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BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: The Wife, The Mom, The Actress! Nollywood Star Mercy Johnson gives BN her First Ever Exclusive Interview on Marriage & Motherhood

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mercy7Nollywood is a hub of great talents, one of which is the beautiful wife and mother of one, Mercy Johnson. Unlike many actors who get to play several minor roles before they get their first big break, Mercy’s first attempt at acting as a maid in the movie “The Maid” shot her into the limelight. Since then she has featured in over 50 movies and has won several awards including the Best Actress at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for her role in the movie “Dumebi The Dirty Girl”.
At the moment, Mercy is undoubtedly having the time of her life. She got married in August 2011 and in December 2012, gave birth to her daughter in the United States of America.  Even though its been almost two years since her wedding, Mercy still giggled and spoke about her husband with such fondness as a newlywed.
She recently moved into her new home at Ajah, Lagos and dedicated her baby, an event which attracted major buzz. It was fun chatting with the actress who has taken a break off acting and is enjoying herself just being a wife and mother for now. 

It’s great to see you Mercy. Let me start by saying that you have a beautiful home.
Thank you. It was a surprise from my husband, Odi. He didn’t tell me about it while we were in America and when I returned back to Nigeria, I thought we were going to our former house but he drove me straight here. And then he also gave me a new car with the plate number ‘Odi’s Wife’.

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The Mom
Aww, that’s so sweet. There’s been a lot of media attention surrounding the birth of your daughter and her recent dedication. How does this make you feel?
At a point, I actually felt the whole thing was over dramatized. I really appreciate the fact that some people wish me well and are happy for me which is why I share her picture on Twitter once in a while. On my Twitter page, more than 3000 people ask me about Purity every day. Sometimes I get overwhelmed but I’m grateful for the love and goodwill messages and I can only say thank you.

Purity is quite a unique name. What inspired her name?
When I asked my husband, he said “You. She reminds me so much of you.” He said I have a good heart and he’d really want her to have a good heart and clear conscience like me. And he’d wish for everything about her to be pure.

As a first time Mom, how has the experience been so far?
It’s magical, it’s awesome! I just can’t stop staring at her. When I was pregnant, my sister-in-law came to the house and when her son pooped I said “Oh my God, don’t let it touch my chair!” Then I was about six months gone and she just looked at me and said “In three months time, you will understand”. And really, it is true. Now when Purity poops, I begin to dance. Everything is special. I want to clean her up myself, dress her up myself. I just can’t explain, she makes me complete.

Has pregnancy and motherhood affected or changed you in any way?
Well, you can see, I’ve added so much weight. But aside from my physical appearance, having Purity has changed me so much as a person. Having her makes me want to set the right example, to have good records so she doesn’t get embarrassed when she’s grown. It changes my perspective to life and the way I react to things. I tolerate things more, I overlook things more. I love children generally but now I understand how precious every child is to their mother so I try to treat other children the way I’d want her to be treated if I’m not around.

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The Actress
Let’s talk a bit about your career and what brought you into the limelight. What inspired you to take up acting as a profession?
I’ve had too many criticisms for saying this but I actually had just one inspiration and it was Genevieve Nnaji. When I got into Nollywood, lots of things later inspired me to do the things I do but she triggered my interest. I watched her in the movie “Sharon Stone” and I knew I wanted to act.

What were you doing around that time?
I had just finished Secondary school and so between that time and trying to get into the University that I launched my career.

Getting a big break is often difficult for a lot of aspiring actors. Was it easy or difficult launching into the movie industry?
For me, it wasn’t that difficult. There were challenges here and there but it was basically about how you can present yourself as an actress.

When did you feature in your first movie and how many movies have you featured in till date.
This was in 2003. If I want to be humble I’d say over 50, if I want to pose I’d say over 200. But really it is quite a lot. You know the way we do movies here it’s just on and on and on in several parts.

