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Kogi state governor appoints Mercy Johnson as Special Assistant
Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson has been appointed the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on entertainment, arts and culture to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
According to the report, she will be handling everything entertainment in her home state and this will be Mercy’s first political appointment.
Mercy Johnson’s appointment was announced along with 62 others, in a statement issued in Lokoja on Tuesday 14th March by the Secretary to the State Government ( SSG), Dr Folashade Ayoade.
According to the statement, the appointment takes effect from April 1. Dr Folashade Ayoade says the rationale for the appointments is to “fill key positions with the right people and to broaden inclusiveness in governance by bringing people from more communities on board”.
The breakdown of the new appointees showed that 54 of them will serve as Senior Special Assistants while nine will work as Special Assistants to the Governor as Federal Constituency Supervisors for the Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB) Connect Programme.
The SSG further stated that the appointments were made to recognise and encourage outstanding contributions to the New Direction Agenda
The statement said:
“The nine Special Assistants will also act as direct liaisons between the present administration and the Local Government Ward Coordinators of the GYB Connect Programme.”
Johnson, started her acting career soon after completing her secondary education when she auditioned for a role in The Maid, a movie that was to launch her into stardom.
Her outstanding performance in that movie paved the way for her into getting more roles in movies such as Hustlers, Baby Oku in America, War in the Palace, and many more.
Mercy Johnson is one of the most sought-after Nollywood actresses, irrespective of her marital status and number of children she has.
Mercy Johnson won the Best Actress award at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards in 2013 for role in comedy movie “Dumebi the dirty girl.”
In December 2013, Mercy Johnson was listed as Google’s Most Searched Nollywood Celebrity, a position she also held in 2012. In 2009, she also won an award for best supporting actress at the African Movie Award show.