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Open Letter: Dear Mercy Johnson, We Are Not Fools

So, in the wake of actress Mercy Johnson’s article on how down-to-earth she is, superstar or not, opinions were divided as to the true intent behind her altruistic write-up. A blogger friend of mine, Elsie Godwin, had a scathing letter to write in response to the article, one originally published on her site HERE. Check on it below and let us know what you think.


This Mercy Johnson’s article titled “Why I Boarded The Train With The Ordinary People” is very, very annoying and quite disturbing to say the least.

The word “ordinary” is not my problem. Whether you see yourself as ordinary or not, that’s your well-priced business. I just hope a foot is added to your grave when you eventually die though.

What annoys me is how the political campaign team and the Nollywood actors have reduced us to something below idiots. Why do our leaders see us as fools though? When I saw her pictures on her IG page of her and her daughter in a train – trust me, I’m not that gullible – I didn’t think to applaud her for boarding a train. This is ‘fucken’ Nigeria, where the rich can’t take trains and commercial buses because it isn’t comfortable. Do I blame them? No! If I can’t drive, I take cabs too when I want maximum comfort. That’s just how it works here, well, till the systems are better.

So in my head, yeah, I felt the management paid her to join the train and encourage Nigerians on how safe it now is to use trains in Nigeria, which of course I wouldn’t mind trying out real soon, and I see no big deal in, she’s a brand and is worth every bit she earns. And then the next day, I turned on my TV to see her campaigning for GEJ and I was like, ‘Ok, it’s a political propaganda.’ I’m happy for Mercy’s bank figures at the moment.

Dear Mercy, you sealed the deal already. You reminded us that this administration revived railway. I agree. But why? Why insult us with such an article? Your media team, or whatever team working with you on this one, are the real fools here and not Nigerians. You all should stop feeding us with cheap articles. You want to play with our heads? Cool, that’s what politics and some part of life is all about, but please, be wise about it. Don’t use a level one mindset to try to convince a level ten mind. Stop this mediocrity. We are not fools. No one asked you if your Range Rover broke down or why you boarded a train. And for your friends who think you did something wrong, just whisper to them how much richer you got and tell them you will move your two children and husband into that same train again if you get a double of such alert.

Thank you.

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  1. It’s easy to say it’s a political agenda? But why aall the fuss? If it’s a political agenda, which I care less about, then turn you article and level ten mind to the source ate the top and not the puppet. You won’t get anything out.

  2. So that was a political propaganda.?
    Wow.. Just when I thought she was down to earth…
    *sigh* oh well…

  3. Hian!

    Even to take a train in naija has to come with political motivation ehkwa?
    Everything in Naija now is political motivated! Everything!

  4. Referring to her co-travellers as “ordinary” is patronizing, snobbish and down right disrespectful.

  5. Another writer writing nonsense. Am sure if they had asked you to do it for less you would. Carry your family (nuclear and extended) your BF’s (past and present) that’s if u are a babe sha. E de pain you cos no be your account the money enter. Okponu

    • Willi-willi, or whatever you’ve chosen to call yourself, everybody deserves to have an opinion and express it if it’s intelligent. This writer didn’t write nonsense, so you can like to pocket your bad mouth and zip it.

    • Walter, when will u include a ‘thumbs down’ icon? Or even ‘slap’?

  6. “The rich don’t board trains cos it isn’t comfortable”? That train get luxury chairs and AC ooo. What’s your definition of comfort please? The rich simply wouldn’t board train because of the typical Nigerian shitty mindset, which you obviously possess as well. Paying too much attention to non-issues. This writer is such an attention seeker! Tcheew!

  7. ^^ By the way Mercy Johnson was also a cheap attention seeker with that her unneeded epistle.

  8. When I first read the Mercy ordinary people article, my first thought was what an extremely pretentious and uninspiring write up. She should have just kept quiet. Yes you took a ride in a train. The IG pics are enough statement. She probably was being humble and all that shii and I’m being snarky…but it was just sooooooooo clumsily done

  9. Glad to see there are a good number of Nigerians who aren’t intellectually gullible infants. The moment I first saw mercy Johnson’s post it knew it was hogwash. Obvious by the excessive use of “reliable and efficient” in her wordings that it was a GEJ sponsored puppet show. And I was quite put off by her vanity, so eager to emphasise that she drives a “Range Rover Sport” (which she mentioned twice) and then labeling the non celebrity population as ordinary people, like she’s an exclusive limited range specie from God’s factory? Our stock of celebrities in naija are so saturated with vanity and mediocrity it’s no wonder most of our movies are still the same excruciating audiovisual dung piles they’ve been for decades. It is a pity that we are yet to have more than just a few Nollywood personalities with an IQ level beyond kindergarten stage. Just my two cents sha, no offence to Mercy J fans

  10. sister mercy Johnson, nawa for you. oh well, i guess all that ‘dumebi the dirty girl, dumebi goes to school. dumebi returns from school, dumebi the village school returnee, dumebi the tree climber, dumebi the palm wine tapper, dumebi the idiot’ has finally eaten away chunks of her brain. so sad. #RantingOver

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