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Mercy Johnson: “I Grew Up Knowing What Tears & Hunger Mean”



Mercy Johnson & Prince Odianosen OkojieStarted from the bottom, now she is here.

In an interview with City People Magazine, actress Mercy Johnson-Okojie opened up about criticism in both her personal and work life as well as what success means to her as an actress.

On if she is distracted by criticism: “Haaa! I couldn’t have been distracted. For several reasons. One, because I grew up knowing what Tears and Hunger mean. One of my biggest phobias was failure.

Because people will keep criticising when they want exactly what you have. They hate and they talk, but they want what you have. They crave to have what you have. So when they talk, the only way to shut them up is to even do better and up your game. The criticisms you get mostly are not constructive.

They are just bitter. When you see the one that is just bitter you know.”

On rising above criticism: “It’s easy. We are in an environment where people who have boils all over their faces will look at me that has just 1 pimple on my cheek and try to tell me what cream to use. People hide in the shadow and say stuff.

So, you just know it’s not constructive. It’s just somebody somewhere trying to make me feel bad to bring me down. I had gone through all of that, growing up, I had cried all the tears I need to cry growing up. Nobody can make me go back now. So it’s like hate all you want, I am moving. So you are just going to stay there and keep talking and I am ahead of you. It’s more or less like you know me, I don’t know you. If talking about me makes you feel better or puts food on your table, it will be wicked of me taking it away from you. So, I just let go.”

On life as an actress: “Success is hard. It’s never easy. It takes more than luck to make the right decisions, and the right choices. A lot of people have actually been acting before me, but they are just no where close. It’s not because I am better, it’s grace.

One of my biggest phobias was failure. I had a phobia for it. And I didn’t grow up in an environment that was very sociable, I didn’t have friends. Since I got into the industry I can say I am one person that you can hardly meet in a club house or at party. Even events, it’s really hard to see me there because that’s just not me. I believe it when they say life is like a camera when you focus on it, that is when you get the best pictures out.

I think I was focusing too much on what I wanted and there was nothing strong enough to distract me basically. I was just scared of going back to where I was coming from. I didn’t forget where I was coming from. It was like paramount. I kept seeing the picture. So, when I discovered that this way will make it better, nothing can push me out. I am just going to face that way.”


  1. chidimma

    August 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I love you mercy ! You rock, ride on

    • Lovethjerry

      September 3, 2014 at 11:08 am

      mercy I lv Your words I know where am coming from

  2. Bliss

    August 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Love this woman. Great responses. Focus and don’t forget where you cone from.

  3. Muse

    August 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Keep going girl. SOAR HIGHER!

  4. hemjay01

    August 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    ride on super star….we love u and nothing will bring u down with jesus on ur side

  5. bee

    August 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    nice interview …she sounds focused

  6. CHY

    August 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm


  7. Medlyn

    August 11, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    That’s a focused woman talking. Best response ever.

  8. EDITH

    August 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Welldone Mercy. you a talented actress

  9. +Rare Gem+

    August 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Mercy continue to soar, soar higher than the eagle. Love always~

  10. Rita

    August 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Thats gir. What a nice response. Not too full of herself.

  11. Mademoiselle

    August 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    “I think I was focusing too much on what I wanted and there was nothing strong enough to distract me basically. I was just scared of going back to where I was coming from.”

    Very powerful/beautiful statement here!

  12. Awesome as always 🙂 ♥

  13. Ibiene Pepple

    August 11, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Mercy J is one reason I watch home videos. Cheers girl

  14. brainchild

    August 11, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    oh please shut up mercy. You should be happy that people talk about! I doesn’t have to be that they’re trying to bring you down.

    • tola

      August 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      ya part of the haters .

  15. nene

    August 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    i am truly happy for mercy johnson. her acting annoys me, yes, but as a person, i love what she’s done with her life. people call her ugly, dirty skin, annoying, poor, razz, local,etc but she doesn’t give a shit because she knows where she’s coming from and what she wants. i just wish she married a better husband, i don’t trust her current husband.

    • Thatgidigirl

      August 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      What are you trusting her husband for ehn nene???? Are you his wife? Swallowing paracetamol for someone else’s fever.

  16. leka

    August 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Mercy you’ve always been a level headed actress without any scandle. Please keep been yourself. We love you as a person. Not everyone will like you or what you do but d important thing is God has blessed you

  17. Vanessa

    August 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I just love love this LADY. My best actress from Nigeria. Just wish all people in the public eye were this level-headed.

  18. Khaleesi

    August 11, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    i like this woman. i pray for her and her hubby (wicked man)

  19. sommie

    August 12, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Never was her fan, but this interview just made me one

  20. Bome Simon Limbo

    August 12, 2014 at 2:43 am

    I luv u Mercy n i luv ur guts. D’u know most tyms i watch home videos only wen u’re among d casts? Ryd on super star n God Bless ur family. I luv u,we luv u,my siblings ‘specially ma lytl sisters jez luv u a mega deal dey h8 2 c u sufferin in muvies. 9ce dae ‘head Dear.

  21. Cindy Love

    August 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Go gal, love you more after reading this.

  22. liian

    August 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Just focused on all the comments to find just one bad comment so I can unleash venom on the person but didn’t find any. #luckyday. Go mercy!

  23. iriawo

    August 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm


  24. sum1special

    August 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I think her life story issue is overflogged. i feel her though

  25. Katrina

    August 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Keep it up grl nd lv all ur movies. May the lord b wth u nd ur family all the time. Luv u mj.

  26. Katrina

    August 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Keep it up grl nd lv all ur movies. May the lord b wth u nd ur family all the time. Luv u mj. K from south africa ( VRYBURG NORTH WEST )

  27. lorna awuor

    August 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    am proud of you gal u have made it

  28. Osasodia1

    August 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    keep on riding high, for thy Lord is ur strength.

  29. Deedee

    August 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    U go girl!!!!Love u Mercy, keep doing u Mama Purity….

  30. xtian

    August 27, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Mercy, Lord have mercy

  31. Lovethjerry

    September 3, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Like she said I know were am coming from dat what most ladies should think of u should know were u are coming from

  32. Ibitoye Sijuwade

    September 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Nice one M.J!!!

  33. mercy eksmart

    February 24, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Nice woman. My name sake

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