Mercy Johnson was born on August 28, 1984, in Lagos to a then Naval Officer, Mr Daniel Johnson and mother Elizabeth Johnson. Mercy Johnson grew up in a family of 7 children. Being the fourth child, she has 3 older sisters and 3 younger brothers.
Originally a native of Okene, Kogi State, Mercy spent her childhood in various barracks with her father who was constantly being transferred due to his job as military personnel. Considering the level of success Mercy Johnson has attained in life, it must be emphasized that she had a very tough upbringing.
Growing up, Mercy Johnson dropped out of school several times for financial reasons. She hawked drinking water and food items, and also worked as a housemaid at a point in her life. She faced difficulties in paying her school fees, and this actually became the reason why she ventured into acting after failing her university entrance examination.
Auditioning for a role in the movie “The Maid” shortly after secondary school, her excellent performance in the movie after she was awarded a role paved her way into stardom. Over the years, the renowned actress has featured in over 170 movies making her a favourite among fans.
Due to her hard work, Mercy has won a lot of awards including the best actress for her role in the movie “Dumebi, The Dirty Girl” at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards of 2013. She also took home Nollywood Movies Awards for the Best Leading Actress in 2012 and 2014.
The actress was banned on 3rd November 2013 by the movie marketers of Nollywood for being too expensive. She together with colleagues; Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Richard Mofe Damijo, Emeka Ike, Ramsey Noah, Nkem Owoh, Stella Damasus and Jim Iyke were prohibited from acting, for reportedly demanding outrageous pay raise per movie. This ban was however lifted on 9th March 2014 following an apology by the renowned actress.
Mercy Johnson officially became Mrs Okojie in 2011, after getting married to Prince Odianosen Okojie. The grand wedding ceremony was held at Christ Embassy, Oregun, Ikeja. Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson was the chief bridesmaid for that wedding. Mercy and her husband have been blessed with three children.
The actress is believed to be the 3rd richest actress in Nigeria with a net worth of about 600 million Naira. Besides acting, Mercy is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Kogi State Governor.