Many people have reacted to Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson-Okojie‘s train adventure with her daughter just two days ago and have made a big deal of it as many have speculated that the actress is either broke or has been “paid” to board the train to draw attention to the “air-conditioned” trains as they insist President Goodluck Jonathan‘s administration has attempted to use the railway system it revived after about 30 years of decay to score political points. Mercy Johnson has however cleared the air.
“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 masses 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.”
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Do you think Mercy Johnson‘s fans and her friend are taking this too far? After all, the train ride looks interesting from the photographs. Leave your comments.