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Actors often complain of being cast in similar roles that don’t truly exhibit their versatility. Did you ever feel like you were being stereotyped into acting very similar roles?
I was never stereotyped, I could just across to any role. Most of the producers I worked with knew that I played a lot prior to when I got married. I could speak the Warri language, be the thug…. I can try to play any character convincingly well.

A good number of Nigerian movies are now making their way into the Cinemas. Have you featured in any big screen movie recently?
I really want to do cinema movies and I have quite a few on my table when I resume work. But I’ve always been proud of my works and the ones I’m not really proud of are like a stepping stone to learn.

You were inspired to act by Genevieve Nnaji and now you inspire other people to take their chances in the movie industry. How does this make you feel?
I feel awesome, it’s a privilege. I hold her in a very high esteem. She taught me a lot whenever we had a chance to work together. She would say “Oh no, do it this way” or I’d just stand and stare at her while she worked and learn a lot. So now it’s a pleasure when some young girls tell me they are inspired by my work. When my colleagues applaud me, it’s fulfilling and I’m grateful that I can make an impact.

You speak so fondly of Genevieve. What is the relationship like between both of you now? 
She is like a rock; I can always run to her when I’m in a tough corner, anytime.

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Growing Up & Education
Tell me about your childhood. What was growing up like?
I was a tomboy. I am the fourth child from a family of seven children. The first four are girls and the last three are boys so I actually moved a lot with my brothers, climbing trees and stuff like that. We didn’t get everything we wanted but we got everything we needed. I’m from a very humble background, a Christian family. My Dad is an ex-military officer and we basically grew up in a Military environment. I attended Navy Primary and Secondary Schools until I went to the Lagos State University before I deferred.

What were you studying at the University and why did you choose to defer your studies?
I was studying English and I deferred at the time I was moving to my 200 Level. I was sort of very busy with my career, acting here and there, making money and it got into my head. But I’d love to go back to school.

To Lagos State University?
No. I’d love to take up some acting lessons or study a course in Acting since that is what I’m into.

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Your profile on Wikipedia says you got into acting because you failed your University Entrance Examinations. Also, there were some reports about you leaving school because you weren’t so good with your academics. Are these reports true?
I banged my JAMB, yeah that is true. I had to write JAMB twice. But it is not true that I wasn’t good with my academics. I didn’t have issues with passing my exams at school.

The Wife
What is your definition of a sexy woman?
Sexy is inbuilt. It’s just how you feel about yourself. For me, sexy is confidence. It mustn’t be about the Malaysian hair or the Gucci bag or the big bum. It’s about you liking yourself just the way you are.

But most people would call you sexy because of your figure…
For me, it just runs in my family. I don’t work out or do anything. I’m just trying now to work out and swim to lose weight and get back to work so Odi doesn’t get to call me Orobo again. When I bath Purity in the morning and I see the curve of her hips, I say “Oh my God, Odi. Purity has hips” then he says, “She is just 4 months old, shut up”.

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That’s funny. Now that you mention your husband again, tell me about him. When did you meet him and how did the love spark between both of you?
I met him in 2009. We had met before on a flight and I didn’t remember but we met again in 2009. He is a good person. I can’t really tell how it started. We kinda clicked and started dating just about the same month and it feels like we’ve been married for four years because since we met, we’ve been really into each other we’ve been really close.

He must have known you were an actress then. How did this affect the way you started off your relationship?
Yes he did, but he didn’t know I was that big because he didn’t really follow the movie industry. Sometimes you meet some guys and they get intimidated about you but not with him. The first time we were supposed to have a date, he said “Let’s go to my house so you can cook for me” and in my mind I was like “Seriously, this guy doesn’t even know my name”. So I said “My name is Mercy Johnson” and he said “Yes I know”.

What is the most romantic thing he has done for you recently?
He got me a new diamond ring different from my wedding band. I kept saying I want a new band, something really big and he got it for me. He is extremely loveable.

In the weeks before your wedding, some controversies sprang up and there were speculations that the wedding may not hold. How were you able to pull through this period?
I knew my wedding was going to hold. It is easy for people who are outside a box to try to explain the inside of a box without coming inside. People who didn’t know anything had lots to say. But it was fun to let them have their say. If having your say makes you feel better, I can’t take that fun away from you. But we in the box knew what’s up and people who wanted to know what was going on actually came into the box and knew the truth.

