NOLLYWOOD screen diva, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, added another year in the week, and chose a special way to mark the day. Instead of throwing a shindig and popping champagne with friends, the actress decided to celebrate it by sparing a thought for the less-privileged children in the society.
In a message tagged “A Message From My Heart”, Mercy poured out her heart, saying: ”Today, I thought of many things I would love to have as birthday gifts, and the many dreams I am still pursuing. In all of this, I’m not losing sight of the fact, that if not for God, I might have ended up on the street like the many kids and young adults begging for food, and some prostituting to make ends meet. If we know the circumstances that forced some of these people into the street, we would spare a thought for them. I am where I am today purely by the grace of God and the grace of people who believed in me from the word go.
“Recently, I was at the Boys Reform Home, Oregun, Lagos, and the discussion I had with the principal, Mr. Kotun, and much later, with the Special Adviser in charge of all remand homes in Lagos, set me thinking about the boys and girls on the street. They have dreams too. Can they fulfill those dreams on the street? The answer will likely be no; because I won’t be where I am today if I ended up on the street. For this reason, Mercy Johnson Foundation will be doing a lot to get kids off the street. We are not asking people for money or donation. I will do all I can with the resources God has given me, and with the support of my husband to help get these kids off the street, and set them on the path where they can begin to pursue their dreams…”