Feb 18, 2018 – Mercy Johnson: I Stopped Playing Romantic Roles Because My Husband Does Not Like It
I Stopped Kissing In Movies To Please My Husband Who Dislikes My Romantic Roles- Mercy Johnson Okojie
Nigerian actress Mercy Johnson recent granted an interview to Sunday Sun.
See excerpts of the interesting interview below:
You have distinguished yourself as an actress, what would you say is responsible for your achievements?
Honestly, the grace of God has been my pillar of strength. I don’t have anyone to thank for my achievements, but my creator for paving ways for my success. He is helping me to live a sustainable life and giving me reasons to appreciate His mercies upon my life always.
Also, I must appreciate God for connecting me to a man that complimented and transformed me into a better person. He has a different perspective to life, which has affected my life positively, and I owe a gratitude to my husband for his love and affections.
What do you think makes you stand out?
It is persistence, hard work and passion for my job.
Are there any experiences you had as a child that made you cry as an adult?
I’m just a regular girl next door, nothing special. Though, growing up was tough, it made me a better person. It made me strive to succeed, it taught me hard work, perseverance and also educated me to understand that my purpose on earth is to serve humanity, which was one of the strongest lessons I learned in life.
You have played countless roles such as maid, gangster and lover to mention a few, how does your husband react to your movies?
My husband doesn’t watch my movies. But I think he has heard about the clown I am in movies (laughter). Nevertheless, I adore him for being my backbone and supporter of my career. Though, for the past eight years of our relationship, I haven’t featured in romantic roles. This is because he doesn’t like it and I can’t do it for all the money in the world.
How would you describe your husband?
He is a very humble man, friendly and calm. When I’m doing the crazy things, he looks at me and shakes his head. In fact, he is a gentleman, he is not dramatic at all and he always tells me he doesn’t understand from where I get all my dramas. Sometimes, he asks me ‘you don’t get tired?’ You know, I play too much. Nevertheless, my husband is the definition of God’s plans for me on earth; he gives me peace, love and happiness. In fact, he is my destiny.
Every marriage has its challenges, how do you settle disputes?
When I offend my husband, I jump on his body and he laughs. I may also write a message and paste it on my daughter, Purity’s back (laughter). Honestly, the man is tired of my pranks (laughter).
How do you create a work-life balance?
I operate on a scale of preference regarding my service to God, family and job. My family has to be comfortable before discussing my job. I must appreciate my husband, Prince Odianosen Okojie, for giving me his consent when my appointment as SSA to governor came, knowing fully well the sacrifices and adaptations he will have to put up with.
How do you relax?
I play Ludo game or swim with my husband. Also, I relax with my kids, playing and discussing school activities with them.
How has it been working as Senior Special Assistant on Entertainment, Arts and Culture to Kogi State governor?
Like I always say, the honorable doesn’t count but the impact you can make in the lives of people. When I received the appointment, I was enchanted for the honour. So far, it has been fun working with Governor Yahaya Bello. Nevertheless, I have been executing my duties in the entertainment, arts and culture sector, to give Kogi State a new face, just as our leader has instructed.
What is your advice to Nigeria women?
They should embrace God to make everything beautiful in their lives. Also, live a positive life; no matter what life throws at them, they must put God first for solution.
[By Sunday Sun]