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Determination

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Beyond my determination is the will to keep moving
Beyond my determination is the will never to stop
Beyond my determination is to overcome the obstacles
Beyond my determination is what i have to achieve
Why i started all that matters not what is holding me back
The road to success is rough, very rough and tough
I will sweat, suffer and will be at the point of giving up
The tunnel is very dark, darker than ever imagined
But my determination will make me see the light at the end of the tunnel
The road to success is filled with sinister, whirlwind, dark cloud,
But i will see the rain through perseverance, after the rain comes sunshine
Giving up is not an option beyond my determination
Because winners are willing to do what losers cannot.
Be Determined.
Article, Sport

Athletics: Game Changers

The world of sports has brought people together all over the world than our imagination, the winning of a team brings laughter to our hearts and faces regardless the country and tribe, we rejoice like we all are winners, the beauty and secrete is never told, no one knows the ingredients to the happiness, we all just celebrate.

It’s the gaming season, I must have been missing out as a lover of athletics to the number of games or events that are available for athletes all year round. It is miraculous how we celebrate a champion today in athletics and in the next event, not even a season, another one shows up.

As a Nigerian, I have watched my country winning lots of medals to not winning at all, I have watched the country being celebrate to not even being recognized, but trust me, I never gave up. I still believed in everything, it’s a game, there are other countries and athletes who are not my country men and women but who are athletes, hoping the someday, I will celebrate once again.

I became a celebrate of different athletes from different countries while I keep a watch on the upcoming ones from my country, Nigeria, I even watch out for Nigerians who do great wearing other country’s jersey. I was always happy for them while I shed tears of joy. Tokyo 2020 which was done in 2021 was a major turn around for athletes.

It became a miracle when we realized new breeds winning in the Olympics and other major events like Diamond League and World Athletics, countries still dominate but there are new breeds from other countries. It was almost a night mare when we realized USA men are no more in the lead but Canada and other countries, Jamaica now has female dominants. The world has been telling the “The Future Is Female” and we are seeing that in sports, in athletics, there are ore female dominate.

Now, let me mention and I stand to be corrected, Nigeria is coming up in the athletics, our track and field is no more slacking but filled with people that not only want to make the country proud but also themselves and their families. The Jamaicans are not looking back no more, I now see Uganda and Kenyan compete In 100m finals , athletics has changed, athletes are not scared no more, countries are not limiting their goals and chances, everyone now has a trial and winning goal, everyone literarily is an athlete at heart.

By: Nimota Idera Dauda-Ajao

Poem, Uncategorized

There Was A Time II

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There was a time
When the world was indeed the world
When humans acted human
When sentiment was not attached

There was a time
When normal was not abnormal
When things were done rightly
When life was seen as it comes

There was a time
When right was respected
When legal was legal
When respect was actually respected

There was a time
When happiness comes from within
When colour does not matter
When glory was given to the glorious

There was a time
When good name was better than it all
When dignity was sought after
When shame was regarded as shame and not jest

There was a time
When there were times
When we regarded time
When we really respected time.

Poem Response by Nimota Dauda-Ajao

Originally written by: Ridwan Akinwunmi Ajagbe of @sophocleshome.wordpress.com

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Movie Review

Movie Review: Blood Sisters

A Netflix original limited series produced by EbonyLife founded by Mo Abudu

The Movie Cover

PLOT

The power of a woman cannot be underestimated especially when in charge of a vital role that has her life involved, this movie show cases the commitment and tenacity of women, the love and support they share, their struggles and how they won their battle along side those who believe in and trusted them. It show cases the use of power in different life aspects, humans with different perspectives or approach to life or situations, truth and life itself as a whole meal one cannot finish but leave behind.

Blood sisters tells the story of two childhood friends turned sister as mentioned in the movie, who watch out for each other in all aspects and all forms. Kemi Sanya (Nancy Isime) and Sarah Duru(Ini Dima Okojie) were involved in a life changing event on the day of Sarah’s wedding engagement ceremony. Sarah was engaged to Kola Ademola(Deyemi Okanlawon), the head of the family’s business. A pharmaceutical business owned by the Ademola’s family. He dictates it all for the company, his family and also his relationship. He is an abuser, who humiliates the women in his life with the support of his mother who believes every woman wants him for his money.

