Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Birthday Message From Mercy Johnson To You

Here is what her publicist sent in.

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 force some of these people on 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, 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. I want to plead with people, fans, friends and colleagues to spare a thought for the children on the street. We can begin by educating people around us, parents, the children and people in charge of children (Oga-house help relationship, teacher-student relationship, and others) on the need to treat every child like the future of Nigeria depends on it. And truth be told, our future will not be all that enjoyable if we let the scourge of ‘street-children’ fester.

By then, the rich will begin to cry. I learnt Lagos State Government has 11 homes where most children picked from the streets are kept, reformed and reunited with their families after counseling.

That is an initiative Mercy Johnson Foundation will be supporting and beyond that we will be going to different states to help spread the message-Get kids off the street, save the future. From tomorrow, I will begin to replay some of the lessons I learnt at the boys’ reform home and we all can contribute to getting the kids off the street. I am grateful to everyone that has sent in a birthday message, tweet and gifts.

Thank you and God bless you. Mercy Johnson Okojie

34 comments:

  1. Awwwww,S̶̲̥̅o touching,thats Rε̲̣̣̣̥ally a Nice thought........May thy Lord Help Α̲̅πϑ Bless her Inorder to fulfil this....(Amen)Love you so much Dear

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  2. U v heart of gold and u r d true definition of ur name! May all ur days be a landmark of unending success. God bless u loads~

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  3. Story that touches the heart. Lol

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  4. I ve always loved mercy Johnson as an actress nd I hate those who hate I didn't know we ve similar ideas nd share birth month my bday was yesterday 27th. so am wishing u happy bday nd May almighty God bless ur hurstle .

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  5. 9ice, but how come no 1 wanna remember d 1st wife nd kids? o dikwa njo!

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    1. Same question on my lips every time i read about her!
      How quickly people forget!

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    2. Your point being? You seem to know more about them than they know about themselves. Find a stone and hide under jo.

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  6. I love mj,God bless u

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    1. She is married so backoff

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  7. When u like an actress, beauty is non de facto

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  8. NIGERIANS, YOU ARE INDEED BLESSED! GOT SO MANY TALENTED PERSON LIKE MARCY JOHNSON, I must say Mercy HAS GOT BEAUTY & BRAIN! we hear everyday people starting projects to help the less advantaged groups and at the end we dont know what happens. I like Mercy's approach. She is asking for IN KIND donation from people in the society to find the source of street children, what is to be done, and finally make the problem disappear that is EDUCATION resource. She leaves the other resources to be her worry as founder of MERCY JOHNSON'S FOUNDATION. what a strategy! MAY GOD BLESS YOUR PLANS, MAKE IT REALITY. you know we Africans have got ignorant in us. The few rich are proud to be rich, walking among the poor, enjoying their misfortune. Mercy is blessed with a beautiful home, a husband together they make a very beautiful family, but she is so concerned about other people outer their who are very much poor.They are struggling to survive. She thinks the society can never be a good society if it is comprised of people who are uncertain about their future, that way violence, evil acts, and the like are likely to emerge. Dear God, can we have the liking of Mercy Johnson in every African nations? GOD BLESS AFRICA.

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  9. Well it is a good thing that this celebrities flash back to where they are coming from

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  10. Everyone just wants to have a foundation.It is good anyway.

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  11. Happy birthday mama

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  12. Well i think God has arrested your heart to do so.May he strengthen you.

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  13. Almost everybody came from the street,it is only God that will help us all

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  14. Hmmmmm i'm still not convinced, is this really mercy johnson???

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  15. Happy birthday MJ

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  16. You are not asking for donation and you are posting it for the world to see?? That's an indirect way of asking for donations

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    1. Stupidity runs in ur family,I don't knw u n I av 1word for u,grow up n starting thiking straight.read d letter well n understand b4 u carry ur dry brain come here

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  17. Well done mercy, celebrating your birthday by putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged.God bless you

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  18. It's so nice to have our celebrities think this way, i hope others learn from this good deed


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  19. Foundation is a good idea but what people are turning it into this days is nothing to write home about.

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  20. I hope she accomplish her dreams

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  21. Happy birthday mercy

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  22. Good one mercy J

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  23. If it is what you want then may God give you all the support you want.Happy birthday to you.

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  24. Ride on God will see you through

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  25. Happy birthday messages

    Greetings.net

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  26. This is nice. Best wishes on your birthday!

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