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Mercy Salma Aminu, Nollywood Actress Who Escaped Rape Attempt By Movie Director Speaks

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March 22, 2016 – Mercy Salma Aminu, Kogi-born Nigerian Actress Who Escaped Rape Attempt By Movie Director Narrates Ordeal

Mercy Salma Aminu joined Nollywood less than a decade ago but she seems to have seen the god,bad and ugly sides of Nollywood.

In a recent chat with Tony Ogaga and Uche Nneka, the UNIABU English graduate opens up on her career, dreams and how she narrowly escaped rape.

See Excerpts:

Let’s talk about growing up, how many are you in the family?

I am from a polygamous home. My mother is the second wife and I am the second born of the family and last born of my mom. We are only two from my mom. It was fun grow­ing up. My siblings and I lived like one happy family and there was never division among us. You’d never believe we were from a polygamous home.

How did you come into acting?

Wow! I used to do commercial modeling. There was a day we had a show at Bolingo Hotel, Abuja, and someone just walked up to me, saying he needed me to feature in his movie. I was like ‘wow! I’ve never acted my entire life (laughter). But he’s like ‘I saw your attitude on the runway and you have what it takes to be a successful actress’. That was how I did my first movie acting alongside legendary Sam Loco in 2008. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Eight years after, how would you describe your experience in Nollywood?

Hmmm… I’ve experienced the good, the bad and the ugly. I had an experience where a director wanted to take advantage of me. Let me just end it there because the details are not pleasant. But I must confess that the general impres­sion that the industry is a place where you see all manners of dirty stuff flying around is probably true. But I think it applies to people who don’t know their onions, because we have a lot of talented people in the industry.

So, how did you react when it happened?

I was mad at him. At first, I was going to keep it to myself but I was like ‘no, this could have ended in rape if it had happened’. It was a terrible experience. I think that was one of the things that made me stay back for a while as far as acting is concerned. But I had to come back and was like ‘if this is happening in the movie industry, it can happen anywhere. If I can’t stand this here, I won’t be able to stand my ground anywhere else’.

You stood your ground?

Yea, I had a terrible fight with him. The next day, he vic­timised me on set. He kept cutting the shots and making me repeat my lines, and it set me back emotionally. He was try­ing to break my confidence. Eventually, we couldn’t shoot so I rushed to my room and cried my eyes out. However, it was my first movie and I eventually got to act my role till the end and it came out well.

Are you friends today?

Yes, he apologised years later. We didn’t talk for like two years but when I came back, he apologised.

You’re a pretty girl; tell us about the man in your life?

Oh my God! Okay, let me answer. I had a relationship and it’s just ended. But I’m trying to build one now.

What led to the break up?

I love to be respected. I respect you and I expect that you respect me in return. You’re into my business and I want to be into your business. He relocated out of the country without letting me know, but when he finally settled down, he wanted me to relocate as well. The annoying thing was that he’s a movie director. He can direct from anywhere in the world because he is already known, but as for me, I can’t; I have to stay here and build my brand. He didn’t bother to plan with me and when he traveled, he started working my papers so I could join him, and I’m like ‘hello, things are not done that way. You didn’t put me into your plans; you didn’t even ask me if I’m okay with it’. It didn’t just go down well with me, and besides, I was facing a couple of chal­lenges, so we just packed it up.



  1. Olanrewaju

    March 22, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Same challenges other actress have had in the industry

  2. Omevwe(I am)

    March 22, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Hmmm…Did u see what I read, “He didn’t bother to plan with me & when he traveled,he started working my paper’s so I could join him,i am like hello,things are not done that way.”Let me tell I madam I too know(ITK),u Neva lived him in d 1st place, like u said he was a film director, u only wanted to use him to climb.2ndly he was working ur documents wtout asking u a dime & wen u knew u broke up relationship.F**K YOU

  3. Maryf

    March 22, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    Oh, we’ve heard, but I hope the movie director was not the one that wanted to rape you, And he’s not a married man?

  4. sola olaniyi

    March 22, 2016 at 8:12 AM


  5. chyna

    March 22, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    ok seen

  6. John Emeka

    March 22, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Wot kind of plan else do u want? Pride z anoda tin else dat u actress won’t ever keep low on

  7. my lady

    March 22, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    nawa ooooo

  8. D Hunter

    March 22, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    I like ur mindset abt lyf n ur stand against any form of molestation n intimidation esp 4rm d opposite sex. Kudos 4 hw u refused 2 compromise ur stance during dat nearly rape episode. Pls keep it up.


  9. Amazon

    March 22, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    That’s her story

  10. Rotimi owoade

    March 22, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    God time is the best

  11. ALEX&RIA

    March 23, 2016 at 3:18 AM

    @omevwe; u ar *****
    4 wat u typed der. Do u tink EVRYONE wil tink lik u. Let me tel u one thing, he who does nt plan well, must surely plan 2 fail & regret later. Dt’s y der re many break homes nowadays.
    2 me dir is pride in dt guy ***** STOP
    “money/fame/ego/pride” ar NOTIN b4 d sight of dos who know d importance of #INTRGRITY

    @D Hunter; weldon, U make sense.

    @D actress; Kip it up.

  12. Omevwe(I am)

    March 26, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Alex&Ria,who ever u are *****.I ll say it ova & ova again.She is too proud.Deal with it.

  13. ALEX&RIA

    March 30, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    same 2 u @ omevwe


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