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Was there anything new that you learnt during that period that you didn’t already know?
No. It was just shocking how people would bring negativity into what’s positive. I think that was the only thing that was new to me.

Google ranked your name as the most searched celebrity in Nollywood for 2011 and 2012. Are you proud of this?
When I asked my husband if it a good thing and he said yes it is. I know that it’s not possible for everyone to like me so good or bad, if you ever googled Mercy Johnson’s name, thank you. If you didn’t google, google won’t say I’m the most searched so thank you, keep googling.

Do you have any affiliation with the gossip website mercyjohnson.com?
No, I don’t have any and I’d like to stress that please. I don’t know why somebody would do a magazine and call it Mercy Johnson Celebrity Magazine or why somebody would take my name and put it on a domain for a gossip website. I can’t even use the domain name anymore and I’m so pissed. I am only on Twitter. I’m not even on Facebook anymore because somebody put up a Facebook account in my name where they put up inspirational messages on my behalf and I don’t even know where that is coming from.

What else do you do professionally apart from acting?
I do lots of charity. The Mercy Johnson Foundation for Children and Widows is very active and that takes most of my time for now. We make donations; we give out school materials to students and go to hospitals to distribute drugs and medical equipment.

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The Changed Woman
Let’s talk about your style. What influences the kind of clothes you wear?
I don’t wear what is in vogue or what everybody is wearing, I just wear what suits me and I’m lucky to have a physique that encourages everything I wear. My husband is a huge critic so when he compliments my dressing, I feel so good. He doesn’t believe that exposing anything makes you look better. He feels when you cover up, you look real nice.

Would you say your personal style has changed since you got married?
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. When you are married to somebody who is so organized, he brings you up the right way and reminds you of who you’re supposed to be.

Just as we were about rounding up, an elderly woman brought in Purity who had just woken up from her nap. Mercy took time off to play with her and nurse her but not before saying “that is the best mother-in- law in the world”. After I had some time to cuddle the little cutie, we continued.

Is there any particular reason why you decided to gave birth to her in the USA?
No, I could have given birth here but I was at a point in my life where everything meant a lot to me. By God’s grace, I got pregnant barely a year after I got married and I just wanted everything to be fine. Not that it wouldn’t have been fine here in Nigeria but it would be odd for us to say we are not aware of the lapses in our health care system.

What are your dreams for 2013?
To get better in my career, to work with more matured scripts and improve on everything I do. However the most important things to me now are my husband and my daughter so I want to do everything in a manner that would be befitting for them.

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It was great chatting with Mercy and from BellaNaija.com, we wish her the very best!

Mercy Johnson in ‘Return of Girls Cot’

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

105 Comments

  1. Mama

    May 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Very baaaaadddd acting!!!
    Lol at cheap condom i.e. she will do if condom was more expensive.
    But I love Mercy J.

  2. Angel2

    May 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Beautiful interview

  3. Lola

    May 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Awwwww Mercy! I love love this interview. And the way she talks about her husband is soooo wonderful. May God bless your family

  4. Partyrider

    May 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I enjoyed this interview. I love how fond of Genny she is and she speaks so well of her always.
    God bless your home.
    And yes we want to see you in cinema movies,but err you need to tone down the over acting you do sometimes 😀
    That aside,Mercy is amazing actress,and her versatility is mind blowing. Wish you much more success and a blessed and peaceful home.

    I laughed out loud at her husband’s response to purity having hips..Lol

  5. Bimpe

    May 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I just love this woman. She honestly needs to do more interviews, her fans wanna see more of her. She’s so humble nd sweet… Oh how I love you Mercy. And thanks for clearing up that fb page thing, I think I thought it was you as we’ll and even subscribed to it. Thanks

  6. aleeee

    May 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    awwww….the lil baby is sooo cute…

  7. Purple Doughnuts

    May 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Really nice to see the other side of her.

