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“A Message From My Heart” – Read Nollywood Star Mercy Johnson’s Special Birthday Message

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Mercy Johnson Birthday Wish - BellaNaija - August2013

Today Nollywood star Mercy Johnson is a year older.

To celebrate another year, the movie star proves she has a heart of gold. Mercy released a special message to BN to help children on the streets.

Read it here;

Today, I thought of many things I would love to have as birthday gifts and the many dreams I am still pursuing. In all of this I’m not losing sight of the fact that if not for God I might have ended up on the street like the many kids and young adults begging for food and some prostituting to make ends meet.

If we know the circumstances that force some of these people on the street, we would spare a thought for them. I am where I am today purely by the grace of God and the grace of people who believed in me from the word go.

Recently, I was at the Boys Reform Home, Oregun, Lagos, the discussion I had with the principal Mr. Kotun and much later with the Special Adviser in charge of al lremand homes in Lagos set me thinking about the boys and girls on the street. They have dreams too.

Can they fulfill those dreams on the street? The answer will likely be no; because I won’t be where I am today if I ended up on the street
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For this reason, Mercy Johnson Foundation will be doing a lot to get kids off the street. We are not asking people for money or donation, I will do all I can with the resources God has given me, and with the support of my husband to help get these kids off the street and set them on the path where they can begin to pursue their dreams.

I want to plead with people, fans, friends and colleagues to spare a thought for the children on the street. We can begin by educating people around us, parents, the children and people in charge of children (Oga-house help relationship, teacher-student relationship, and others) on the need to treat every child like the future of Nigeria depends on it.

And truth be told, our future will not be all that enjoyable if we let the scourge of ‘street-children’ fester. By then, the rich will begin to cry. I learnt Lagos State Government has 11 homes where most children picked from the streets are kept, reformed and reunited with their families after counseling.

That is an initiative Mercy Johnson Foundation will be supporting and beyond that we will be going to different states to help spread the message-Get kids off the street, save the future. From tomorrow, I will begin to replay some of the lessons I learnt at the boys’ reform home and we all can contribute to getting the kids off the street.
I am grateful to everyone that has sent in a birthday message, tweet and gifts. Thank you and God bless you.
Mercy Johnson Okojie

48 Comments

  1. kokoqueen

    August 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    My Mercy of Life…..I support you 100%…God Bless You…Amen

  2. Phamzie Adex

    August 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    You are loved and you made like you more. Keep the dream alive.

  3. naomi

    August 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    God has blessed you with a beautiful heart…

  4. Anavami

    August 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    God bless you more my darling…you have my support…Your home shall be blessed beyond your expectation….Akoro!

  5. Gina

    August 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    nice

  6. X-factor

    August 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    wow!

  7. mel

    August 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    aaahh…this is what i call a role model, a celebrity…someone worth celebrating…i luv u dearly gurl….and ma God bless u and keep u….may he continue to make u a blessing in your generation. I thank God for your life and for the life of your supporting husband. God bless the Okojies!!

  8. Hurperyermie

    August 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    bless u mercy am impressed

  9. t.c

    August 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    U challenge me,mercy. U rily do nd i luv u 4 dat. Wish i cud mt u soon

  10. ILoveGenevieve

    August 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Lovely.

  11. ellar

    August 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    You never fail to daze me..tumb ups for you and many happy returns mercy.

  12. Kiki

    August 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Bless u and ur home!

  13. Hope

    August 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Nice one..Im curious though, couldnt she be doing it for publicity too? 😛

    • Alan Pee

      August 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      I don’t think she is doing this for publicity. Her intention is to spread the message and let others join her in getting kids off the street and she couldn’t have done this in private. How can she appeal to others without publicizing it. At least she is not asking for donations.

    • lola

      August 28, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      a stupid statement, stupid is as stupid does
      she is publicity, she doesnt have to make it – dimwit
      mschewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

      we proud of you mercy.

    • nene

      August 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      could be for publicity, but at least it’s being done. she’s also using her popularity to enlighten people. it’s not just about donating money here and there.

    • Angie

      August 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Na wa for u o

    • Chioma

      August 29, 2013 at 3:57 am

      She made a statement, after she had a child that she started feeling the protective of other children, and this in line with that statement which she made months ago. I believe she is sincere and very proud of her, as a fellow nigerian woman!

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      August 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      And even if she is, the publicity is being directed towards a worthy cause. So, ngwa nu, contribute ya own!

