Birthday: August 28, 1984
Age: 36 Years, 36 Year Old Females
Sun Sign: Virgo
Also Known As: Mercy Johnson Okojie
Born in: Lagos
Famous as: Film actress
Spouse/Ex-: Prince Odianosen Okojie
father: Daniel Johnson
mother: Elizabeth Johnson
children: Purity Ozioma Okojie
Humanitarian Work: Founder of ‘Mercy Johnson Foundation’ to help impoverished children and widows
awards: Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress In Supporting Role
Princess Mercy Johnson Okojie is a beloved Nigerian actress. The Nollywood actress has starred in quite an impressively long list of films. Directors are always sending her scripts. It is even rumored that she receives scripts from American directors. Her kind-hearted nature and strong faith make her an excellent role model for young Nigerian girls. She is adored by many. She balances a strong acting career with a happy family life. She made headlines when she was seen with her daughter, Purity, riding the train in Lagos. The train is considered to be a means of transportation not suitable for the very rich. When she experienced car trouble, she didn’t think twice about hopping a train with the “ordinary people”. This is greatly due to her own humble beginnings right there in Lagos. When questioned, she simply said they are her people. She confessed she rather enjoyed getting close with the people who may not have had access to her, otherwise. This is not the only time she has found herself making headlines. She often times has found herself surrounded with a lot of controversy. Her life has been the topic of many rumors. Here are some other things you may not know about this adored star
Childhood & Early Life
Mercy Johnson was born on August 28, 1984 in Lagos, Nigeria. When she was 2 years old, her military father left her mother, and he took Mercy with to live with him.
She is the middle child of 7 children. She has 3 older sisters and 3 younger brothers. Growing up, she was very close with all of them.
She attended primary school in Calabar and Lagos, Secondary school in ‘Rivers State Secondary’ and ‘Nigerian Navy Secondary School’, both in Port Harcourt, River State. She failed her ‘University Matriculation Examination’ (UMF), which led her to embark on a career in acting.
She grew up poverty stricken. There were times that she skipped school to hawk drinking water amongst other wares in order to help support her family. She even worked as a maid at one time. At one time, her family shared a home with lizards living in an incomplete building with holes in the roof and no plaster on the walls or floor.
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After failing her university exam, Mercy Johnson asked a friend to help her get into the film industry. She says it took more than a year for her to get a call back.
In 2004, she began her career with the lead role in a film titled ‘The Maid’. For this role, she played a possessed housemaid. She went on to release three more movies that year.
She released a half a dozen movies in 2005. During the course of the following three years, she released almost one hundred movies.
In 2009, when she realized that things were becoming serious with Prince Odi, she stopped accepting romantic roles. He was uncomfortable with them, and she was so in love with him that she did not hesitate to give them up. She also made a reduction in her number of nude scenes.
She has appeared in more than 150 movies to date. Many of which have been major hits in the box office. Though she plans on starring in many more, since 2009 she has only released a handful of movies.
In November of 2013, she was banned from acting in Nollywood after film directors decided that her demands had become too high, and she was too pricey. The ban was lifted in May, the following year.
Her most recent film is ‘Thy Will Be Done’, which was released in February 2015.
After landing the leading role in her first film, Mercy Johnson rose to stardom at a rapid rate. She is one of the most sought after actresses in Nollywood.
Awards & Achievements
In 2009 she won the ‘African Film Award for Best Supporting Actress’.
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In 2013, she won Best Actress at the ‘Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards’ for her role in ‘Dumebi the Dirty Girl’.
Personal Life & Legacy
Mercy Johnson was married to her husband Edo Prince husband, Prince Odianosen Okojie in her family home in a traditional Edo ceremony dressed in symbolic garments. The ceremony was performed at her family home in Oke Adan, Gospel Village, Iyano, Isashi, Okoko, Lagos State on August 27, 2011.
She wed Prince Odi amidst scandal when a woman, Lovely Okojie, came forward insisting that he was still married to her. Prince Odi maintained that they were never legally married, but rather his parents had represented him in a traditional ceremony so that his children could be recognized as legitimate.
She gave birth to a daughter, Purity Ozioma Okojie, at an undisclosed hospital in the United States on December 30, 2012. The name Purity was given to her by her father. He says he chose her name because of his wife’s wonderful qualities.
Their son, Henry Ozioma Okojie, was born on October 15, 2014. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
She founded the ‘Mercy Johnson Foundation’ to help impoverished children and widows. She herself donates to the fund regularly.
Mercy Johnson is one of the highest paid actresses in Nigeria. She grosses between 1.8 and 2 million Naira per film, amassing a net worth of approximately 55 million Naira.
This famous personality collects wrist watches. She says she loves them and is never without one.
Her husband does not watch her movies. He prefers to watch the news, and when time allows will also enjoy watching soccer