Mercy-Johson

About Mercy

Mercy Johnson-Okojie was born in Lagos State, the fourth child of seven children to Mr Daniel Johnson, a retired naval officer and Mrs Elizabeth Johnson; she is a native of Okene in Kogi State.

Following her father’s transfer, Mercy relocated with her family to Calabar in Cross River state where she started her primary education. The family would later move back to Lagos state where she continued her primary education at the Nigerian Navy Primary School. She would later attend Rivers State Secondary School as well as the Nigerian Navy Secondary School in Port Harcourt, Rivers State for her secondary education.

Shortly after leaving secondary school, Mercy got her first break into Nollywood; she auditioned and secured the leading role in the movie, The Maid; even without previous experience or training, The Maid would serve as the breakthrough role for the young Mercy Johnson who had just turned 20, earning her rave reviews and offers for more starring roles. She would go ahead to star in various Nollywood productions such as Hustlers, Baby Oku in America, War in the Palace, and others.

After 5 years in the industry, Mercy Johnson received the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2009 African Movie Awards (AMAA). At the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, she would crown her efforts with the Best Actress going for her role in the comedy, ‘Dumebi the Dirty Girl.’ Mercy has also won other Best Actress Awards from the Nollywood Movies Awards and the Best of Nollywood Awards. She has over twenty awards and nominations.

In 2011, Mercy Johnson married the Uromi, Edo state born Prince Odianosen Okojie. She enrolled in the Lagos State University(LASU) later that year to study English Language.Their union produced three children; Purity Oebhajimente Okojie, Henry Ehizele Okojie and Angel Onosetale Okojie. Their love story and obvious devotion to each other continues to inspire her fans across Africa with every picture of the couple going viral on blogs and social media.

In 2017, she was appointed Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on entertainment, arts and culture to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. As part of her portfolio, the celebrated actress is holding a state-wide talent hunt to find the next crop of Nollywood stars from Kogi State.
Through her eponymously named not-for-profit, the Mercy Johnson Foundation, Mercy provides support to indigent Nigerians in the area of education.

Mercy has grown to be one of Nollywood’s most popular and loved actors; in 2011 and 2012 she emerged Nigeria’s most searched celebrity on Google and since then continues to maintain her status as one of the five biggest actresses out of Africa. She is followed by around 5 million fans across social media.

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GYB Press Release

MERCY JOHNSON LAUNCHES GYB TALENT HUNT IN KOGI STATE

In line with the ‘New Direction Agenda’ of His Excellency.Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on entertainment, arts and culture, Mercy Johnson- Okojie is organising the ‘GYB Talent Hunt’ for youths in the state. The talent hunt, which is aimed at discovering talented actors and actresses across Kogi State will help launch their careers in mainstream Nollywood.

Speaking on why she embarked on a talent hunt, Mercy Johnson-Okojie explained; “This is my way of giving back to the state that made me who I am. I have been incredibly blessed to have played my little part in the revolution that is Nollywood, it is now time that my brothers and sisters in Kogi state get the same opportunity.”

The search for Kogi state’s future Nollywood stars will commence on August 17 at the Civic Center in Okehi and continue on August 18 at the Idah Local Government hall, Idah. The team will be in Ayingba on August 19 at the Theater Arts Hall, Kogi State University, Ayingba. The search ends in Lokoja on August 21, at Riverton hotel.

Joining Mercy Johnson-Okojie on the judging panel are some of Nollywood’s most reputable acts including, Bimbo Akintola, Francis Duru, and movie director Frank Rajah.

The first prize winner will be taking home 250,000 naira and a lead role in the upcoming folklore movie ‘INIKPI’. The first runner up will receive 150,000 naira and a key feature in’ Inikpi’, while the second runner up will win 100,000 naira and a feature in ‘Inikpi’.

The upcoming movie ‘Inikpi’is a Kogi folklore that tells the story of an Igala princess ‘Inikpi’, who out of love for her father and her people, gave her life to save the Igala land from total annihilation in the hands of their enemy, the Bini Kingdom.