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Mercy Johnson & hubby Odi share their Sweet Love Story with Punch



Mercy-and-Odi Punch Newspaper

Mercy Johnson and her husband Odi Okojie recently welcomed their 2nd child together, a baby boy named Henry. The superstar actress who returned to Nigeria a few weeks ago and Odi gave a detailed joint interview to Punch Newspaper’s Spice on Sunday. The couple delved into details of their relationship. You can read the complete interview via Punch Online.

See excerpts below

Love in the Air…How Mercy & Odi Met
Odi: I met Mercy for the first time in 2008 on a flight from France. We both flew Business Class and I asked for her number but she refused. She was very down-to-earth even as a celebrity. I know how a lot of them behave but she is different. Being very focused and a go-getter, I did everything I could just to have her including her number after I set my eyes on her.

Mercy: After the flight episode, he came around to Surulere where I was getting my hair done at a saloon. Somehow, he had gotten my number and we spoke. We talked and later had dinner.

The No Frills Marriage Proposal
Mercy: During a conversation, he suggested that we take our relationship to the next level. While we were dating, I knew we would get married because he became a part of my life and we were very passionate about each other. There was a day we attended a wedding and he said, ‘I think our wedding cake should have a tint of this colour.’

No more romantic roles, more conservative clothes & learning hubby’s language in Record Time!
Mercy: He wasn’t comfortable with the romantic scenes. I stopped taking up such roles in 2009 when I realised we were getting serious and headed for marriage. I was so in love with him that I started adjusting my lifestyle and personality to suit him. He is enlightened and well-travelled. He understands the demands of my job and has no problems with my career. He simply gives me space to fly.

Mercy: I learnt how to speak his language, Ishan, in less than a year. It wasn’t difficult for me because I was crazy about him. I bought CDS and Ishan literature and my husband also spoke the language to me whether I understood or not. I also wanted to be part of the discussions as well. It didn’t take me up to five months and I already knew the basics before we wedded. Also, I cut down on my nude dresses. He made me understand that with age, you have to let go of certain things because life is a phase.

The Money Question – Joint Account?
Mercy: He is concerned about the welfare of the family and has been like that from the outset of our relationship. While we were dating, he would give me money to make my hair and buy make-up irrespective of the fact that I also earn my own money. He does things that every husband should do for his wife. It was his idea. I am the sole signatory but my money is not in the account.

Odi: I love her dearly and I just want her to be independent and have access to funds whenever she desires without my permission.

Staying Faithful – Can you cheat on your spouse?
Mercy: Never! Moreso, I have absolute trust in him.
Odi: God forbid that I do such.


  1. daisy

    February 16, 2015 at 11:15 am


  2. Immaculate

    February 16, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I love this couple. God bless your union mercy

  3. Anon

    February 16, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I met Mercy for the first time in 2008 on a flight from France. We both flew Business Class…

    That’s all I needed to read to stop reading!

    • B

      February 16, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      *singing* “Bad belle is allowed, is allowed!”

    • KeepingitReal

      February 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Not only did I stop reading, I knew he was lying because tMercy had once said in an interview that he met Odi her boyfriend at a friend’s house and that the first time he took her out he asked her to cook for him.. Very soon they will change that part to “it was in an all expensive quiet restaurant in Spain or America” Cant ever get an honest interview from any of these Nigerian movie stars.

  4. LEE

    February 16, 2015 at 11:33 am

    hhahahahah i laugh with my mouth

  5. otrizzy

    February 16, 2015 at 11:35 am

    But why is the man smiling like that nah ?

  6. Ada

    February 16, 2015 at 11:39 am

    “wearing my amebo hat” – was this guy married while dating aunty mercy? na wetin i hear. who get correct info abeg

    • Na so!

      February 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Oh yes he was still married while dating Mercy, though it appears Mercy didn’t know at first. And, he quickly started the divorce process when the wife (with kids) in Canada got wind of it. For more details, go to Linda ikeji’s blog. Google LIB exclusive ‘ Mercy Johnson is about to marry my husband’ and you will find the story plus pictures there. I have done my aproko service for the week. heheheh

  7. derhmy

    February 16, 2015 at 11:50 am

    the combo of mercy’s jeans and shoes in the pic…errr odikwa somehow….anywais wish them da best

  8. Bola

    February 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Mercy…the waist down…too busy..hian…

    I like you though

  9. Tomatoes

    February 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    aww..this man’s smile.odikwa risky…no be by force to smile nah..una weldone ooo

    • Fact

      February 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Hahahahaa… very risky indeed. I had to scroll up to see what you meant.

  10. oj

    February 16, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    did u all see what they said regarding their finances? How many men reason like Odi? Most Nigerian men are looking for a working class lady so they don’t have to pay for her expenses. they’re even planning to share her salary.

    • Surely

      February 17, 2015 at 5:43 am

      So a woman cans pend a man’s money but he cannot spend hers? You people abegggg

    • Lynda

      February 27, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      you very right, looking for how to collect instead of being supportive.

  11. Oge

    February 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    What an inspiring couple. I noticed that mercy stopped taking up certain roles I see the reason. Thumbs Up Gal! You are such a respectful woman who understands how to manage a man!

  12. new bride

    February 16, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    The hair, the jeans, the SHOES!!!! Hope you didn’t pay too much for them sha cos…

  13. JULIE

    February 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Ukwu, God pls gv me a husband dat ll b proud of me, Amen

  14. Bella

    February 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Happy for their love but ……….. too much hair and the shoes are a total NO NO!

  15. Nefertiti

    February 16, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Can Mercy ever grow classy? I’m happy for her thou…

  16. Vic

    February 16, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Money can’t buy class!!!!!!

  17. MC

    February 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    She stopped wearing her nude dresses?
    as in the colour nude? or??

  18. P.O.

    February 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Good for them, but now she needs to slim down.

    • unbelievable!!!!!

      February 18, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Did u just crawl out of a hole????!!! She just had a baby!!!!!

  19. BN lover

    February 16, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Anybody dat screams God 4 bid at anything….just look am well. Meme u don try……well done

  20. Fact!!!!!!!

    February 16, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    To Mr&Mrs Odi Okojie
    May your home ever remain blissful and your marital lives remain sweeter as the honeycomb in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

  21. kaya

    February 16, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    “I love her dearly and I just want her to be independent and have access to funds whenever she desires without my permission”…… awwwwwwh to all of this!


    February 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Mercy? Those shoes should only be paired with skinny pants. Jeez

  23. #waaatdifook!

    February 17, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    @oj ‘ ….. ‘Nigerian men looking for working class women’ I think you’ve taken a literal approach to defining working class. hope you know working class doesn’t mean people that are working. What you have actually described is actually middle class.

  24. ice

    February 19, 2015 at 8:10 am

    you haters out there leave them alone let them have fun she is my favor you go ahead mercy keep on doing your thing and God is going to keep on blessing you more and more and your family you are my number one fan about at Meijer you

  25. ice

    February 19, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Marcia you are my number one fans may God continue to bless you and your family and your new baby keep your family on hold love all your family pictures you have from America here

  26. Beauty

    April 19, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Pls u pple should let dem be mine ur own business plssss, wat will some pple do dat human beings won’t talk, my dear God has bless u and ur family. Carry on gal

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