  8. Meeeee

    May 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Ive always loved Mercy Johnson but the way she loves and talks about my very beautiful and classy Genny makes me love her the more. Two fantastic actresses and wonderful ladies.

    • Keek Dat

      May 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Keeps talking nicely about Genny while sucking all her roles away. Welcome to Nollywood

    • Meeeee

      May 12, 2013 at 12:20 am

      I actually dont believe that she sucks Genny’s roles away. I do like that she respects Genny though. Its always good to give respect to whomever its due.

    • babycakes

      May 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      ask yourself this ??, could Genny have played the Dumebi role??….amongst several other agbero/bushgirl roles oh! (therein lays the obvious fallacy of your statement)

  9. nene

    May 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I think every nigerian girl thought about becoming an actress after watching genevieve in “Sharon Stone”, that film was amazing. Adim Williams really gave Genevieve Nnaji the star quality that she was lacking when she started acting, some directors were always critical of her appearance and height, but he believed in her. Mercy said her daughter already has hips…lol. I like this comment: “We didn’t get everything we wanted but we got everything we needed”. this is an amazing comment. Mercy i am soo proud of you, and happy for you. you have overcome everything, those people who don’t like you, your colleagues who say negative things about you, and those who say you’re too dark or ugly, or watever. u should be proud of yourself. at least u r making money in an honest way, and you are one of the best and hardworking actresses in nigeria.

  10. sheygirl

    May 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I really love mercy Johnson, she is a very great actress and I think she is underrated. She acts better than Genevieve just that Genevieve can act the bossy role better. Mercy Johnson; you rock!

    • Meeeee

      May 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Does she also act better than Omotola or just Genevieve? LMGAO.

    • hope

      May 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Seriously? Why mention Omotola here? Anyway, to answer, no, she isnt a better actress than Omotola, i dont think she is a better actress than Genny either, but Mercy is a smashing actress..To be honest, i kinda see the similarities more between Omot and Mercy than Genny and Mercy. Both of then (OmoT and Mercy) have so much range to their acting but Genny also has something unique. Good interview and Good luck to her and her family…

    • Meeeee

      May 12, 2013 at 12:15 am

      @ hope, there is no dispute that Mercy is a smashing actress but I see no similarities between her and Genevieve, or between her and Omotola. Dont see the so much “range” Omotola has either but before any of y’all goes on about why I should mention Omotola…I can mention anyone I want and its also called an OPINION thank you. *inserts smiley face*

    • nene

      May 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      i concur. mercy is better than genevieve and omotola. but sometimes she overacts.

    • Bassi & company

      May 12, 2013 at 1:45 am

      Mercy johnson can NEVER act better than Omotola!

    • Asaa

      May 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      I agree! She overacts MOST times! like in Dumebi The dirty girl! She overdid it for me! But she is a great actress!

  11. molly

    May 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Mercy johnson. 🙂 fave actress. Actually one of my fave.

  12. damepenelope

    May 11, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Love you Mercy! . ..but, giving ¨Lapses in the Nigerian health care system¨ as reason for having sweet Purity in the US…? Come on! Give another reason! Where them born you?

    • kd

      May 12, 2013 at 4:53 am

      Reason sounds good enough to me.. Do u how many children have become deformed or disabled one way or the other because of lack of a proper health care and medical system in Nigeria? Well, i know enough of those kinds of children and they wont be in their situations right now if naija had a proper functioning system that paid adequate attention to detail. By Gods grace, when Im pregnant in future and when God gives me finances for that, Im def going out to have my kids cause I cant take chances

    • babycakes

      May 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Feb 28th 2012, my 26 year old cousin/friend (who had married very early ’cause he had fallen madly in love) lost his wife at childbirth to “lapses in the Nigerian health system”….my dear, If yawa never gas reach your side no mean say yawa no dey…..
      When we got talking, I had to ask him why he didn’t just come and born in Yankee or even go to the Uk sef….He told me that was the biggest mistake of his life ( can you imagine having to live with the burden knowing you could have prevented your wife’s death?). He had the means, they talked about it, but they were like it shouldn’t really matter because the doctors had said everything was okay with her. Turns out things weren’t….but they weren’t prepared for surprises(it wasn’t even something that serious)….and that was that.

