Mercy Johnson: dazzling Nigerian Nollywood star
Life is not a bed of roses and it has not always been an easy journey for Mercy. She recalls washing schoolmates’ clothes so that she could pay her brother’s school fees, torn and tattered uniforms and being the first suspect when something went missing because well, who else could take it? Growing up did not happen with a silver spoon and she has had to work hard to get where she is today. This is probably why she serves as an inspiration for millions of Africans today.
Mercy Johnson is one of the most popular actresses to ever come out of Africa. The delectable Nollywood screen diva who is from Okene in Kogi state, Nigeria shot to the limelight with her performance in the 2004 movie, “The Maid” in which she played the role of a possessed house help. However, acting was simply the silver lining in the cloud of a failed UME, an examination which is required to get into Nigerian universities.
The girl next door, as she likes to describe herself, is the fourth child in a family of seven and was born to an ex-military officer who proved to be the motivation and guiding light of her life. He trained her in her formative years and is the reason why she never gave up in the trying times.
She recalls being star struck and fidgety at seeing Eucharia Anunobi on the set of the The Maid, the movie in which she played the role and which launched her career. The gracious Eucharia realized this and helped put her at ease. The Maid went on to do well and Mercy went on from that time to do even better.
MJ is generally having a good time these days but there have bad times which consists now mainly of rumors and scandals. But she is thankful for everything she has and how far she has come. She got married in 2011 to the love of her life, Prince Odianosen Okojie and gave birth to a baby girl, who calls Purity, in December 2012. She won the best actress at Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2013 which held at the Eko Hotel and Suites.
A zero to hero story, Mercy Johnson remains one of the stars of the West African region that we will always love.