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It takes a lot of guts for anyone to admit they were wrong especially doing it publicly. Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, seems to have eliminated all the ego in her based on her most recent post about Mercy Johnson.
Talking about how their friendship turned sour, the 33-year-old actress stated in a post shared on Instagram that she has always been envious of Mercy and thought she was a better actress than her. She revealed that it was what sparked her bad attitude towards Johnson in the past.
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Tonto Dikeh who in 2013 mocked Mercy Johnson after she gave birth to her first daughter Purity in the US and returned back to Nigeria 4 months later to continue with her acting career. Tonto called Mercy all sorts of names, claiming Mercy’s hubby must have pushed her to start acting immediately because they were broke.
Tonto, on her Twitter page @TONTOLET, tweeted “Nollywood Bridez marry horribly** #SHEBA#…Wen n if I give birth, God plz provide mii wit a husband dat can provide 4uz, Not 1 dat wld send mii bck to actin 2monthz after I born 2Huzzle.’
Tonto was lambasted by many who believed the tweet was referring to Mercy Johnson.
Although in her response to internet trolls, Tonto denied claims she was referring to Mercy Johnson.
She wrote: “Every1 who comes to ma tl to Rant Abt ur FOOL MJ is a bigger baztard Dan SHE is coz I never cald no Bitch’z Name**F*ck U**
“Bitch Lozt her Name, U gonno Uze mii az A come back???Naaahhhhh go Nurze Ur Witch Bitch** #StayBlessed.”
But Mercy, in a delayed reply, responded: “It was a friend who called to tell me a colleague in Nollywood is questioning my decision to go back to acting soon. I only asked her a question, I said: ‘Did the actress mention my name?’ she said no.
“But my fans are insinuating that she was talking about me, so they fired back at her with insult and all. I am a moving train by the special grace of God in heaven. I will continue to do good for myself and my fans who have stood by me all these years.
“I have no beef with nobody. I am a cool person and I hate and fear troubles. I always pray for those that wish for my downfall.”
Many years after and Tonto Dikeh decided to apologize in a tweet to her colleague
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!!!
“@mercyjohnsonokojie 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. #2017 my year of positivity #Long overdue apology,” Tonto tweeted.
In a swift response, the ‘Dumebi the dirty girl’ thespian said, “I forgave you immediately you had your son.
She wrote on her Instagram page: @mercyjohnsonokojie: “@tontolet am shaking and in tears as I read your post. I have learnt the more this morning that the holy spirit 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.
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“My God Will Bless You and Keep you Ahead always. MAMAPURITY,” she added.
However, all that is over now as she has realized that being one’s self instead of wanting to be someone else is the best way to live. Tonto’s post is making waves online and many fans have shown admiration for her confidence and peace-making spirit.