Friday, November 16, 2012

MY ADVICE TO MERCY JOHNSON 2013


My Message to Mercy Johnson
Mercy I know you are here in the "A" (my neck of the woods) getting ready to birth (I wish you safe delivery to that bundle of joy), but before this year (2012) end i want to give you word of advice, because i truly love your acting (as i always have since you first appeared in "The Maid" many many years ago).
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Mercy Johnson for the love of God - you are now very experienced in this industry, upgrade your self from all these mediocre and rubbish scripts and say "yes" to some quality scripts like Genevieve and Omotola are doing. Even some other good actresses who entered the industry "after you" such as Nse Ikpe Etim, Omoni Oboli etc are playing in better scripts - worth international recognition. 
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No denying you are one of the very few "great actresses" we have and I so yearn for you to soar high, but How long will you keep saying yes to just any top dick & harry who presents you a script even when the story-line, the production and the direction are completely crap. I mean take this movie - Wave of Glory which i just finished watching - it was absolutely crap and waste of my precious time and lawd knows i hate to waste my time watching movies which are not classics. I love quality and "Classic" movies where i can proudly put in my video library and watch again and again - a movie worth my money.
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I just don't understand why till this day, you confidently are able to accept such roles.  I mean how many times are you going to play in such tired ass roles: Example "A role playing a prostitute (aka "runs) - alhaji this, chief that"; "Playing in Royalty Theme movies" (this nollywood theme movies is so played out like a "A" track); "A role playing campus babe", i mean all these predictable movie roles/scripts. 
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Read this thread i wrote on my description of CRAP MOVIES - click here.  
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I mean I even love love love you in comedic roles, but i still want to see you in more challenging and better / quality movies in 2013 and beyond. I personally feel you have more great talent in you, one we have not seen yet, yet no producer/director has tapped into that yet cos they do not know how? LOL
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Please leave those type of mediocre and unchallenged roles to these up and comers who will do anything to get a camera shot and brand themselves "actresses". These newbies in the industry are still "struggling" to climb up, ,have an excuse to play in such roles, cos "either or" they are not that good anyway, and still wet behind the ears, and they have to pay their bills somehow. However with with you Mercy, I would imagine, that by now and with the longevity you have had, playing in hundreds of roles, that by now you are in a good financial space to say "yes" to just 3 "QUALITY" movies per year, than say yes to 10 CRAP movies in a year. 
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Some of us audience after 12 years or so watching African movies, now demand quality scripted movies. I simply like to tell it like it is, so if the movie is simply average and not that good, I refuse to get blinded by the facts or sugar coat it just cos i admire ur beauty.  
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After 20yrs plus since African movies begun, we are now extremely tired of all these mediocre movies they keep pumping in the market every 72 hrs, and for such great actresses such as your self, we ask that if these producers are not willing to improve, that you please make some decisions and improve on your choice on whom you work with (producer/director/scripts).
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Yes! you are most definitely a great & versatile actress and i will never take it away from you (you remain in my top 5 actors), but you being that great an actress acting in that crap  nonsensical "no head/no tail" type scripted movie doesn't make you shine and you can only hold up but so much if everybody else in the movie is just blah and not that great. 
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Yes i know, that our very few best in Africa movie industry (as i have said on this blog many a times) - hit a glass ceiling, whereby their talents have increased yet our local producers/directors cannot challenge them enough (eg Genevieve, Majid, you etc). That is where you are now. You have hit a glass ceiling with these mediocre producers/script writers and directors, so you need to find good management to sort something way better for you. You need to sort out for a role and movie, that is worthy of an international film festival nomination/win. These local champion movies have run their course.
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Children are a blessing, and I am happy for you that you are getting ready to deliver. May this baby help you to take time off as a new mom as you nurse, but also to really ponder on where you want to take your career as we enter 2013 and beyond.  

Start making good decisions when it comes to your choice of scripts (choose quality not quantity). Sort out for better scripts/roles (whether it in nollywood or outside nollywood); Choose to work with nothing but the best and reputable producers/directors/scriptwriter with impressive CV/Resume; Sort out some great endorsement deals; Get some new management to revamp your brand and also create a spanky new website (although the ideal website address for you is now taken on my some gossiping blog)  etc etc. 
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I know it is easier said than done, but you are already on your way and  Above all pray that God will favour you to get great roles.
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I want to see you working with the likes of Izu Ojukwu and some of the other few top/notch best in Africa who respect and appreciate giving the audience great quality level movies. 
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At this stage you are way overdue to being highly selective with your choice of roles you accept to play in. Dont let this millions of naira by these "yeryer local champion money miss road producers" make you mess up your CV/Resume - you are way too good to waste your talent like that. They are thinking of "quantity" and how to make 100 crap movies per year and get return on investment even if the movie is not worth watching twice. 
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You should be thinking of nothing but "QUALITY" movies from here on. You have earned your keep. Get it together.  
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I just Tell It Like It Is and I want the best for you so please in 2013, let this be part of your new year resolution and do better and choose better scripts. Also I know apart from getting ready to deliver you also recently shot a movie here in the "A" (welcome to A town down). Good luck and wish you well.
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3 comments:

Seun Adeniyi said...

YOU BETTER PREACH!!!!!!!! MJ IS MY BEST ACTRESS AFTER OMOTOLA INFACT I SEE HER AS D FUTURE OF NOLLYWOOD IF ONLY SHE COULD LEAVE THESE ENUGU MOVIES. BUT OMON NEVER CAME AFTER MJ O SHE ONLY MADE A COMEBACK AND NSE ONLY GOT TO DO CINEMA MOVIES DUE TO EMEM ISONG.OMOTOLA ND GENNY RE D ONLY ONES DAT GET CINEMA MOVIES WHILE D REST ONLY GET TO ACT CINEMA MOVIES UNLESS DEY PORDUCE/CO PRODUCE IT E.G INI EDO,MONALISA,FUNKE ND UCHE JUMBO. I NEED MJ IN D CINEMA MEHN SHE IS TOO GOOD TO BE TAGGED ALONGSIDE TONTO FAKE PHONESTICS DIKE. MJ IS DA FUTURE ND NEEDS TO START HAVN CLASS IN HER MOIES EVEN F IT EUGU ATLEAST WITH CLASS NT DANIELLA OR ANY RHUBBISH MOVIE TITLE. I THINK MJ NEEDS GOOD PR GURU MEHN I LUV HER ND SHE IS MEANT TO BE THEE. MJ HAS TO GOT TO D CINEMAS EVEN IF IT MEANS PRODUCE HER OWN MOVIES, SHE IS TOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOD ND SHLD BE A BOX OFFICE STAR!! SHE HAS ALREADY GARNERED ENUF FANS ND POPULARITY FRM ENUGU ASABA ND WILL GET ANY BOX OFFICE HIT. I JST TINK MJ IS NT INTO NOLLYWOOD FOR D FAME OR TO BE A CELEB SHE JST WANTS TO BE COMFORTABLE ND GET HER MONI

ikoko lucky said...

Nice but if mj should be very selective like u put it hmm many people will leave and stop watching nigeria movie. Soi will kindly put that we should allow her to still be doing her stuff before her enemise will took to twitter again like they did not long she went to location

czone cbaby said...

It's not everyone that can shine in cinema movies

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