For someone who started out at the bottom of the ladder, Mercy Johnson N700 million net worth came from hard work and persistence. The stunning actress has grown in leaps and bounds since her first feature in Nollywood in 2004. More so, as a smart businesswoman, Mercy has diversified into a plethora of businesses as well as landing several endorsement deals which have added considerably to her net worth. However, Mercy’s life was not always this glamorous as she is known to have failed JAMB on 2 occasions coupled with the fact that she came from a very humble background.
What Was Mercy Johnson’s Life Like Before Nollywood?
Mercy Johnson was born in Lagos state even though her parents are originally from Kogi state. Her father, Daniel Johnson was a naval officer which resulted in the family moving around different parts of Nigeria as his job demanded. Mercy started her primary school education in Calabar and concluded it in Nigerian Navy Primary School in Lagos. She proceeded to Rivers State Secondary School for her secondary education and concluded it at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
After secondary school, Mercy worked hard to gain admission into the university, she wrote the mandatory Jamb (Joint Admission Matriculation Board) examination but failed it twice. She then decided to move to Lagos in search of greener pastures but little did she know that she would turn into the movie star she is today by just attending an audition in Lagos.
Mercy Johnson Had Her Acting Debut In 2004
Mercy Johnson’s chance to audition for a role in the 2004 film, The Maid was a turning point for her life. Seeing it as a golden opportunity, she gave the performance of a lifetime which heralded her entrance into Nollywood. However, for a couple of years, she was only able to land only minor roles in films like Women in Power, Kill the Bride, Lost to Lust, Under the Sky, and several others.
Nonetheless, with consistency in giving superb on-screen performances, Mercy soon became a household name in Nollywood. She has been featured in several award-winning films and amongst the lot, the ones which have earned her widespread popularity include:
- Heart Of A Fighter (2011)
- Weeping Soul (2011)
- White Hunters (2011)
- Brave Mind (2012)
- Dumebi the Dirty Girl (2013)
- Baby Oku in America (2013)
- Native Fowl (2014)
- Thy Will Be Done (2015)
- 30 Days in Atlanta (2015)
What Is Mercy Johnson’s Net Worth?
Even though there are varying reports online about the actual figure of Mercy’s net worth (N700 to N828 million), there’s no doubt that she has come a long way and done pretty well for herself money-wise. Mercy Johnson Okojie’s net worth has been conservatively estimated at about N700 million. This money was accrued majorly from her acting career, endorsement deals, and personal businesses.
She Has Charged Up To N2 Million Per Role
Since her days of humble beginnings, Mercy Johnson has grown to become one of the most sought-after actresses in Nollywood. Without any formal acting education, it is obvious that she is naturally talented due to the versatility she has portrayed by acting in different roles. Hence after featuring in more than 200 movies, Mercy Johnson has definitely earned her place on the list of highest-paid and richest actresses in Nigeria.
Although there is no concrete proof to show how much she must have earned during her infancy in Nollywood, several sources have attested to the fact that she rose to the level where she charged as high as N2 million to feature in a role. For the latter, there must be some level of credibility to the claim as she was one of the actresses banned in November 2013 for being too expensive. Other Nollywood stars who got the ban were Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Jim Iyke, Richard Mofe Damijo, Genevieve Nnaji, Emeka Ike, Stella Damasus, Ramsey Nouah, and Nkem Owoh. They were all threatened to be prohibited from the industry by Nollywood but following an apology in March 2014, the ban was lifted by marketers/producers.
What Are Mercy Johnson’s Other Business Ventures Outside Acting?
For 2 consecutive years (2011 and 2012), Mercy Johnson emerged as Google’s Most Searched Nollywood Celebrity and there is no doubt that the young lady has leveraged this popularity to take both her film career and business ventures to the next level. Here are some of the other things she is involved in outside being an actress:
Mercy’s Menu is a kitchen talk show which she launched in July 2019. With Mercy as the host of the show, she invites other people to share their marital experiences, things that spice up their marriage, tricks they use to make their marriage come alive on a daily basis amongst others.
Mercy Magic is a unique blend of herbal mixtures, that reduces tummy fat and helps to generally trim down the body. Each pack contains slimming tea, flat tummy tea, a meal plan, and an exercise routine.
Brand Endorsement Deals
Over the years, Mercy Johnson’s face has come to be known with some companies especially with the way she continues to aggressively market for them. In October 2019, she signed an endorsement deal with Chi Limited’s Prime brand for their Hollandia Evap Milk. She is also a brand ambassador for Pennek Nigeria Limited, which is a real estate investment company based in Lagos.
More so, the gorgeous actress is the brand ambassador of the detergent and sanitary pads brand, Virony and Mr. Chef Iodized Salt. She also promotes Hollandia Evap Milk on various social media platforms.
Mercy Johnson Okojie Foundation
Mercy Johnson Okojie Foundation established this foundation to assist and meet the needs of widows and less privileged in society. They have given out various aides including monetary and food supplies to people in need.
Mercy Johnson Is A Recipient Of Several Awards
With over a decade in Nollywood and being a fan-favorite, it is expected that Mercy Johnson should have landed several awards for her acting endeavors which she has. Here is a summary of the awards Mercy Johnson has received over the course of her acting career
- Best actress in a supporting role at the 5th African Movie Academy Awards 2009 for her outstanding performance in the movie “Live to Remember.”
- Best Supporting Actress at the “Best of Nollywood Awards” 2009 for “Live to Remember.”
- Ranked as Google’s most searched Nollywood celebrity 2011 and 2012.
- Nollywood Movies Awards recognized her as the “Best Actress in a Leading Role” in 2012.
- Nominated by the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best in 2012 and 2014.
- Nominated by the Ghana Movie Award in 2012 and 2015.
- Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) awarded her as the “Best Actress in Comedy” 2013.
- Popular Choice Female at the Nollywood Movies Awards 2014.
- She was named Actress of the year at the Eloy Awards 2018.