August 27, 2016 – Mercy Johnson: I Gave Birth To 3 Kids In 3 Years For The Sexiest Man Alive, Expecting My 4th Child Soon
Excerpts from Mercy Johnson Okojie’s recent interview with Adedayo Odulaja
You just returned from a vacation. How was it?
The vacation was awesome. It was just about taking time out with the sexiest man alive.
What were some of the fun things you did during vacation?
We spent a lot of time together. Having three kids in three years, everything was just fun. It is awesome but in marriage, you need to take time out to really talk, laugh and just be free. That was what the vacation was about.
You have only just returned but have started working. Why is that?
It is not about the money like people would think. I am a person who knows how to combine marriage, kids and my work. I’ve done that successfully for the last five years. My kids are on holidays now so this is actually the best time for me to work before they get back to school.
Because whenever they resume, I seldom shoot. I only have to shoot in Lagos and it has to be with a very flexible timetable. When they were on holidays, we took a break to the US, we got back, got the house arranged and now I’m back to work.
Like I’ve always said, it’s not about the money. It’s about a passion for my work. It’s about getting my timing right so I can do what I need to do now while the kids are not in school and all of that and still be on track.
For instance, I initially told my husband to let me do this film before going for the vacation. But on the other hand, I chose to go for the vacation, take care of the kids and then get back to work because that works well for me.
What has kept the Mercy Johnson brand going all these years?
Grace and God.
What has marriage changed about you?
How do you juggle home and your career and still maintain your looks keeping in mind that you had three children in quick succession?
That was a hit though. I keep telling OD (husband) that it was a hit; that is why we have to take time before the fourth one. I think what has taken me this far is basing my decisions on a scale of preference. I love what I do, I adore my husband. I adore my kids.
So every time I have to make a decision, I have to think about which is more important and I start from there. I understand that the home front is more important. So I manage the home front and then create time to do what I love to do. I think that has helped me get this far. The balancing has helped me so much.
How soon should we expect the fourth one?