‘Most of the marketers are like my big brothers’
TALENTED actress, Mercy Johnson Okojie sure knows her onions. She has been the toast of movie producers in Nollywood for a very long time. News of her alleged ban by marketers came to town a couple of days back. The rumour mill had it that she was banned because her fees were too high.
ENCOMIUM Weekly took her up on this and more in this interview.
How does it feel to be back after giving birth to your baby?
I am happy, it feels great. I love the aura that surrounds it. It is good to be back to work.
What would you say you missed while away?
I missed Nigeria.
How will you describe motherhood so far?
It is very tasking and demanding. It’s a thing of joy and love. I enjoy everything that comes with motherhood.
Has anything changed about you since you had your baby?
Yes, a lot. Motherhood has a way of changing women, ask any woman. Taking care of my baby, my home as a mother and a wife. My husband is wonderful, tolerating and very understanding.
How have you been juggling your career and motherhood, that is, staying for days on location?
Initially, it was not easy for me but thanks to my mother-in-law and my hubby. I have the most wonderful mother-in-law who treats me like her daughter. She looks after Purity anytime she comes around. My husband is the best husband any woman can have. He allows me to be all that God wanted me to be, and he is very supportive.
When you were pregnant, you interpreted a role, Baby Oku in America, what was the experience?
As a role interpreter, everything you do has to be artistic. It was fun. Work is work whether you are pregnant or not.
How does it feel to be one of the most sought after actresses in Nigeria?
It feels good. It makes me realize that they see the best in me and my work is being appreciated. I appreciate all the marketers, producers and colleagues who have in one way or the other contributed to my career. Without these people, I don’t think I could have been where I am today.
What will you attribute your success to?
I would have to give all the glory to God. He has helped me and of course my husband. I have tried as much as possible to give my best to the industry and I cannot say I have arrived yet, but it is obvious that I am not where I used to be. I will continue to do more by the grace of God.
Recently, we learnt you were banned by movie marketers because of you high fees, what is your reaction to this?
The head of marketers told me there is nothing like that and I am still getting new scripts. Beyond that, they have been my major pillar of support and I have been well behaved too (laughs). If I must add, majority of them are my big brothers. So, I don’t know why such story is flying around.
Would you say marketers are biased?
There is no ban so there is no cause of being biased.
– AJOKE ONITOLO