Sarah Duru is engaged to Kola, despite the abuse, she was going ahead with the wedding despite the red flags from the relationship and the warning from her friend, Kemi. Few minutes to the engagement, Kemi persuaded Sarah to call off the wedding, in an attempt to discuss with Kola, he resort to abusing her again which led him to strangling Sarah, out of defence, Kemi, in the quest of saving her friend’s life, shot Kola with a gun. This is where the main saga begins. This made the sister be on the run for their lives for they know what could become of them from the hands of the Ademolas, especially their mother, haven killed their Golden son. They fled for their lives as all was put to risk to keep themselves from been apprehended while the chase never stops

Blood Sisters is a limited series of four Episode with different opening and joined story lines. It is filled with lots of suspense and brutal scenes.

  1. It’s a Bloody Affair
Engagement Day

Kola was murdered out of defence In this scene and was buried in a shallow grave, by Kemi and Sarah . The two sisters couldn’t tell but hide the secret within themselves while trying to go ahead with the wedding.

As it was noticed that Kola was missing, his friend was ask to make the announcement of his missing friend, Kola. Like Uduak said, “someone has to make the announcement.” She was indeed not happy with the wedding coming. The party was then dissolved.

The first episode tells the story of Kola’s Older brother Femi, who wants to have him dead out of jealousy of him running the company, with the help of his wife, an assassin was hired to kill him which was unsuccessful.

2. Run Sisters Run

Deliberation on how to abscond

The two sisters had to run for their dear lives. The police investigation had a case, when Kola’s body was found In a grave. The sisters ran out of their home for slum in the quest to leave the country, all thanks to Kenny( Ibrahim Suleiman) who was Sarah’s lover. It was glaring in this episode how Femi(Gabriel Afolayan), Kola’s elder brother and his wife, Olayinka (Bankole Kehinde), always wanted the role of Kola to be theirs. Though they had a failed mission to assassinate Kola in Episode 1, but they are glad, he is no more, this is out of jealousy. Timeyin(Genevova Umeh), who was their mother’s last child became a threat to them, she was forced to a strict rehab

3. The Hunt

Inspector Joe informing Akin what he is not aware of

The search for Sarah and Kemi continues as more secrets are unraveled about the Ademola’s family. They, Sarah and Kemi were faced with lots of escape challenged and almost lost their lives along the line. Kemi confessed to Akin (Daniel Etim Effiong), Kola’s best friend, who barley know much about his friend. And in this episode, Akin realized the kind of beings his friend was

4. The Catch

Timeyin, the show stopper of her mother’s show

The gathered puzzles were put together to solve different problems, both from the Ademolas’ and the sisters hunted for. Timeyin, the last child of the Ademolas unravelled the secrete of their mum, she put an end to the show her mother has been running for years.

Theme

Love

The meaning of love should not be over emphasized. Love should not be limited to a side, it should be shared and expressed to all. The love between Sarah and Kemi is beyond friendship which makes them blood sisters. Kenny’s love for Sarah made him lay his life in trying to save her for he was there for her in all hustles. I call the Love Upside down(lust), Abasiama expressing his love to Kola even after lots of battering, sexual and domestic abuse before marriage. The love between Yinka and Femi is unexplainable, they both could kill just for their bod to remain as they want it.

Betrayal

Timeyin has always had the betrayal of her mother, Mrs Uduak, who even said to her face that she is disgrace to her while she was trying to confide in her. Akin felt betrayed by not knowing who truly his friend is. It is no news that the force betrays the citizen they serve. They’d refuse to carry out their duty but rather play politics to power on what the authority informs them to do even at the expense of the life of the innocent. Akin felt betrayed by his friend, he never truly know who he was till his death.

Standing For Truth

Inspector Slo Jo Obasanjo( Wale Ojo) was the saviour of the movie who saved the blood sisters. He realized the truth and taped out lots of investigation even at the expense of his job online. Akin made it known to Officer Slo Jo that Kola was an abuser, after peaking with his ex girlfriends and visiting his secrete room.

