Mercy Johnson and Prince Okojie had an Exclusive Valentine’s special with Media Room Hub and the couple opened up about their beautiful love life and what keeps their romance alive.
We truly enjoyed their exclusive interview with Azuka Ogujiuba, they are so in sync and deeply in love.
Read excerpts below……..
For Nollywood heartthrob, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, the rain of pains simmered into light showers until the grim tale finally gave way for a bright new day. She has waltzed out of despair, perhaps eternally too, and Mercy left nothing to return to her past. Welcome to a world of new ‘Mercy’, an adoring mother and riveting actress as she takes us through some of the secrets held close to her chest these past few years…….
Interview with Mercy Johnson-Okojie
When Asked About 2017 Valentine
That’s very hard to tell. Last week I was saying to my husband “valentine is next week o, hope you’re planning a surprise, tell me now if you have a plan. “Every Valentine something always happens in our marriage and since last week I’ve been hearing some whispers here and there and when he starts whispering, something is going down.
When Asked Whether She Would Surprise Her Husband?
No, I’m not surprising him. I’ll just smile all day, that’s enough, isn’t it?
Your Best Valentine Celebration
It was actually the one we had when he visited me in Asaba, Delta State. I actually know the very day I conceived for Henry. I was working then when he came to see me. After the Valentine’s Day get-together, Henry came.
Has Motherhood not slow you down?
I’d say yes, Motherhood has slowed me down but does it matter? I’d say no it hasn’t slowed my life down. In my life, with marriage dealings with people and so on I’ve learnt to appreciate myself first and recognize integrity before I can dish it out to any other person. I know what it means to have a scale of preference and do things in a manner of importance. Work has slowed down because I want it to slow down.
Some celebs have gone on maternity leave and by the time they’d return, new kids on the block have taken their place. Don’t you fear you might loose your place?
I can never lose my place or be displaced by anybody. My name is Mercy Johnson-Okojie, I never have such fear. Nollywood is like family; it’s a large field and nobody can take anybody’s place. Even though I don’t get to do many films when I do one, people will know that Mercy has done this. It’s not pride, I’m just saying that I know what I’ve got. So you can do all the ones you can do and I’ll do all I can do. It’s not a tussle.
Are there targets you have in 2017?
With marriage and motherhood, when you have one it’s tough let alone having three kids, so I’m doing my own TV show entitled Mercy, Marriage, and Cooking. I birthed the idea after I saw a tweet by ElDee, when he said something about role models and young girls of these days picking Kim Kardashian as a role model when they have people like Ndidi Obioha, Betty Irabor, and others doing well in their marriages and career. When you follow people like these, you sum it all up, you’re like a full package. The tweet got to me and I realized that we don’t even have a talk show that talks about these career realities and nuggets of marriage. Part of the things that have made my marriage work is that I have a good foundation.
Six years ago when you were on your way to marrying your ‘knight’, a scandalous tale made the rounds, so many had fears for you. Would you say that was the most trying time of your life in marriage?
To be honest, when all of those things were going on, I love my husband’s soul; it’s not about his physical appearance or any other thing. I remember very well that I was fasting from 12 am to 12pm, and then when I heard what people had to say even though they did t truly know what was happening and the kind of things people were writing on their pages, they just tarnished someone’s image when they knew nothing about the real story. I said God one day at 12 midnight, “these tears I’ve shed before this marriage are the last I will shed, and this would be my last embarrassments. When I get into this marriage, I am going to be happy”. And it’s been that way. Yes, that was my most trying time (with tear-laden eyes) because I’ve never had a cause to be as sad as I was then.
What has been the longest time you quarreled with your husband? Have you had nights or days you didn’t talk to each other?
No, that’s not possible cause I play too much. My husband is tired of hearing ‘I’m sorry’. The other day he said, ” My love why did you do this?” ‘I said, “I’m sorry” and he responded, “don’t tell me you are sorry, just don’t do it again. When I ask him to come and eat and he goes like I’m not eating. I’d just say “come on, this small thing I did is why you angry at your baby?”. I’ll make him the food, go to him and say, “don’t eat it o, just smell it”. We’ve evolved from those little quarrels. At the early stage of our marriage, when I’m angry, I’d squeeze my face and there was nothing he says that I’d listen to. You’d hardly even notice when I’m annoyed, the only thing is that the names I call him “sex”, “my love”, “my life” and so on, you would not hear any more, for like 5 years now, we hardly even ever quarrel because we always have something to talk about, he’s my gossip partner. We have a way of getting about quarrels now, it just doesn’t last anymore.