    • Winny

      May 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      When Mercy was born we had a sane Nation, you can’t seriously say that now. We have gross decay in infrastructure, bad and corrupt government and truth be told she told the truth. You are welcome to have your kids in Naija with berthed breath Mercy made her choice.

  13. Elizabeth

    May 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I love u mercy btw purity is so cute

  14. gbragbra

    May 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Mercy J. 🙂

  15. Jfk

    May 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Regardless of how mean we (onlookers/audience) can be,keep moving forward and never let negative press get to you. Im not a fan of mercy johnson’s acting but you rock at motherhood. Its obvious she got married for the right reason(love) and the love she has for her family cant be mistaken. My prayers for her is that God will perfect what he has started in her life.

  16. Myne Whitman

    May 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Never read an interview from her so this is great. She sounds very matured, and I like how she pointed out the lapses in the Nigerian health system.

  17. Let them say...

    May 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    go mercy j. go gen you both rock like diamonds… and yes let them say, you are stars shinning bright that has, can and will OVERCOME DARKNESS. Thumbs up!
    ps: “We didn’t get everything we wanted but we got everything we needed”. lemme add this, “And we are still basking in God’s goodness” #danke

  18. diana

    May 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Wow I love d interview mercy u are a great human God has bless u.May d good lord blss ur family I wise to c u face to face

  19. gistyinka blog

    May 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    nice interview…

  20. Tongryang Pantu

    May 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Love Mercy, her humility and down to ‘earthness’. God bless her and her family.

  21. Sharon

    May 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Nice I love her it takes lots of guts to do what she does…… she’s got beauty and brains so haters please take a leap

  22. The Real Madam the Madam

    May 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I love me some Mercy J. This Girls Cot clip isn’t the best representation of her acting. I think she’s a very amazing, versatile and well spoken actress. I like how she talks about her husband with such fondness. Bigger and better things to come for you, amen!

  23. cathy

    May 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    one of my fav actress

  24. Chyke

    May 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Which health system was she talking about? How come millions of people gives birth in Naija everyday? U just wanted Purity to j0in d American wannabes. Per!0d!

    • Straight4ward

      May 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Rotten Beef!!!…..Try Fish, a lot healthier.

    • Flue

      May 12, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Beef o!Beef! Health care system in America is 1000x better than that of Naija. If she can afford it why not!!!

  25. nomad

    May 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    LOLLLLL at “The first time we were supposed to have a date, he said “Let’s go to my house so you can cook for me”

  26. ze Greo

    May 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Chyke, I can taste your bitterness all the way from Warri. Calm down! She can do anything she wants if she puts her mind to it. So, rest!

  27. sweetie

    May 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    was this even necessary ? control your bitterness please

  28. The Fairy GodSister

    May 11, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    She is so mature and grown in this interview!! Loved it, loved it, loved it!

  29. ayodeji

    May 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I actually love the down to earth manner of her responses..plus it’s obvious she’s a submissive wife..GOD bless ur home darling Mercy J…

  30. konnie

    May 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Are these pictures before or after the wedding/child birth. Trying to get a read.
    Lovely baby. Good luck with your career.

  31. goldfinch

    May 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    She’s so beautiful

  32. nich

    May 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Her fellow actresses that criticized her for giving Genevieve some honor where are they and who are they at the moment. Except you are born great meaning the somebody else has played the prize for you. Until you give honor you cannot receive honor, outside Genevieve and omotola nobody has exploded into such level of fame in Hollywood other than mercy Johnson.

  33. Deedee

    May 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Dis Chyke sef,leave the lady alone, that’s what she wanted and hell yeah, she can afford it..

  34. pamela

    May 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Nice interview…..expecting a cinema movie from you soon dear. You are one of the most versatile actreSses in Nigeria Don’t worry dear, nothing wrong in wanting an American passport for your daughter, a lot of Nigerians do. Nowadays.All the best!!!

