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Why I Boarded a Train in Lagos With Ordinary Citizens- Mercy Johnson


Why I Boarded a Train in Lagos With Ordinary Citizens- Mercy Johnson

Yesterday, March 3, 2015, a viral photo of the Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson in a train with her kid went viral. People  have been accusing her of doing that for publicity stunt.

The actress released a press release on why she had to board a train with ordinary people.


Read what she wrote below:

“My picture and that of my daughter, Purity in a Lagos train has surfaced online and quite a number of people have asked me what I was doing in a train and in Lagos for that matter; not Paris or London.I was around Iddo at Ebute Metta when my Range Rover developed a mechanical fault and I had to make a very important appointment in Ikeja regardless of the usual traffic congestion in Lagos. Luckily, a member of my management team was around, he suggested a train ride and we were in Ikeja in less than 30 minutes but that is not the crux of this statement.

“Like I mentioned earlier, I have had to answer questions in private and public as to why I would board a train because trains in Nigeria are considered a means of transportation for the ordinary and not-so-rich people. A friend called and said I just devalued my brand by being on the train with ordinary people. I couldn’t help but laugh. Are we extra ordinary people because we are celebrities?

“In as much as I understand the concept of branding, packaging and exclusiveness, I will never trade the experience to sit, interact and feel the pulse of so-called ordinary people.

“By the way, I am part of the ordinary people. I grew up as an ordinary person among ordinary people. Why would I avoid them now? Would that be because I am now famous? Without these ordinary people, how would I have been famous in the first place? Without the so called ordinary people, where would Nigeria’s growing population of so-called well packaged celebrities be today?

“For the purpose of clarification, I was not on that train due to lack of money to get a well packaged cab or to get somebody to bring another car from the house but, my car developed an unforeseen fault and I needed a fast , reliable and convenient alternative immediately as there was urgent business to be attended to and I respect time a lot.

“The train was available where I was; most importantly, I did not want to turn down the opportunity to be with the people who would ordinarily not have access to me so I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and here we are.

“I want to thank my co-passengers, officials of the train for treating me with absolute respect and courtesy, I am indeed, very grateful.”


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  1. Thank you Mercy for being so humble, down to earth, to recognized that without those people would not be where you are, above all you did not forget your roots that you were like them years back. To be famous and have everything in the world does not mean to look down to other people. For what you did God will always exalt you more and more, be blessed with your family. We love you in SOUTH AFRICA.

  2. I have more respect for you Mercy, infact, your package has double in thousand! You will see many celeb will follow your step. Indeed like your simplicity.

  3. Thats y we love you MJ somuch. you are always soo real n yet still sophisticated in everyway. Keep being you and favor and respect will always mark your path. Lots of love! Eno

  4. MERCY you are in deed a star. The people the call ordinary are those buying and watching your films. Without the ‘ordinary’ people many so called celebrity would not be. God bless your humility.


  6. Are you an extra ordinary person? boarding a train is not a big deal. You Nigerians likes making news out of no news. As far as am concerned, you have insulted Nigerians by referring to as ORDINARY. May God help you people.

  7. Because of small change u gather from useless crook ways of yours, u now become extraordinary great insult to all Nigerian. Learn how to keep your mouth shut if don’t know what to say.

  8. The head line, made me to read this article” why I board a train with ordinary Citizens” I was reading with anger to say who is ordinary, as for me am not ordinary, but when I read it I said ok. She is not the one that called people ordinary. God bless you

  9. God bles ya MERCY ah lav ya personality! Datz y u’l alwyz b luved n respected**kip ith up dearie n God bless ya HOME**one luv**

  10. my dear for this reason God will left you up above you mates and crown you with much blessings in you marriage.

  11. tnk u ….Mercy ..in d site of God we are all equall it dose not matter weda u are rich or poor…..u are d best … we love u frm Agbor, Delta State.


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