Trust

The sister Sarah and Kemi has so much and believe in each other to have stayed strong and stayed true to themselves trhough hurdles they went through

Power Politics

Power was played, used and abused in the Ademola’s family especially. Mother Uduak was the ruler and controller while she made her golden son, Kola the frontline before his untimely death. She was justice carried out by herself without investigating the true matter. And the Police in charge of the case, who already had their pockets filled except inspector Jo, carrying out a hunt of criminals only for justice to be carried out by and individual and not through the court. This is REAL POWER ON DISPLAY

Sex and Romance And Sensual

The older Ademola, Femi, and his wife played a major role in this theme, they bond through roman and sex is far beyond imagination. Sex becomes their meal and drink to balance their diet. No matter the burning fire and going on trouble, sex and sexuality is the solution to their problem. Yinka, Femi’s wife always had the remote and available G-Spot for Femi to get him down to erotic romance. They became irresistible and inseparable. Their bond is beyond explanation.

Stockholm Syndrom

“Stockholm syndrome is a psychological condition that occurs when a victim of abuse identifies and attaches, or bonds, positively with their abuser” read more on :

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Abasiama is the topic is Stockholm Syndrome in this movie, despite the abuse she receives from Kola, she still pleads and cries to stay and marry her instead of Sarah. She believes she’s attached to Kola and wants to remain with him despite the toture she goes through, despite she knows how demonic he is and the kind of mother he has.

Cheat and Jealousy

Mrs Uduak cheated on her husband, Mr. Ademola even though he was realized in the movie, picture wise. That’s to Timeyin the show stopper who leaked her mother’s secrete and led us all into her real world and life. It was gathered that Mrs Uduak was jealous of her husband, she claimed she made her husband, Mr Ademola to become successful in Life, but she was not recognized for it. This made her not love the children she bore for him. She then cheated on him which resulted to Kola being born. She loved Kola more than her other children, Femi and Timeyin. Mr. Ademola upon realizing this, Mrs Uduak had to cover for by killing him. Timeyin knew this and kept it a secret.

We could tell the jealousy of Femi on his younger brother, Kola, he always wanted his position. This jealousy made him hired an assassin to kill him on his engagement day, though it was not successful. He always wanted his brother of line so he could step in as the King of the Ademola’s family business.

Failed Parenting

Timeyin kept her mum’s secrete for years, though she knows her mum shares no love or bond for her, this made her go into drugs. She resulted into drug abuse and she was abused for this when Femi and his wife wanted her out of the way so they could get what they wanted of the family’s business. She confined in her mum but she did not listen to her rather took her to a strict rehab where she’s never listened to.

Blackmail

The Photographer and Kemi

This theme has to be the shortest in the movie, I mean, funny but a serious issue. Sarah and Kemi were both blackmailed by the photographer while taking out the remains of Kola Ademola, while in the parking lot. The Photographer requested a ransom for the pictures he took, but his greed led him to his untimely death.I mean, may be intentionally done or not, the sisters needed their lives to be saved a their names to be cleared.

Mother Uduak

The Majestic Mother Uduak

I decided to make her a theme, she played a major role in the movie. who would ever think of why she never liked her other children? Who ever thought Kola was a bastard of the Ademola’s but born by Mrs Uduak? who could ever think she had a relationship outside her marriage? She’s got a lot and lot going on and her children took after her, even though she never liked it. She had her replica killed, other replica didn’t matter. She knew hope devilish her son, Kola, was, yet she believed in him and wanted to remain forever.

The Power Of A Woman

I emphasized this in the beginning of my writing, it is as good as this movie portrays the life of women, their struggles, their mistakes, their problems, if they took lessons from it, if they survived it. Let us start with the abuse of Sarah by Kola and how Kemi talked her into taking a stand. To how Sarah’s mum wanted her to go ahead with the marriage despite the suffering of her daughter because of money, then she realized her mistakes when it was late and commended her daughter to be strong. Kemi, helping her friend get out of abuse by self defence and staying by her till the end. Yinka, giving her husband the “Sexual and Sensual” courage to take on the family no matter what. Timeyin, the show stopper, she lit and put out fire, she killed it all at the end, this and many more shows the power of a woman in all life aspects. it cannot be diminished.

Conclusion

The truth, is there ever a kind of friendship like that Kemi and Sarah? Friendship of till death do us path, even marriages nowadays don’t like that long especially in that kind of trouble. And the course of Kemi cannot be defined, one would thing she wants to give up on her friend and in the next second, she’s looking out for her safety while she herself, Kemi, is in a greater trouble.

