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Mercy Johnson Okojie – VIVA Movie Star of the Week

Mercy Johnson-Okojie is one of the most celebrated actresses in Nollywood, with a staying power that not many Nollywood actors or actresses can boast of!

The award winning talent first hit the big screen in 2004 and since then, has remained a relevant force in the industry.

Mercy Johnson Okojie

Here is a sneak peek into the Nollywood veteran that is Mercy Johnson-Okojie!

 

The Early Years

Young Mercy Johnson

From a young age, Mercy was exposed to different Nigerian cultures together with their accompanying sensibilities.

She was born in Lagos State to parents that hailed from Okene in Kogi State. The fourth of five children, she would later begin her primary school studies in Calabar, Cross River state from where she would again, move back to Lagos to continue her primary education.

Again she would move, this time to Port Harcourt in Rivers state where she would remain throughout her secondary education. Her father being a Naval Officer was often on transfer to different states, and this perhaps is the major reason for the country tour!

Such a background must have exposed her to the beauty of Nigeria’s diversity and this may have awoken the urge to get creative with her experiences.

No sooner had Mercy left Secondary, School, she auditioned for a role in The Maid and got her spot! That was the beginning of things to come!

 

Her Acting Career

Mercy Johnson in Live To Remember

After The Maid, Mercy went on to feature in a variety of many other movies including Into Temptation, Live To Remember, House Party, Lost to Lust, Painful World, One Bullet and many others.

Mercy’s ability to play a variety of roles soon made her a standout actress that would evolve to become one of those household names associated with Nollywood and beyond.

She became so renowned that in 2011 and 2012, she was the most searched Nigerian Celebrity on Google.

Her more recent forays into acting include the mega-hits, 30 Days In Atlanta (2014) and 10 Days In Sun City (2017) as well as Seven And a Half Dates (2018).

Still in the heat of starring in movies, Mercy plays a major role in the January 2020 release, ‘The Legend Of Inikpi’ in VIVA Cinemas from January 24.

That she is still active and relevant in the Nigeria movie industry after 16 years, gives a testament to her creative-prowess and talent.

 

Personal Life

Mercy Johnson Personal Life

Mercy is married to Prince Odianosen Okojie. The couple wedded in 2011 and have since been blessed with 3 children.

The couple is expecting their fourth child as Mercy has been spotted with her baby bump on several occasions including at the premier of ‘The Legend Of Inikpi’.

 

Awards

Mercy Johnson Wins ELOY Awards, 2018

Mercy’s thrilling career has featured a number of well deserved awards. Some of these include;

  • 5th Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Live To Remember, 2009)
  • Best of Nollywood Awards Best Supporting Actress (Live To Remember, 2009)
  • Nollywood Movies Awards for Best Actress In Leading Role (Weeping Soul, 2012)
  • Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for Best Actress in Comedy (Dumebi The Dirty Girl, 2013)
  • Nollywood Movies Awards for Popular Choice-Female (Herself, 2014)
  • City People Movie Award for Face of Nollywood [English] (2014)
  • ELOY Awards for Actress Of The Year (Seven And A Half Dates, 2018)

 

Catch Mercy Johnson Okojie as she delivers an audience-pleasing display in the January movie, The Legend Of Inikpi which hits VIVA Cinemas screens from January 24, 2020.

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