About looking up to Genevieve Nnaji while starting off as an Actress….
I love my humble beginnings; I love the fact that something about her nurtured me to this level. I don’t think I would have grown this big if I wasn’t mentored to structure myself in the manner I have now. Growing up, she had a lot of influence in my career, most of the times when she couldn’t work, she would have them call me to do it. I think I would have grown but not as quick as I did learning from her, and I got to understand the intricacies of filmmaking. I got to understand that ‘who pass you, pass you and when you give respect to ‘who pass you’ you will grow and not just grow and fade away, you grow and you last.
What is your take on all the drama between you and Tonto Dikeh?
There’s nothing to it, sometimes youthful exuberance will make you do somethings you shouldn’t do. I’ve had my own fair share too, I’m human and I’ve made errors too, some I knew I made and some I didn’t know I made. It’s part of evolvement now and we should be proud of the whom we all have grown up to be.
The days you don’t have shoots to do and he’s also at home, what actually goes into your day?
We have fun, we gist, we talk, we plan and so on. Yesterday……from upstairs, I just saw my husband swimming, and in my mind I was like, wow, I got you. I just took off my wig and jumped into the pool. So we chat, play and he’s like every breath I take in with an aroma of his name on it. We do basically everything together.
What else do you wish your husband had?
Well you may find this shocking, nobody is perfect, but everything about him speaks perfection. Even when he doesn’t get it right, he makes me laugh and when a man takes me and the kids as priorities at all times, what else would you possibly desire.
Is there anything you miss about being single?
Well, that was breathing not living, now I’m living and now I have something to live for. I told my husband this last Mother’s Day that I wanted a gift and he also told me he wanted a gift too. When sleep is sweetest at 4 am, 3am Purity is coughing, when Angel is hungry 3 am, that’s when I am dreaming about something so sweet yet I wake up and attend to them. When they are sick, my temperature is high because I’m worried, I know how their voice sounds when they cry and that is why I was telling my husband that I needed a gift. So no, I don’t miss anything about being single, not even the freedom, I like my life now better.
Interview with Prince Odianosen Okojie
When did you meet your wife and how has your marriage been so far?
Prior to our marriage, I have known my wife for 3 years, we actually met in 2008. We started living together in 2009 and we got married in 2011. It has been God all the way, there is no miracle or anything much, it’s just been God. With marriage breakups and celebrity dramas, I think it depends on what one wants. For me, when I met my wife, I knew she was the one for me.
What kind of work do you do and how long does it take you?
I am a business man and I’ve been in business since 2006 since I go into Nigeria. I do oil and gas. I work with the federal government on a contract basis. I’m into transportation and I’m into real estates. I am a workaholic; I do any kind of business provided it’s legal.
What is the longest time, you have spent away from your wife?
I think about two or three weeks. I travel a lot and when I do, I am usually in a hurry to get home. The most time I’ve stayed abroad I do three weeks, no matter what part of the world I’m in, in three weeks, I must be back home.
Do you have people or marriages that you try to pattern your marriage after?
Not at all, God sent my wife to me. A lot of people want to emulate me, they look up to us and say they want to be like us. I do not give glory to man but to God because of this and what I think has kept us strong is because I’ve been able to love her.
What has been the longest holiday you’ve spent together and where did you both go?
We travel together a lot, we’ve been on all the continents together. The last time we went to the US, we had a very quiet time, we were in the US for three weeks and from there we also went to other parts of the world. We do everything possible to enjoy ourselves whenever we travel.
There’s this saying a couple that stays together, prays together. When it is time for prayer, who prays the most?
We are both born again Christians and we are proud to be, my wife is a very prayerful woman. A lot of times, she won’t even pray for herself. She’s always praying for me all the time. Now my daughter has imbibed this habit, and so anytime I’m going out, she places her hand on my head and says ‘God bless my daddy’ and this makes me fell happy and fulfilled.
Are there any misconceptions about tryout marriage that you would like to address the world?
One thing I’ll like to address is this; people tend to criticize even when they do not know you. Until you get close to someone, do not criticize or judge that person, because the person you are judging might just be a lovable and caring person. I have a unique character and I don’t need anyone to tell me that. I always try to keep my head up.
How did you feel when you were called an irresponsible father, and that you abandoned a lady abroad with your kids?
People will always talk, but the thing is, the people that know me know the truth. I am very responsible so I am living up to it so I was not hurt.
How do you guys makeup when you quarrel?
She lives in my room, she’s there every time and even when she’s not, I missed her and call her to come, so we settle things there.
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