  35. Sarah Adebayo

    May 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Somehow, I don’t like her.. And this is my own opinion. She turns me off.. I like NSE, Genevieve, Omotola, Rita, but, her…

  36. Bebe

    May 11, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Chyle is just hating because the American embassy declined her visa application 10 times. Eeyah, pele ma. You will be alright.

  37. mexico

    May 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Nice interview. The most interesting part of the interview to me was when on their first date her husband said to her: “….. Come to my houz n cook 4 me. she was lyk omg! this guy dnt knw who I am. Am Mercy Johnson. Her hubby chipped in, yes I knw….”Haha

  38. oose

    May 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    a humble woman indeed the lord bless her without boundaries

  39. deep

    May 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    She is definitely humble and sweet. She loves her daughter to pieces too, so beautiful!
    But she also seems at the mercy of her husband. She seems like she’s so grateful that she will continue to give and not even know her worth. Every time she mentioned her worth, she tied it to him, every individual should have their own identity!
    Let me not even get started on the cooking issue.

    • Moblezzin

      May 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      I feel you sha….but I think she knows her worth though….she’s just trying to stay extra humble ’cause she’s a star. It may be one of her ploys to keep a stable home. You think this girl will bate an eyelid if her husband left?? (NOPE!!) she’d be back on the hustle mehn!! but she is choosing this route and the best way to keep it is to stroke his ego and stay humble….anyways, may God bless her home and I really do hope Mr Husband knows he has a good thong going….

    • deep

      May 13, 2013 at 12:22 am

      Exactly! There’s no need for the ego stroking. It just shows the type of man he is.

  40. Miss TiLii

    May 12, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Very Humbling Interview. Very Nice, I like Mercy a lot and Wish her the best. Now that she has wised up I hope she lets go of all the aristos/runs and campus type roles . She is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Better than that and am sure with the support you have from Odi, you like Genny, can be highly selective in your roles now and not just say yes to any willy nilly just cos of the zeros on the check. I want her in big blockbuster movies with excellent story lines, that makes it to international film festivals and what not. She is a force to be reckoned with as i have always noticed since her first movie many many years ago called “THE MAID”. I knew instantly she was destined to be a great actress and so she is – one of the very few DIVERSIFIED actress in NOLLYWOOD who can play any part you want her to play (and I mean Any role whatsoever) – u can be confident that she will deliver.

    My favourite part of the interview is

    “I’d love to take up some acting lessons or study a course in Acting since that is what I’m into.”

    I like it because unlike the many so called actresses (if they can call them self that) Mercy as good as she is as what she does is still willing to improve and as such invest in taking more acting skills to better her craft.

    Better than i can say for the most who spend all their money on Brazilian Weaves, Latest Mobile Gadget, shoes and all that B.S. Improving their CRAP craft is the last on their screwed up agenda.
    That baby is so adorable, Purity indeed, such a befitting name for that lil munchkin cutie pie.

    Good Luck Mercy. We support you 100%. You are blessed. Always keep God first.

    ps: Is it me or does she and her husband look very much alike, almost like siblings.

    Good Job BN, very nice conducted interview with great questions.

  41. Stella

    May 12, 2013 at 4:50 am

    OMG Lord have Mercy….Mercy Johnson you ate humble,real and straightforward God bless you.
    As for acting didn’t like you at first but after watching you in ‘Royal fight’ with Ramsey Nouah mehnnnnn I fell in love with you. the good thing about you is your creativity and always ready to learn,you give room for improvement and you always get better in ur acting..can’t wait to watch you in cinema movies.God bless ur home esp lil purity nice name.

  42. Charity

    May 12, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Your interview was amazing, we your fans can’t wait for u to come back to acting , I love everything about you

  43. tolu

    May 12, 2013 at 7:13 am

    lmfaooo!! mercy ooo

  44. Cici

    May 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

    i love d interview millitry is in ur blood Cus i can see hw u behave in most of ur films Lik ‘ heart of a fighter’ i love d way u speak about ur home my pray 4 u is that u remain there 4 better n 4 worst

  45. BOLA

    May 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Luv u so much…I pray 4 ds kind of blessings.

