“Getting pregnant scares me + why I’m the most fashionable yoruba actress” – Mercy Aigbe

Aigbe-Gentry constantly stands out among her peers as a good dresser,
never drawing the eye of the high, scrutinizing fashion police on red
carpets across the country. 

In this interview with Encomium, she opened up on her fashion sense, marriage, joys
of motherhood and many more…
You have been applauded as one of the best dressed in Nollywood, how does it feel?

Of course, it would make me feel happy and good.  I just do my thing
and people took an interest in it and say I dress well.  One thing for
me is, I love to be very stylish. I feel you have to look the same way
you want to be addressed either in a negative or positive way.  You just
have to dress your age because as you get older, there are certain
dresses that you must not wear but one thing people don’t know is that,
you have to age gracefully and in that way, you become comfortable in
whatever you find yourself wear. I just love fashion and everybody
around me knows that and I also love taking pictures.  Some people think
it is vain but that is what makes me happy and makes me feel good.  I
think I have gotten to a certain age that I must do whatever makes me
look good.

What dictates what you wear?

It depends on my mood and the occasion.  Atimes I might just want to do the T-shirt and jeans just to look casual.

Who makes your designs?

I have a designer who is very good.  She is an indigenous designer
and goes by the name, House of Luminee.  Her name is Kofo.  She chooses
the style and makes all my clothes. I just hand over the material and
she always comes with breathtaking designs.  Her detailings are perfect.

How have you been able to keep your shape despite having two children?

I take very good care of myself by watching what I eat, exercise
every time I get the chance.  I usually go for a massage called ‘pin
rolling.’  It is painful though but I do it in order to keep fit and
when it comes to food, I consume mostly vegetables, fruits and water. 
Once I notice that I’m stressed, I take a time out to the spa for body
massage, facials and some other things that would make me look good.  I
thank God for blessing me with a good body.

It was alleged that you and your husband went to the registry recently, why did you do it secretly?

I just got married legally and it was not done secretly because if it
was a secret, people would not get any pictures.  They got pictures
from my Instagram, Twitter handle and my display pictures on
Blackberry.  So, it was not a secret.

Why did you wait till now before going to the registry?

I can decide to legalise my marriage anytime I want and that is what I
just did.  So, I do not see it as a big deal.  After all, we have done
the traditional wedding which is more important.

How are you enjoying the joys of motherhood?

I love being a mother that I don’t know how to describe the feeling.
It is something that every woman should experience – watching your
children grow, having that feeling that you have to protect them is an
awesome feeling.  At times when I look at my son and I see how fast he
has grown, I feel great.  When he does new things, it amazes me. I am
enjoying it and I thank God I’m a mother because it is a blessing.  I
feel my children are all I have got in this world.  I see them as my
world, they weight beyond all I have achieved.  I feel my children are
my life and my legacy.

What are the challenges you might have faced being a mother?

As a mother, I don’t think I have really faced any challenge.  The
only thing is that maybe when I have to spank them which is very normal
and expected, but I have not really faced a major challenge. 
Truthfully, the only thing that scares me is pregnancy because of all
the nine months, the swollen feet, you get very fat and all.
But when
the baby comes out, you forget all that you have passed through during
pregnancy and labour.  I am even enjoying it because as a mother, you
want to give your children the best in life and also instill some morals
that would make them be a better person.  To your children, it’s like
you are a ‘mini god.’

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