From wild Nollywood starlet to top Nollywood actress, find out how Mercy Johnson transitioned into a super star celeb that we adore so much.
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For a Nollywood producer to be able to afford Mercy Johnson's service he would have to part away with seven figures of his hard earned cash. The reason is not far fetched- while many movie stars have moved over to the New Nollywood, Mercy Johnson still chooses to act in the old Nollywood that still believes in the 'home video' concept. The home video side of the industry still has more access to millions of viewers than the New Nollywood that focuses more on cinema-based viewership.
Over the last few years Mercy Johnson-Okojie has risen to become the darling of Nigeria. There is hardly any story about her that doesn't trend and these stories are mainly (if not all positive). That's a rarity these days.
Why do we all love Mercy Johnson? The reason is not far fetched. You can read them below;
First things first, Mercy Johnson is a bloody good actress. There is hardly any role she does not slay, a riff raff, seductress or a local girl thrown into the big city, Mercy Johnson can act these roles and deliver. In an era when some actresses are mere products of hype, Mercy Johnson is the real deal and the fact that she still acts in home videos makes her still accessible to the common folk who really don't go to the cinemas. Mercy Johnson also knows how to act 'earthly' roles (the house girl, the orphan etc) which connects her to that huge fan base of Nollywood lovers that love grass to grace roles.
Mercy Johnson has toned down a lot these days. Back when she was still a new actress in the game she was portrayed as one of the notorious and wild Nollywood starlets. Mercy Johnson used to rock the most revealing and eye popping clothes to public events, some of them teasing the line of indecency. Move to today and Mercy Johnson is not about that life anymore. "You know, you get wiser by the day. Sometimes when I look back at some old pictures, I’m like “Seriously, did I wear that?” I’ve learnt a lot since I got married and I know that if I had gotten married earlier, I wouldn’t have made most of the errors I made" she told Bella Naija in 2013.
Nigeria is such a family oriented nation and in an industry where the divorce rate is high Mercy Johnson stands out. Not only is she happily married but she also has three kids. This makes her look like a saint of some sorts to many Nigerians. A married woman with three kids in Nollywood is sort of rare. What makes her such a darling to Nigerians is the fact that her family life (taking care of three kids isn't easy) hasn't stopped her from acting. She hasn't gone on a long hiatus or totally disappeared from the movie scene, she is still picking up scripts and acting. To many Nigerians she is the ideal family woman- who can mix her career and family so well. "Motherhood is a choice u make everyday,to put another's happiness before ur own,Good morning lovelies" she recently wrote on Instagram.
After three kids Mercy Johnson is still as stunning as ever. She still has her sexy shape and hasn't gotten all fat. The way she loses the baby fat is nothing short of amazing. In January, 2016 Tiwa Savage couldn't help but gush at Mercy Johnson's post baby body. "post baby body on fleek e no easy o” wrote Tiwa Savage on Instagram. Mercy Johnson went on to thank Tiwa Savage for her compliment. Mercy Johnson still remains one of the hottest actresses in Nollywood.