She was born on August 28, 1984 in Lagos, Nigeria. She hails from Kogi State Nigeria and was born to a family of 7 children of which she was the 4th child. Her father was a naval officer, Daniel Johnson and mother Elizabeth.
She did her primary education in Calabar and Lagos, ‘Nigerian Navy Secondary School’, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Mercy Johnson, we learnt failed her ‘University Matriculation Examination’ (UME), perhaps as a result of numerous engagements to meet up life which led her to embark on a career in acting.
Mercy Johnson, we also learnt was a drop-out from school owing to financial reasons. To sustain her life, she indulged in menial businesses like hawking of water and even served as a housemaid.
Her own humble beginning is seen by many as a demonstration of love to all irrespective of tribe, religion and status. She believes in equality of men whether rich or poor. Her poor background also may have been the reason for her brilliant roles in some movies drawing emotion from her fans.
The movie “The Maid” she auditioned after her secondary school actually brought her to limelight in the Nollywood industry. Her excellence performance fished her out and launched her into a successful career in Nollywood.
Mercy Johnson won the Best Supporting Actress in 2009 by African Movie Award Ceremony. Today, she has featured in about 200 movies. Her skills and talents in acting has made her loved by many fans as a well sorted actress both home and abroad.
- In 2009 she won the ‘African Film Award for Best Supporting Actress’.
- In 2013, she won Best Actress at the ‘Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards’ for her role in ‘Dumebi the Dirty Girl’.
Mercy Johnson within her short time in acting has achieved a lot. She set up Mercy Johnson Foundation, an achievement aimed at encouraging and supporting children and widows who are less fortunate and vulnerable in our society of today.
She also made a remarkable achievement in December, 2013 when she donated livelihood materials to about 5000 widows in Uromi, Edo State, her husband’s community. Such items like foodstuff, blankets etc. were given out free to demonstrate love which the bible enjoins us to share.
Mercy was one of the banned actresses in the Nollywood movies in 2013 for what the authority described as her asking for too much pay per movie which to them was not encouraging. Genevieve, Omotola, Nkem Owoh were victims of this ban. However, in 2014, the ban was lifted following an apology from the actress.
Mercy happily married to Prince Odianosen Okojie in 2011 and the wedding was well attended by many Nollywood actors and actresses within and outside Nigeria at the Christ Embassy, Oregun Lagos. The marriage is blessed with three children – Purity, Henry and Angel.
There is something remarkable about Mercy Johnson; her love for her husband. In 2009, when she realized that things were becoming serious and uncomfortable with husband, she stopped accepting romantic roles.
She even said that she would not hesitate to give them up for the sake of her husband. She also made a reduction in her accepting certain roles.
Her Net Worth
Mercy Johnson is one of the richest female actresses with a net worth of about N50,000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) and she is believed to charge as much as N1.5 million naira per movie. In addition, she is Senior Special Assistant to Kogi government and a brand Ambassador of Mr. Chef Iodized Salt.
We can rightly say Mercy Johnson is an epitome of greatness whose comparison can be liken to great Nollywood actresses like Rita Dominic, Monalisa, Genevieve and others who have excelled in movie industry and a role model that the young coming African girls can look up to for inspiration and motivation.