Sometimes, people stray in life and do certain things without giving a thought about what the future implication but end up with regrets as time unfolds.
True to what they represent, Nigerian entertainment industry, Nollywood is full of drama although it gets so messy sometimes.
During a war of words over who is more superior than the other, Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh had berated her colleague Mercy Johnson sometime in 2013 and implied that her husband was not capable for allowing her to go back to her acting career barely four months after she had her first baby, Purity who she even referred to as a ‘Witch’ in one of her messages.
She shared a Tweet that read: Nollywood Brides marry horribly**#SHEBA#…When and if I give birth, God please provide me with a husband that can provide for us, not the one that would send me back to acting 2 months after I born to hustle.”
Loyal fans of Mercy who believed the sub was directed at her trooped to Tonto’s timeline and hurled all sorts of insults at her, but that didn’t make her sheath her sword as she dropped another Tweet that was even more hurtful than the former.
She wrote: Dam Lozt Her Name, U gonno Uze mii az A come back. Naaahhh go nurse Ur Witch Dam** #Stayblessed.”
The crux of the whole drama is that she was single at the time, but she may have learnt her lessons after her prayers were answered and she possibly understood life better.
Tonto officially sealed her marriage deal with her man, Oladunni Churchill although the 17-month old union appears to be having some serious shake in recent times as the couple is already sparking divorce rumours after her husband allegedly cheated with his Personal Assistant and Tonto removed his name from her Instagram account.
After having her son, King, Tonto embraced the responsibilities of motherhood and obviously realized that life is not as sweet as it appears in the movies.
She apparently understood the struggles of other mothers and went down memory lane to realize how her words must have hurt Mercy so badly.
Besides, Mercy Johnson’s maturity level through the whole drama may have haunted Tonto enough and she decided to wake fans up in the wee hours of today, January 13, 2017 with an emotional apology post on her Instagram.
Here is what she wrote: “Good morning world Since I have your undivided attention I better make good use of it and not miss the blessing in this lesson!!!
@mercyjohsonokojie Ever since I had my baby I have been reminded constantly about an ill statement I made about one of your kids a very long time ago.I want to use this media to say I am so sorry,I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart.I had no right to say what I did,I totally disgraced myself with that.
As a mom I do realize a lot of things I take in because of the love of my son and I know you only took my insult because of that same love..
I am sorry MJ,I am sorry to your lil’ girl or boy..
We don’t have to love each other to realize when we are/went wrong
I have/had no excuse for my behaviour and I also apologize to the fans I hurt/Let down with my words that day many years ago ..To Err is human but to forgive is divine!!!
Am not trying to be the better person,You deserve this apology for your Child for the Love I have for God..I found God and everything in my life changed,Let me tell you about him sometime..
God bless you and yours!!! Happy new year…
Take your time with the process of forgiving my ill mannered words to your infant but pls eventually do!!
#2017 Amending All my Wrongs
#2017my year of positivity #Long over due apology #MAMAKING”
Mercy Johnson has always been that emotional person in the movies but her reaction to the message may have sold her out further as being emotional even behind the cameras.
From her reply to the post, Mercy’s emotions were so visible and has endeared her even more to her fans.
See what she had to say:
“@tontolet am shaking and in tears as I read your post. I have learnt the more this morning that the holyspirit is true,cus by him you were in my prayers last night and this morning.am in shock.
I always heard of what an Angel you are. Please,I forgave you immediately King came because I knew that u would have understood how it hurt me.
I Love you and I am short of words now but thank you and trust me I wish so much happiness and peace.am already hugging you so tightly. it is well and Purity is Blowing you a kiss too.
My God Will Bless You and Keep you Ahead always. MAMAPURITY”
We could actually learn some embedded lessons from the drama as well as Tonto’s apology post which is applicable to many life’s situations.
Despite the depth of insults, Tonto saw the need to tender an apology four years and on her part, Mercy accepted the apology and upheld the saying that “to err is human, but to forgive is divine.”
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