Mercy Johnson Okojie is a Nigerian Actress. Commonly known as Mercy Johnson or MJ, 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, has appeared in many movies.
Mercy Johnson Biography
The actress was born on August 28, 1984, in Lagos, to a former naval officer, Mr Daniel Johnson and mother Elizabeth Johnson. Originally hails from Okene, Kogi State Mercy Johnson grew up in a family of 7 children. As the fourth child, she has 3 older sisters and 3 younger brothers.
MJ spent her childhood in various barracks with her father who was constantly being transferred due to his job as military personnel. As one who has attained a certain level of success in life, MJ had a tough upbringing.
Mercy Johnson has dropped out of school several times for financial reasons. On various occasions, she hawked drinking water and other food items and has served as a housemaid to help make earns meet.
There were difficulties in paying for her school fees and speaking of school, she started acting because she failed the University entrance examination.
Mercy Johnson’s first movie was ‘The Maid,’ a role she auditioned for shortly after her secondary school. Her excellent performance in the movie launched her into stardom and paved ways for a successful career in Nollywood.
MJ subsequently featured in other movies such as Hustlers, Baby Oku in America, War in the Palace, and later took home an award for Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 African Movie Award ceremony.
Over the years, the flamboyant actress has featured in over 150 movies. Her brilliant ability to act any role has made her the most favourite among fans and a well-sorted actress.
Achievements and Awards
With her hard work in acting, she has earned a number of awards. Aside from several nominations, Mercy Johnson has won the best actress for movie ‘Dumebi, The Dirty Girl’ at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards of 2013 held on March 9, 2013. The event was hosted at the Eko Hotel and suites. In 2012 and 2014, she took home Nollywood Movies Awards for the Best Leading Actress.
The Nollywood star founded the Mercy Johnson Foundation that is aimed at supporting children and widows who are less fortunate. On December 23, 2013, MJ donated livelihood materials to 5,000 Widows in Uromi, her husband’s hometown. The materials included foodstuff, blankets and Khangas.
Mercy Johnson 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 and co-Nollywood stars such as Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Richard Mofe Damijo, Emeka Ike, Ramsey Nouah, Nkem Owoh, Stella Damasus and Jim Iyke were prohibited from acting, for reportedly demanding outrageous pay raise per movie.
However, the ban was lifted by marketers/producers on the 9th of March, 2014, following an apology by the actress.
Mercy Johnson officially became Mrs Okojie in 2011, married to Prince Odianosen Okojie, popularly known as Odi. The grand wedding ceremony was held at Christ Embassy, Oregun, Ikeja, following the traditional marriage on 26th August at Iyana Iba Lagos. As expected many dignitaries including Nollywood stars and top government officials graced the occasion. MJ’s chief bridesmaid, Ghanaian star actress, Yvonne Nelson among other Ghanaian stars flew to Lagos specifically for the occasion.
Family Husband, Children
Mercy Johnson and her husband, Prince Odianosen Okojie have three kids, Purity Ozioma Okojie (December 2012), Henry Okojie (October 15, 2014) and Angel Okojie (December 11, 2016).
Meanwhile, Prince Odianosen was married to Lovely and they had 2 kids before the marriage crashed. Despite her husband’s first failed marriage, MJ continues to lead a peaceful happy life with Odi and their three kids and the actress has plans for baby number 4. She has voiced her stance on her life’s scale of preference which is, family first!
Earnings and Net Worth
The veteran actress is the 3rd richest actress in Nigeria with a net worth of about N600 million, charging between N1.8 million to N2 million per movie. Beside proceeds from her acting career, Johnson became the Senior Special Assistance to the Kogi State governor in 2017 and currently the brand ambassador of Mr Chef iodized salt.
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MJ’s lifestyle can be described as reserved but jovial, yet sophisticated and classy. As stylish as she is, when it comes to jewellery and accessories, MJ revealed she will never wear nose rings, adding that wrist watches will always be among her graceful adornment.
She has an impressive record of taking part in more than 170 movies. 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 Rita Dominic, 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.
Is She Dead?
The actress has been out of the spotlight for a long while now hence fans are speculating whether she is still alive. But the fact is that Mercy Johnson-Okojie is very much alive and nurturing her family, and focused on her service to the country as the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor of her very own state, Kogi State.