    • saymymind

      August 30, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Abeg what publicity? We already know who she is… Now everything is for publicity!!!! mshewwww

  14. Blacbeauty

    August 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Ur heart is jst as beautiful as ur face. Ua a real
    woman,beauty in and out. God bless u mercy,i love uuuuuu

  15. B.I.T.C.H. babe in total control of herself

    August 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    This is really nice. Now this is what you call influential
    ,at Time mag take note. Lol.

    • Russian

      August 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Shut up already!

    • B.I.T.C.H. babe in total control of herself

      August 29, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      I see you are fascinated by my comments following to another post, hmm im beginning to have a fan base when im not even a celebrity yet. I get you are a die hard fan but lay off what you smoking.

  16. Suyacrush

    August 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    God bless you Mrs Okojie!

  17. dlapikin

    August 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Mercy everybody is witnessing as you are blossoming from a
    scandal magnet to a graceful wise woman. Happy Birthday and more
    blessings your way!

  18. honeymix

    August 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Bless you MercyJohnson, really was indifferent about you,but now i love u much much. May the Lord provide all the resources you would need and bless you abundantly. Happy birthday MJ.

  19. lola

    August 28, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    see why we love her.
    my own selected “queen of nollywood” in my eyes
    the real one , not the PR manufactured gra gra force force one

  20. Amara okere

    August 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    MJ happy birthday wishing u LLNP. Love wat u ur doing more grace 2 ur elbow.#happybirthday

  21. whocares

    August 28, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    awww this is thoughtful, and she is absolutely right. She is one of my favourite actress, and this gives me another reason to love her more. *sniff sniff*

  22. Alejimike.

    August 28, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Yes mercy,u’re really mercy of God,i thank u’ for the thought u’ve just discoverd over the children in this country,pls keep it up is a very nice idea,my the good lord give u’power nd the wisdom to what u’promised ur children in the street.happi birthday to u’nd many many yrs ahead oh.

  23. Julik

    August 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Luv u mercy…just kip up d gud work, God is always by ur side…Akoro oyeizami

  24. luciano

    August 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    May d goo lord continue 2 empoower U̶̲̥̅̊, HBD dear

  25. kenora

    August 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    nice job mercy.God will bless ad support u in every areas of ur aspect

  26. justice joe

    August 28, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Hi, i ask for God peace and favour in you home for you are great.

  27. lulu

    August 29, 2013 at 7:29 am

    happy bday my love i always no dat u are d best thanks dear and i hope dat one day i too will have the opportunity to do same.

  28. favour

    August 29, 2013 at 7:42 am

    u’re amazin…..a role model…..a gud citizen….u’re jst gud in everytin….more kudos 2 ur ables nd happy birthday 2 u

  29. samuel

    August 29, 2013 at 8:58 am

    U are amy screen goddess,diva,role model,frnd,a big fan,all u can think of,wish to mt u some day.

  30. toyin

    August 29, 2013 at 9:05 am

    TONTO ARE U THERE?

  31. TeeWii

    August 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Mercy, thanks.. We appreciate you.

  32. anita okorie

    August 29, 2013 at 11:06 am

    2day is also my hubby’s birthday.hbd 2 u both.may God bless ur home abundantly

  33. Angel

    August 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    SO NWAAAAA ,THIS IS THE LATEST NOLLYWOOD BELLA NAIJA GIST THAT GLADDENS MY HEART HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOLLYWOOD DIVA MJ.

  34. Julik

    August 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    My sis, u hv a heart of gold just like ur face…kip it up & God will definitly be wit u all d way…u r indid Mercyciful just like ur name(Ovayoza)..luv u sis, Akoro oyeizami

  35. Aninze jennifer

    August 29, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    U hv a heart of gold,and my God we continue to bless u abondantly amen………..HBD

  36. Adaora

    August 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Still doesn’t change the fact that u were once a street gal and u also stole someone’s husband…

  37. NNENNE

    August 31, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Nice.Genevieve also tweeted she was interested in finding homes for kids in motherless babies home. Our celebrities, not just this two have set the pace.
    Imagine a Nigeria where everyone thinks about the less privileged among us!

  38. David ikechukwu

    September 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    U r a real celebrity. We need more of ur likes. God ‘ll bless u and ur generation. Thanx!

  39. Aisha

    February 21, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    You are the best dearie..God bless your home.

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