Born on the 28th of August, 1984 in Lagos, Mercy Johnson Okojie is a Nigerian Actress. Commonly known as Mercy Johnson, she stands as one of the most, if not the most, controversial actresses in Nigeria. Both in her movies and real life, she is ever surrounded by all types of critics. She first came to limelight when she featured in the movie, The Maid, where she played a possessed Nanny role. Ever since, she has attracted multiple movie producers and evidently, she has appeared in many movies. These are the basic information that you could be informed about, but, do you know that there are other facts you didn’t know about Mercy Johnson?
She was born of a military father, Daniel Johnson, and has spent most of her lifetime with him, leaving her mother, Elizabeth Johnson, at the age of 2 to live with his father who was constantly being transferred due to work reasons.
She was a tomboy in her childhood, having 3 male siblings that he associated most with. She has 3 sisters who are her elders, making a family of 7 children, she is the fourth.
3. Growing Up
She had a tough upbringing that forced her to stop school in some occasions and hawk drinking water and other stuffs. She has also worked as a housemaid to help her make ends meet. There was difficulties in paying for her school fees, and speaking of school, she started acting because she failed her exams to join the university.
She got married in 2011 to Prince Odianosen Okojie, Popularly known as Odi. Odi is the former, ‘traditionally-married’ (Okojie claims that, but the former ‘wife’ claims that they were legally married) husband of Lovely Okojie who has 2 kids with him. Currently, Mercy Johnson also has two kids for him too, Baby Purity Ozioma Okojie who was born on December, 2012 and Baby Henry who was born on October 15, 2014.
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5. Earnings and Net Worth
She is the 5th richest actress in Nigeria with a net worth of about 55 million Naira. She is currently charges between 1.8 million to 2 million Naira per movie.
With her hard work in acting, she has earned a number of awards. She won the best actress for movie ‘Dumebi, The Dirty Girl’ at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards of 2013 held on Saturday, 9th of March in 2013. The event was hosted at the Eko Hotel and suites.
She was once banned from acting for being too expensive. On the 3rd of November, 2013, the movie marketers of Nollywood threatened to prohibit her from the industry due to her high demands. She reportedly demanded a pay raise for featuring in a movie. However, the ban was lifted by marketers/producers on the 9th of March, 2014, following an apology by the actress.
The accessory that she will never wear in her life is the nose ring, there are no particular reasons behind that though. On the other hand, wrist watches are the accessories that she will always wear in her entire life and she has a collection of 10 of them.
She founded the Mercy Johnson Foundation that is aimed at supporting Children and widows who are less fortunate. On the Monday of December 23rd, 2013, she donated livelihood materials to 5,000 widows in Uromi, her husband’s home area. The materials included foodstuff, blankets and Khangas.
She has an impressive record of more than 150 movies that she has taken part in. She is well known for her role in the movies, Weeping Soul (2011), Hand of Fate (2012), Brave Mind (2012) and Dumebi the Dirty Girl (2013). However controversial she might be, she is still a top class actress who has earned her sweat as deserved. She is obviously a Nigerian woman of class who can only be compared to the likes of Tonto Dike, Chioma Chukwuka, Rukky Sanda and Monalisa Chinda. These are some of the best role models that the young African girl child can look up to for inspiration and motivation in life.