. My advice for you is to pleaseeee walk away from this marriage. Never go back into it, physical abuse is not worth it at all. Take it from someone who loves you as her own blood sister. Pls forget you ever had a relationship with this man. Rather, focus on your children and career. Your children will not blame you for your decision in the future.
    You are a hard working woman, and to top it all, a fabulous mom who puts her kids first. Pls you need to be alive to take care of your children, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
    Jesus will heal your pains, the physical trauma, and your emotional wounds. It is well with you!!! Thank you for speaking out on this sensitive matter.

  25. bubu

    May 15, 2017 at 3:13 am

    But sorry oh! since i heard this story my thoughts have been, how come she allowed him batter her to the extent of breaking her skull and giving her bruises and people where there looking or what, all the women she mentioned could not jump on him and hold him down or hold his leg or something to allow her escape, i have just been imagining the all scene, she was really bleeding and all. Men should learn to control their anger seriously, why should you allow yourself get angry to the point were u beat someone until they are bleeding or dead. It is a bad spirit.

  26. Blackky

    May 15, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Who else didn’t care to watch this???? Am tired of these ladies who feel that social media and the public can fix their lives. We were not there when you got married. We do not live in your homes. We did not help you make the decision to stay when you were abused. So biko, stop turning us into detectives, judges and journalists on matters we know nothing about!!!

  27. tito

    May 15, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Whao!!! If anyone knows or has Mercy Aigbe’s (or her PR’s) direct contact, could they kindly share it? I would love to speak with her personally. But in case not, here is my piece:
    Pls sister Mercy, do not feel bad about stating your side of the story. I have seen such men (as your husband, or should I say, your enemy) over and over, and it’s the same trend. They are insecure about their wives’ success, and want to destroy her just because she is more successful than they are. I believe your story 110%, because I have seen similar scenarios happen several times.
    Pls take care of your self. I pray that God restores your health and heal your pains. I do not know you personally, but I believe that you didn’t marry that guy for his money. You have always been a hard working woman, that I know. A woman who wants to depend on a guy’s money would not need to work half as hard as you do.
    Leave people alone, don’t bother yourself about the BS they have to say. People will always have their own opinions, no matter what you do/say. I have had people say the biggest crap about my life on issues that they know nothing about. It is not new to me, personally.
    Pls remember that you have a friend online (me) who believes your story, and wish you well.
    I pray that you find happiness as you move on with your life; and above all, that God grants you the grace to live above the pains, and be strong for your children.
    And plssssss, do not ever think of going back to that guy. If you do, then you will lose me as your friend. I want you to be alive and well, and going back to that guy will only bring you the opposite. Pls forget this marriage, and move on with your life. May God be with you always.

  28. john

    May 15, 2017 at 6:00 am

    @blaccky I am with you on that…I cant waste my data on stupid fake videos with fake tears ..all this nigerian actresses sha..I dont even know why some men marry them of all people..even the women commenting here will mot allow thier son or brothers to marry such oloshos known as nollywood actresses…I said it before ..the man is the one tired of her and want her out of his life asap and has another woman on standby..and mercy knows it to..all this thingvshe is doing melodramatic displays she is doing is just to frustrate the man efforts..thats all

    • Tinu

      May 15, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Why do you have to generalize. Cux their lives is in the limelight doesn’t make them olosho’s like you claim. Try and get a life and stop generalizing every actor.

  29. Nky

    May 15, 2017 at 8:14 am

    How does one love a man who consistently beats her or better still hope to build a home with him and raise children under those circumstances. I am not understanding…..
    Women please stop looking for validation. Love yourself first.

  30. doesn't matter

    May 15, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I truly feel for Mercy. Most women have same issue. They endure domestic violence for various reasons. It’s not just easy to work out of a marriage in our society. The man’s actions are attributed to the devil, witches, evil spell, etc . hence you see the women praying and fasting while enduring the beating in the hope that the man will be delivered.
    The issue of domestic violence is becoming very rampant. These men were brought up in families. Pls parents let’s bring up our kids( male and female) in the proper way to avoid all these in the future.
    I pray for your all round healing Mercy Aigbe.

  31. Mavi

    May 15, 2017 at 9:48 am

    For the last time and I’m getting tired of this; Stop Asking What Did She Do To Deserve The Beating!!
    IT IS WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, FOR A MAN TO BEAT A WOMAN – and vice versa.
    What she did or didn’t do doesn’t matter. Only weak, insecure and sick men hit women.

  32. Letty

    May 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I AM READING SOME THOUGHTLESS STUPID AND MISGUIDED COMMENTS ABOUT MAKEUP AND WHAT NOT….THIS IS MORONIC. …IF SHE HAD MADE UP THEY WOUD HAVE SAID SHE IS SUPERFICIAL….I TOTALLY SEE MERCY’S VIEWPONT. NIGERIA CAN BE A STUPID PLACE WE LOOK DOWN ON UNMARRIED PPL THE PRESSURE TO STAY MARIED IS IMMENSE AND KEEP IN MIND THAT SHE HAS BEEN MARRIED B4 AND REALLY WANTED TO MAKE THIS WORK…AND MORE SO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MAKES WOMEN FEEL WORTHLESS IT’S HARD TO MOVE PAST IT. I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DID IT ALWAYS LOOKING DOLLING UP. WHEN I’M DEPRESED I CAN’T FAKE IT..I LOOK A HOT MESS….

  33. Pita

    May 15, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Enough of these interviews and media soap opera’s…… Just go write a book.

  34. Moving on Swiftly

    May 15, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Clearly still in denial. This one will still go back. This time he will kill her.

  35. Lady on Top

    May 15, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Lanre Gentry and Ifeoluwa ”John” Ogunbode have the same blood. Insecure and weak men. Real men don’t fabricate lies and beat women. SMH

  36. Teller

    May 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Most of the people asking why she stayed, their moms are live-in maids and sex toys for their fathers and even chop beating too, especially in the earlier days of marriage… Stop throwing stones when you live in glass houses

  37. DAME

    May 17, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Let her be. Everyone has different ways of dealing with things biko. does she wear make-up to sweep her house ? so why must she wear makeup to do this interview.
    when my mom died, during her burial, my younger sister wore her makeup to the letter and had the highest heels on….me…i could have gone there in wrapper….i was just toooo sad and still sad.
    pls makeup is d last tin on her mind… let her be

  38. Lateh

    June 30, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I saw someone quote tiwa and I almost died laughing. Someone who made a 45min video of an alleged abusive husband on all fronts except physically but ran back to the same man. All these lying women who after whatever reason come out with these tedious interviews. These women plagued by internalized sexism who then later wear the cloak of ‘feminism’ to get out of cobweb of lies they built themselves. Excuse me if I don’t see the need for this rubbish. Leave him if you may or do you need some congratulations?

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