‘Why I Boarded The Train With ‘Ordinary People’ On March 2’ – Mercy Johnson

Published On: March 4, 2015, 1:58 pm
Author: CLARA JANCITA
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Press release explains why top actress Mercy Johnson boarded a train on March 2, 2015:
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.



-- olamilogy (m) at 4-03-2015 02:03PM
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dat friend of yours is crazy and stupid thank God for your experience and ur wisdom nobody is xtra ordinary we r all ordinary people
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-- beneno (m) at 4-03-2015 02:04PM
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Ordinary people ? what makes u different from them ?  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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-- echeeche (m) at 4-03-2015 02:06PM
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Are you not  human being or who are you self?
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-- beneno (m) at 4-03-2015 02:11PM
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that your friend and those people calling you to ask those dirty questions are crazy,Celebrity my foot  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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-- uprising (m) at 4-03-2015 02:13PM
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Thank you my sister don't mind them it pains me a lot seeing some people live like they are God refusing to acknowledge they are mortals that will eventually die why can't we live a simple and fulfilled live and help and associate with ur fellow human being
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-- thierry1 (m) at 4-03-2015 02:42PM
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95 % of Nigerians are tipical illiterates as they do not even know important or understand what train are met for..... Here in abroad minister president & important people in society board train everyday.....
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-- Ritabrenice (f) at 4-03-2015 02:46PM
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Ok
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-- Oyinminijoor (f) at 4-03-2015 02:48PM
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shit.
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-- Ken1230 (m) at 4-03-2015 02:52PM
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Dis girl is just a confused person. Who is telling you about being ordinary or not? Is only a fool that will believe that you are subhuman. Anyway, stop telling us about this your so called train because we all know that PDP paid you some Dollars.
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-- Ken1230 (m) at 4-03-2015 02:54PM
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Quote from: beneno on  4-03-2015 02:04PM
Ordinary people ? what makes u different from them ?  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

Sh now believes that she is somebody because she is acting home video. She is just a low life trying to belong
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-- HOPEA23 (f) at 4-03-2015 02:54PM
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Quote from: echeeche on  4-03-2015 02:06PM
Are you not  human being or who are you self?
are u directing this vomment to mercy or her friend..if na mercy I would suggest make u read the post again

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-- HOPEA23 (f) at 4-03-2015 02:56PM
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Can some pple gere just shut up and read the post before insulting mercy unnecessary. ...she wasnt the one who made that statement. .it was her useless god forsaking friend....

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-- victorstic1 (m) at 4-03-2015 02:56PM
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MERCY GIVE ME THE NAME OF THAT SO CALLED FRIEND OF URS AM SURE SHE IS THE ONE  CONTROLLING HER MAN AT HOME IF ONLY SHE HAS ONE, U DONT NEED ANY EXPLANATION FROM ANYBODY BY SAYING UR CAR DEVELOP FAULT  IS A BULL SHIT, U FEEL LIKE ENTERING PUBLIC TRANSPORT FULL STOP.
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-- osarobo62 (m) at 4-03-2015 03:08PM
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Quote from: Ken1230 on  4-03-2015 02:54PM
Sh now believes that she is somebody because she is acting home video. She is just a low life trying to belong
did you read the post at all Huh?
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-- steveoneal (m) at 4-03-2015 03:24PM
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May God keep blessing you for this mentality of yours.
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-- Mobbysmartins (m) at 4-03-2015 03:44PM
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Mercy Cheers.You are real and down to Earth,keep it up.For those of you insulting Mercy here,you better read the post or shut up.
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-- princeifeyco (m) at 4-03-2015 03:50PM
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Wonder when, nigerians r going to learn, human being calling his or her fellows ordinary ppl, may God 4give our mentality in Nigeria, prime ministers and president of the so call western world, u nigerians r worshipping today enter the same train with everyone, depending on the type of train u can afford.
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-- princeifeyco (m) at 4-03-2015 03:53PM
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Quote from: thierry1 on  4-03-2015 02:42PM
95 % of Nigerians are tipical illiterates as they do not even know important or understand what train are met for..... Here in abroad minister president & important people in society board train everyday.....
[/quote Don't mind those dump ass, dat doesn't know dere left n right.
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-- tunlade70 (m) at 4-03-2015 04:17PM
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"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?"

God bless you Mercy. I have always admired you and won't stop doing that. Those your friends calling the populace ordinary need their heads critically examined. What makes them more important than others. Ironically all of them have their roots from ghettos and slums and now feeling or forming big.
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