#NECLive8: Mercy Eke takes stance on quality over quantity.
Mercy Eke, the winner of BBNaija Season 4, spoke on utilising fame to create value and sustainable businesses. Speaking at the 8th edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NECLive8) oN Sunday, April 25, 2021. The 27-year-old mentioned that she remains in the spotlight because she gives value to her fans, who in return reward her with fame.
Bolanle Olukanni, media personality, and host of #NECLive8 host; and Mercy Eke, the winner of BBNaija Season 4, and #NECLive8 speaker during the conference.
“Being famous and having fans is a two-way thing. You have to know how to balance them”, Mercy said. “It’s a ‘give and take’ situation. You have to have what to give for you to receive. A lot of people just want to be famous, and they don’t have any direction. You have to have something to give your fans before they give you fame in return. I could have come out of the house and relaxed or taken trips. But I came out, and I worked. I am famous because I worked on myself. I want to be somebody. I want to be this person that I don’t even know, but it haunts me and keeps me awake at night.”
Bolanle Olukanni, media personality, and host of #NECLive8 host; and Mercy Eke, the winner of BBNaija Season 4, and laughing during the show
Mercy also spoke on how she kept busy and constantly working to create valuable businesses, which her fans see and support her in turn.
“The fans come in when you put out something. Look at my business; I’m selling what people can invest in. It is my fans and other people that invest in it. I have people that tell me, ‘Oh Mercy, what are you doing? You’ve not put out something. It’s been two months. What are you doing?’ And each time I put out something, you see my fans. They all want to support my business. They are not saying, ‘Oh, we’re giving her 1,000 Naira every day.’ They are not doing that. They are eager to support my business, and that’s because I’m putting out something for them to support.” she added.
Other speakers were founder, Future Africa, Iyin Aboyeji; Nollywood superstar, Dakore Egbuson-Akande; entrepreneur and founder, Temple Management Company, Idris Olorunnimbe; Big Cabal CEO, Tomiwa Aladekomo; and accomplished comedian, Bovi Ugboma. The conference was hosted by media personality and producer, Bolanle Olukanni.
NECLive8 was organised by ID Africa in partnership with Huce Valeris, AV Edge, 7even Interactive, HipTV, Megalectrics, EDS, Big Cabal Media, Livespot, and BHM, with sponsorship support from Nigerian Breweries and MultiChoice.
Watch the full #NECLive8 conference here.