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    May 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I was so itching to read more about the controversy trailing the marriage/husband…more details BN! Why are nigeria media so scared to ask the most obvious guestion? I luv the white man way of life,they will ask the most trivial guestion that will get you confused,they are simply not afraid to asked,they bared it all…..even personal question ranging from drugs,mental health issues,cheating,to obscure issue!

  47. Beks212

    May 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Ps: nothing special abt omotola. Mercy acts way berra in my humble opinion.
    Oya make oya crucify me….

    • Sunshine

      May 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      I think Omatola like Mercy can be good or bad depending on the script. I like them both though. Stella, Genevieve, Nse, Omatola, Rita and Mercy for leading lady roles are the best…

  48. Lola

    May 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Aboko ku

  49. very humble and down to earth babe, shes truly happy

  50. Kehinde Ajose

    May 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Am glad her perspective on life has changed from being the ‘I don’t give a damn what you think about me kinda person’ to being a caregiver.Rock on mercy!

  51. NNENNE

    May 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Welcome back, Mercy and goog luck with everything.
    I have absolutely nothing against you for having your daughter abroad but we must be careful not to paint our country black. Agreed… Nigeria is a third world country. Our health care system is not the best. The truth is that people are still having children here, and people still die from child birth even in the developed world. Yes, the statistics do not match. There is always room for improvement. Let’s stop giving this impression that people in Nigeria are dead and gone. Wherever you find yourself make the best of it.
    Beautiful things are still happening in Nigeria and by the grace of God will even get better.

  52. NNENNE

    May 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Meant,”good”

    • slice

      May 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      She didn’t offer the info. She was asked about it and she told the truth. Nothing wrong with that. And it is true that naija healthcare system is not great

  53. temtem

    May 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Nice interview and adorable baby! hmm I love babies…! She’s quite humble and seems nice too but Ms Mercy, u def need to work on your acting skills…yes ma’am! FYI, she CAN’T act better than Omotola or Genevieve, they are wayyyyyy up there, it’s just the fact!

  54. Creamy_Amie

    May 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    She’s just matured, she has grown real good…

  55. Moblezzin

    May 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    http://cdn.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/mercy1.jpg
    One word: CHAI!!!!
    much as I am selective with Nollywood mainstream (alaba) movies, I can remember Mercy from that old movie Cooperate Maid….hahaha Hilarity! this girl is awesome. Acting classes will definitely help her tone down her overacting too….you go girl!!

  56. fan

    May 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Reading this interview has completely changed my perception on M.J. I am highly inspired.

  57. chizzy

    May 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Love love love. Go girl

  58. Sean

    May 12, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Beautiful interview… She always puts Genny as her role model, i like the fact she sees her fellow Nigerian as her role model… I Like Mercy alot and am happy she is happy in her home, Prince Odi keep taking care of her, she is really a lady with a heart of gold, despite some of acting her face could tell you that she’s calm! God bless everything you do Mercy!

  59. Hurperyermie

    May 13, 2013 at 8:06 am

    i just love this woman so much

  60. therese

    May 13, 2013 at 8:46 am

    genny is obviously the best in nollywood and is more supportive of the upccoming actresses. thats what makes me like genny soo much. of course genny had always been mercy johnson’s mentor

  61. Miss tee

    May 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    The way she spoke about her daughter and husband made me cry. She sounds so mature and I’m happy shes in a very happy place in both her career and personal life especially her personal life. I wish her all the best in her marriage and career. Xx

  62. teepoes

    May 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Nice 1 MJ

  63. eniola

    May 13, 2013 at 10:08 am

    loooool. just love Mercy. She got me cracking with her facial expression of ”where the money dey?”

  64. ama

    May 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Mercy has a heart of gold. loves the interview.

