After months of teasing fans and 5.5 million followers on Instagram with her new focus, Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson Okojie has embarked on a new venture that has kept her fans buzzing. Her acting abilities stood her out in Nollywood since she joined 15 years ago and after emerging a conquest, she’s set for another challenge, a cooking show. With just a month before her 35th birthday, the star actress has embarked on a new journey and she’s poised to make a mark with a brand new cooking show.
One recognition that is as clear as day is that she is one of the power actors in Nigeria. With a huge fan base and a great number of admirers, only a few can deny her status in Nollywood. From brilliantly interpreting the role of a sharp babe to acting out a village truant and wealthy single lady, Mercy Johnson-Okojie has been there and done that in Nollywood. Her new cooking/talk show sees her talking to fellow celebrities on their lifestyle, their opinion on life issues and their intimate secrets while cooking. It is a first in the movie industry but not daunting enough to make the actress underwhelmed.
Mercy Johnson’s food show, ‘Mercy’s Menu’ is billed to start airing on TV from July 2019. According to her, the show will feature celebs and public figures. The core concept of the show is this-, Mercy Johnson-Okojie and her guest will cook and gist at the same time The show will also feature well accomplished individuals who will speak on how they achieved success in their respective fields.
Her media managers confirmed that 13 episodes of the show have been completed. According to her media managers, the 13 episodes features Liz Benson, AY, Chigul, Omawumi, Niniola, Ufuoma McDermott, Lolo 1, Maraji, Busola Dakolo, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Ill Bliss and Munachi, Lagos House Wife (Rayo), Prince Odi Okojie, Purity, Henry, and Angel.
In an exclusive interview with Pulse Nigeria, she said, “Two things I like to do, I like to cook, I like to gist, not gossip I like to cook and I like to talk while at it. You know when you are grinding pepper that is when the gist comes. So because I love to cook and I love to talk, I set that into good use, talk about issues, talk about vices, talk about stuff that would benefit people, get very interesting people around, we cook, we eat and then we talk.”View this post on Instagram
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For Mercy Johnson, her cooking show does not signal a bye-bye to Nollywood. Rather her forthcoming movie ‘The Lamb’ is bound to hit the cinemas soon. She was quoted as saying, “It’s one of the legends we have in Kogi state, from our Kogi state dairies…Some schools actually study the book about some girl who sacrificed her life for her people. It is going to be out in the cinemas before the end of the year.”
Movies, politics and now cooking, Mercy Johnson has hands in them all. When asked how she has been able to manoeuver her way to the top in a male-dominated industry as a woman, she said, “Being a woman is tough, you know. I’d say I have learnt to live my truth, be myself at all times, speak my mind when I want to. I choose my battles and just stay clear over what’s not my business. It’s a tough journey if you know, you know, so just take it one step at a time and be true to yourself.”
When asked if women actually get the appropriate recognition in Nigeria over their achievements, Mercy Johnson said, “I’ll stick with one day we will get there. Because some people are being appreciated, some people are getting those appreciation or kudos because perhaps they are public figures…they will say oh you are a great wife, a great mum, a great actor but women are low-key doing wonderful things. Women are low-key going through different things and sorting it out in one piece so that’s why I choose to say we will get there.”