Michelle Gentry Aigbe is a Nigerian entrepreneur, brand influencer, and model who is better known as the first daughter of Mercy Aigbe, an award-winning Yoruba actress.
Her mother’s career has brightly stood out from the tons of other actresses in the indigenous Yoruba genre, making her one of the most talked-about celebrities in Nigeria. Because of the nature of her career, Mercy Aigbe’s fame has rubbed off on people close to her, especially her daughter.
Michelle has not exactly followed in her mother’s screen-diva footsteps, but she is definitely a paparazzi favorite. She has modeled extensively for many companies, as well as influenced top Nigerian brands on her enviable Instagram platform. The young lady has also capitalized off her mother’s fame and has gone on to build a notable makeup brand, making a name for herself in the beauty industry as well.
How Old is Mercy Aigbe’s Daughter?
Michelle Aigbe is currently 22 years old. The young fashionista was born to her actress mother, and car dealer father on July 11 2001 in Lagos, Nigeria. Her mother’s name is Mercy Aigbe, a famous Nollywood actress known for her controversial lifestyle. Her father Lanre Gentry, on the other hand, has a zero online presence and is a businessman by profession.
Young Michelle is of Yoruba descent, and her people are mostly located in the Western part of Nigeria. Michelle Aigbe isn’t the only child of her famous mother; she has a younger brother named Juwon. She lived and studied at an unnamed private secondary school in Lagos, before moving to Canada to study Aeronautics at Manitoba University.
Prior to her college admission, Michelle was raised solely by her mother, as her parents divorced in 2017 when she was only six years old. The news of Michelle’s mother’s divorce rocked the entertainment news circuits, and she and her brother found themselves thrust unduly into the spotlight. Luckily for her, all the negative attention did nothing to dim her happiness, as she is already accomplished by many standards.
Who is Michelle Aigbe’s Father?
As we have stated earlier, Michelle’s father is a Lagos-based businessman named Lanre Gentry. He is the CEO of the car dealership company, Lanre Gents, a company that deals in the importation and selling of foreign-used cars in the country.
Lanre, who is originally a native of Ondo State, is an alumnus of the University of Benin from where he obtained a degree in Political Science/Education. His car business was created in 1989, and since then, he has expanded his entrepreneurship portfolio to become a hotelier.
In spite of Lanre’s impressive achievements in the area of business, his relationship with his children–especially his daughter Michelle–leaves a lot to be desired. It has been reported that he relinquished full custody of the children to his ex-wife immediately after their divorce. Michelle, herself has grown up without the influence of her father, and there is no relationship between the two—not a good one at least.
These speculations seem to be true, considering the fact that not only does Michelle not talk about him, but there is also no trace of him on her socials, whereas her Instagram page is littered with pictures of her mother. We can only hope that father and daughter get to settle their differences with each other before it gets too late.
Michelle Aigbe’s Career Has Expanded By Leaps and Bounds
Being the daughter of a popular actress definitely helped Michelle to ease into the showbiz world. The 22-year-old is already making waves in the Nigerian fashion industry, thanks to her mother’s expert guidance. Since she was a little girl, Michelle had always wanted to become a model. Her mother was the one who encouraged her to pursue her dreams and today, she has modeled for many Nigerian fashion designers, cementing her reputation as one of the biggest second-generation celebrities in the country.
Michelle then went on to build a solid Instagram brand with the clout from her modeling career, and today her page boasts over 1 million followers already. The young woman has shown impressive business acumen by charging money to advertise certain brands on her page. It isn’t a secret that she makes very good money from this business.
On July 22, 2018, she started up a cosmetics product company called Michelle Beauty. The Nigerian Kylie Jenner, as she is fondly called, built a makeup company from scratch, when she was only 17 years old. Her Instagram page is usually lit up with pictures of her products which include a range of lip glosses, lipsticks, and other makeover accessories.
So far, the entrepreneur has been named as one of Nigeria’s top ten models and brand influencers at the moment.
Michelle Aigbe Awards and Achievements
There is no doubt that Michelle is an explosive combination of beauty and brains. The 22 year old has achieved a lot in two years that many people struggle to do for decades. To make it easier for you to catch up, here is a list of some of her most inspiring achievements:
- She successfully gathered over 1 million followers on Instagram before turning 20.
- She is a businesswoman who has several businesses under her belt; selling makeup, social media influencing, and modeling.
- At the age of 17, she became the CEO of Michelle Beauty, an internationally recognized makeup brand.
- In 2019, Michelle was recognized for her beauty products, as they were named the ‘Most Innovative Product of the Year’ at the Nigeria Achievers Awards.
- In 2019, she also won the Nigerian Teen Choice Awards in the category of ‘Choice Female Model’ for her work as a fashion model.
Michelle Aigbe Has Received Criticism for Her Work
In all fairness, Michelle Aigbe has generally not been exposed to much negativity as a result of her mother’s lifestyle. She has even benefitted massively, as her career mostly thrived as a result of her mother’s popularity. However, due to her line of work, Michelle experiences some backlash from the mostly conservative Nigerian crowd, mostly because of her dress style.
The most recent occurrence was in April 2022 when she was subjected to ridicule following some sultry photos shared on her page. Nonetheless, she has proven over and over again that she is more than capable of handling her business, and she doesn’t appear all that bothered about what people might think of her.