  65. temitope

    May 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I love love this babe…she is sure an inspiration.xoxo

  66. cupids

    May 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

    nice interview…she seems to me like a down to earth person. all the best Mercy

  67. Berry Dakara

    May 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Is it safe for her to put out her car’s license plate like that?

    berrydakara.blogspot.com

  68. LILLY

    May 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    she obviously has more depth than i tot. nice interview

  69. http://usaveone.blogspot.se/2013/05/sos-help-for-baby-sola-fatejo_13.html

    May 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Mercy Sef…and the Hussy look alike shaaa..!

  70. bussie

    May 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    lovely interview! she comes across as very smart, free/liberal and in luv with her family

  71. benita

    May 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    good interview…lov u mercy…go girl

  72. PP

    May 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    mercy God will strengthen you dear, i love the way you loved your family keep it up

  73. Poshlady

    May 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I use to dislike her but she sounds very down to earth in dis interview….like a very real person..thumbs up Mercy Johnson..keep it up

  74. Toyin

    May 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Awww, you can tell she enjoys motherhood. Beautiful baby, love her big eyes. I love when people freely admire other people and say it out without being too conscious. And, nothing wrong with women speaking highly of their husbands especially if he’s good to them. Why not? doesn’t take away from the woman’s worth at all. Mercy, seems like a down to earth person, I respect that.

  75. loveth .O

    May 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Honestly she Sound so down to earth. kudos Mummy purity

  76. Naveah

    May 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    1. I agree that Nigeria’s healthcare system na by the grace of God persin dey survive but she wanted the child to be born in the US for the almight Blue Passport, make she leave matter to Mathias abeg. If na health care system, India has much better and cheapter health care system than Nigeria, why didn’t she go there?

    2. She should stop fooling herself. She is STEREOTYPED unless she doesn’t know what the word means. When has she ever played Boss Lady? She is always some down trodden, set up woman crying her eyes out. Always some village johnny-just-come to city house girl. She is good at those roles but would I ever buy her in a suit, running a corporation, chewing out people as cooly as Genevieve Nnaji or Omotola Ekeinde? Nope.

    • slice

      May 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      she wasn’t a maid in Corporate Maid. Nice funny movie, by the way

  77. Esther Amicable

    May 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Mmmmm,i luv Mercy n she inspires me alot,i luv her actin coz she’s vry Natural in her Roles.i wan 2 b an Actress bt dont no hw&wer 2 start.am so Gifted&hav acted in my Sec sch n Church.Linda asist me nah.Abeg i dey beg u oooo.

  78. Mercy4real

    May 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I Love Love Mercy ! Great actress.

  79. flare

    May 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    i admire u Mercy. agud actress is 1 who fits in well on every roll given 2 feature, u fit in well. so proud of u. may God bless ur home n grant u d strenght 2 carry on both in motherhud n ur career n most importantly, pls be prayerfl. d enemy is on d very of attacking homes n entertainers homes re nt left out.

  80. Grace

    May 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I have always admired and loved u Mercy Johnson,its so nice knowing more about u and ur family.Wishing u the best girl..:)

  81. L.A Chick

    May 15, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Keep doing your thing Mercy. the sky is the limit 🙂

  82. Uk

    May 15, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Good actress but need to choose her roles well.. Stay away from them part 10 never ending stories baby

  83. shaun

    May 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Naveah…………..you really need to work on yourself. this life is just one. shikena

  84. Zero

    May 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Abeg..make dis one go siddon..d hubby no fine at all sef….

  85. Annie

    May 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Nice, very nice..Bella Naija i need you to pls help me pass a msg to Mercy J, i have had these callers from Imo State, PH and Calabar all calling and disturbing me, they always insist i am Mercy Johnson, i have begged them to stop but instead i get new callers, just few minutes ago i got another call, this has been going on for over a year now, i don tire, i am not Mercy J, i even had to search for Mery J’s publicist on google, sent an email and wondered if some how they mistakenly displayed my number somewhere, i haff tired. 🙁

  86. opuingo

    August 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I love u mercy!

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