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Top Nollywood Film Stars – Mercy Johnson

Are you an avid Nollywood movie buff? Then Mercy Johnson will be a familiar name! But, just in case you have been hiding under a rock, we have a few interesting facts about this charming actress, from her humble beginnings to her fascinating rise to super-star status.

Birth & Age

Mercy Johnson Okojie was born on August 28th, 1984, which makes her a Virgo. She will be turning 35 on her birthday this year.


Did you know that according to the Chinese Horoscope, Mercy Johnson was born in The Year of the Rat?

Mother & Father

Her father, Daniel Johnson, was a military man. Her mother, Elizabeth Johnson, sadly passed on in May 2018.


She is the middle child of a large family of seven children and has three older sisters and three younger brothers.


Did you know that her siblings avoid the spotlight and the actress does her best to protect their privacy?

Early Years

She was born Mercy Johnson Ozioma, although some people refer to her as MJ for short. The family struggled financially. Mercy worked from a young age and was even a house cleaner.  To support the family she attended an audition started in 2003, and as they say, the rest is history.

Husband & Wedding

Mercy wed her husband, Prince Odianosen Okojie (known as Odi), on 27 August 2011. Their wedding ceremony was a grand occasion attended by many dignitaries, top government officials, and Nollywood stars.


All 3 her children were born in the United States of America:

  • The first, Purity Ozioma, on 30 December 2012,
  • Her second child, a baby boy Henry Okojie was delivered on 15 October 2014, and
  • The third child, a baby girl named Angel, was delivered on 11 December 2015.


Did you know that she has been criticized in the media for being pregnant without breaks? Mercy defended herself saying she really wanted to be a mother and that it was a mature decision which made her happy.

Net Worth

One of the highest paid actresses in Nollywood today, she has an estimated net worth of N600 million. She also has numerous endorsement deals, ensuring millions of Naira in income.


Did you know that she is a Senior Special Assistant to the Kogi State Governor in her home state?

Personal Life

Unlike many famous movie stars, Mercy does not share too much of her personal life and she doesn’t show off their riches on social media. However, we do know that she lives with her family in a large duplex in Thomas Estate, Ajah, Lagos, and she has several cars. Their house boasts a terrace, bar, gym, swimming pool, and six bedrooms. Mmmmm, with all that extra space available perhaps it is time to try for another baby?


Did you know that her husband gifted her with a luxury car for the birth of each of their first two children?


This accomplished actress has several awards under her belt, including:

  • In 2009 she received the Africa Movie Academy Award as Best Actress in a Supporting Role and the Best of Nollywood Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film “Live to Remember”.
  • In 2012 she received the Nollywood Movies Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the film “Weeping Soul”.
  • In 2013 she received the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for the film “Dumebi the Dirty Girl”.
  • In 2014 she received the Nollywood Movies Award for Popular Choice-Female.


Mercy founded her own charity, which helps young children and widows who have a low income. The charity is called the Mercy Johnson foundation.


Mercy made her acting debut in the movie, “The Maid”, with a performance that shot her into the limelight. Some of her well- known roles include “Thy Will Be Done” (2015), “From Freetown TL” (2016), and “30 Days in Atlanta” (2014).


Did you know that she was banned from acting in Nollywood movies? In November 2013 Nollywood film marketers prohibited producers from hiring her because of her high pay demands.

It is said that Mercy Johnson has appeared in over 400 movies, some of which you can catch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu:

Mad Couple

Year          : 2014
Genre       : Drama
Director    : Tchidi Chikere
Starring    : Uche Ebere, Uche Ebere Agu, Uche Odoputa, Nuella Njubigbo, Mercy Johnson, Ruth Kadiri
Synopsis: A pregnant and uneducated girl grows dangerously resentful when her best friend gets the opportunity to leave their small village and study medicine.

Mad Couple 2

Year          : 2014
Director    : Tchidi Chikere
Starring    : Uche Odoputa, Nuella Njubigbo, Mercy Johnson
Synopsis : Distraught over her best friend’s decision to leave their village and become a doctor, a pregnant girl commits a shocking act.

Queen Of Passion 1 & 2

Genres     : Action, Drama
Director    : BSMG/CREW
Starring    : Jim Lyke, Yemi Blaq, Mercy Johnson, Chika Ike
Synopsis : Just when Rose thinks all hope is lost, she and her sister have nowhere else to go. Rose gets hit by a pilot, Mike, who takes her as his responsibility, but just then Murphy, who was her lover and the cause of her pains, comes back. She is left with the choice to either go with Murphy or remain with Mike.

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We are sure that Mercy Johnson’s journey to stardom is far from over, and cannot wait to see what role she will be tackling next, be it in a new Nigerian movie online or be it as mother-to-be (remember the 6-bedroomed townhouse?), entrepreneur or doyenne of charity.

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