Mercy Johnson Okojie: From The Maid to Government House

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Eric Elezuo

Mercy Johnson Okojie was born in Lagos on August 28, 1984. She hails from Okene in Kogi State. Her father is a former naval officer, Mr. Daniel Johnson while her mother is known Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson. She is the fourth child in a family of seven.

Mercy started her primary education in Calabar where naval officer-father was serving then. Later, when he was transferred to Lagos, she continued her education at the Nigerian Navy Primary School.

She went to Rivers State Secondary School for her secondary education in addition to the Nigerian Navy Secondary School in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. She actually moved a lot owing her father’s regular movement.

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Better known for her enterprising skills, heavily endowed upper region and excellent figure, Mercy right after her secondary education auditioned for a role in The Maid, a movie that was to launch her into stardom. Her outstanding performance in that movie paved the way for her into getting more roles in movies such as Hustlers, Baby Oku in America, War in the Palace, and many more. She is now one of the most sought-after Nollywood actresses, directors and producers.

Not a novice to awards, Mercy Johnson won the Best Actress award at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards in 2013 for role in the comedy movie “Dumebi the dirty girl”. By December 2013, she was listed as Google’s Most Searched Nollywood Celebrity, a position she also held in 2012. Mercy Johnson earlier on in 2009 had also won an award for best supporting actress at the African Movie Award show.

Mercy once revealed she got into the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) because she failed her Jamb exam. She has appeared in over 60 movies.

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Mercy revealed that growing up was tough, and she had difficulties paying her school fees most times. She also stated that she worked as a housemaid to survive.

She is married to Prince Odianosen Okojie, who she wedded in 2011, and they have three beloved children.

Recently, Mercy Johnson Okojie, was appointed as the Senior Special Assistant to the Kogi State Government on Entertainment, Arts and Culture, a position she had acknowledged as a privilege, adding that she would use the experience she had gathered over the years to serve the state.

She said, “I am gratified with the official notification reaching me on my Appointment as the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Kogi State on Entertainment, Arts and Culture.

“I am humbled, as I duly acknowledge this attending responsibility to serve my great state with the modest experience I have gathered over the years.

“With depth of gratitude, I want to thank the Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and his wife, the first lady of Kogi State Her Excellency Mrs. Rashida Bello, for this unparalleled opportunity to serve.

“My endless gratitude goes to my husband, Prince Odianosen Okojie, for giving me his consent, knowing fully the sacrifices and adaptations he will have to put up with.

“To all my family, friends, colleagues and fans, thank you for all your prayers and well wishes. I am eternally grateful to Almighty God, to him be all the glory.”

The appointment takes effect from April 1, the statement said.

With the appointment, Mercy has joined a list Nollywood practitioners, who had joined the political train through elections or appointments. Some of them include Richard Mofe Damijo, Desmond Elliot, Tony One Week, Nkiru Sylvanus among others.

 

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