Mercy Isoyip, Descushiel

I May Go for A Surgery in the Future – Mercy Isoyip (Descushiel)

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Background

I had a playful childhood which I enjoyed thoroughly. I grew up in a peaceful and prayerful family. As children, our teacher made us feel teaching was a great profession; even better than medicine and law. So I wanted to become a teacher

Education

I had my elementary education at Command Children School, Calabar. From there, I went to Zenith High School, also in Calabar, for my secondary education. I bagged a Bachelor in Accounting from the University of Calabar. Then I moved to the United States to obtain a second degree in acting.

Music

I have always loved music. My dad was a disc jockey in his youthful days and he had a big turntable in the house, which he played a lot. At an early age, I started singing in the church choir. For the rap aspect of my music, I am really poetic. I write a lot; so, that led me to rap music. However, the main reason I started doing rap was because I wanted to be a voice for the people. I like talking about my environment, life issues and other important things. Basically, rap was like a safe haven for me. The first song I released was titled, Telegram, and it launched my career.

Parents’ reaction

My parents support my career. But at first, my reverend mother frowned on it. However, she later came around and is one of my biggest supporters now.

Repertoire

I have four mix tapes and two singles titled, Thirsty and Descushiel.

Movies

I used to act in school and church. I shot my first movie in Calabar but I started acting professionally in 2016 after I graduated from the New York Film Academy. Some of the movies I have featured in include Paige, Washerman, The Graduate, Neighbours, Once upon a Couple, among others.

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Roles

The most challenging role I’ve acted was in a TV series where I played the role of a street urchin. I had to speak pidgin English and behave like a local girl. If I am afforded the opportunity, I would love to play the role of a military woman.

Challenges

At the outset of my career, it was more of gender discrimination. Some thought I was joking because I am a female. Then, I also had limited finances. It takes a whole lot to promote music.

At a point, I had to sell my car and used my house rent to promote my song because I believed so much in my craft. I was so passionate and wanted to succeed against all odds

Breakthrough

I have done a lot; been on big stages in Nigeria and the US, but I feel I’m still an up and coming artiste trying to stamp my identity in the minds of people. I believe I’ll get there soon.

Lessons

It is important to believe in God, trust no man and be consistent. It is also very essential to nurture one’s talent and character, as those are the things that can take you to the top.

Current projects

I am currently promoting my new single, Descushiel. The video and audio are out there for downloads on major music websites.

Fame

I don’t consider myself very famous yet but if there is anything popularity has robbed me of, it has to be my freedom of being where I want to be at whatever time.

Passion

For acting, I love the fact that I can be any character I want to be and also the fact that I can tell people’s stories through my craft. I actually think it is fun how I go in and out of different characters.

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As for music, it’s the fact that I am able to be a voice for the people and I am being heard, being able to address societal problem as well as make people happy.

Role models

Ultimately, God and my mum are my role models. Also, I admire an American rapper called Tsu Surf. He inspires my rap.

Balance

I must say that it has been quite challenging. I simply arrange my schedule so that one doesn’t clash with the other.

Favourites

My favourite part of my body is my face though I may be open to doing plastic surgery in the future. I can never be caught wearing a bikini and my most prized material possession is a landed property.

Hobbies

I like watching movies, travelling and cooking. To relax, I love to go on vacation with my family.

Fashion

Simple, chic and classy.

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