I could go on and on in writing more about this movie: Blood Sister, the movie is just perfect the way it is, I have no conclusion it goes on and on like it should never end. All the cast pulled their acts perfectly fine and well, even UncleB (Ramsey Noah) who barely speak much in the movie, had a great show in the movie. nothing is bad, nothing in nothing in the movie. This is also one and part of the great coming New Nollywood.

Kudos to the crew, all pulled great act in putting it all together, it comes with great suspense and pure story, that is true t watching and hearing. And the wardrobe is more that expectation, especially Mother Udauk. She looks like she was always going to the RED CARPET in every outfit. This is a completed work that has put Nollywood to the top of its game.

Movie Review by: Nimota Idera Dauda-Ajao of neematdiary

Thanks for Reading.

Letters, Uncategorized

A Request

Dear God, I know not what to say, but I’ll say thank You. Thank you for everything. Everything You’ve done for me, I give thanks. You are the decider, I do not know what to do. I am here and here again. Should I keep going, stay where I am or move backwards. Or should I just change my location forever?

I’ve worked and played, I have cried and wiped my tears, I have been angry and calm, I have been sad and happy, I have friends and foes, I have lovers and haters. I have given and taken and I do it all and all. I have no one to face, I have no one to look at or onto and I have no one’s shoulder to lean on. Here I am at Your feet asking for a burp.

What more can I ask, what more do I need, what more can i ever want, what else do I want to become. I can only strive to be a better me. I can only want and want more for myself, but I know that You alone knows my need.

Dear God, my tears spread my pen ink to liquid, it could not form to write the letters. I am not in pains, but I am In need, my heart is heavy, Only You I can pour it to. No man is a helper except the one You sent.

My body is weak but I give my soul to You to keep strong. My mouth Is shut but I could tell it to You my issues. My eyes won’t stop bleeding tears, it’s uncontrolled, You alone I tried to tell it all to.

The betrayal I have received from men has widened my eyes and here I am, In tear of pains and sorrow, seeking Your face in all that concerns me, as I ask You take control of it all. Dear God, I thank You for making me go through this phase and still could crawl back to You. Dear God, even the letter I have not written, You have read it. You know my right time, grant me patience to pull through.

Letter To God by Nimota Idera Dauda-Ajao

Poem

Our Land

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The Land 
Where with is tilted
A fertile land 
With no blemish

The soil to cultivate
To farm, and it yields
Fruits worthy 
Worthy enough to germinate

The earth is blessed 
With fertile lands 
There fro us to choose 
To plant crops of a kind

How we choose our land 
Matters to the fruit 
we intend to have 
And cultivate

The earth is the soul
The soul we have chosen 
Chosen as our fertile land 
Land to tilt

The earth is her
Poem

The Tears Not Shed

A wasted life
Like a wasted effort
Wishful thought
Like a refreshed life

A life of regret
Leaving the fingers
Hanging in the middle of the teeth
Crying bitterly, without tears

A sorrowful thought
Running through a shallow mind
A mind that yields not 
To severe warnings 

A mind of anger
Raging like thunder
Dangerously sparkling 
Of perilous lightning 

Like the atmosphere of war
About to the wage the community

 A life filled with humiliation
Upon affected emotion
yet, no solution
That knows no morrow

A rejected and dejected life
Whether it will be met or not
A mind flogging its life
Yet, consoling itself

A mind pondering of what's left of it's life
A mind never to give up on its life
A mind hopeful of life again.
Islam, Religion

Ramadan Session: Compassion

Compassion in a simple definition is treating people the way you want to be teated. Compassion can be defined a the act of sympathetic pity and concern for the suffering of others or misfortune of others.

A compassionate person is a good listener who renders shoulder to lean or cry on. Such person show act of kindness without thinking of anything, and can be so good and kind to a total stranger.

How compassionate are you, is it a show off? are you expecting a thank you or glorification in return? are you expecting a reward afterwards.

Quran 1:1-3 speaks it all

In the Name of Allah—the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

All praise is for Allah—Lord of all worlds,

the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

God is the most Compassionate, the most Merciful. He gives to whom He will and guides whom He wants without looking back and seeks nothing except praise and thanks.

Compassion is mentioned in all of the chapters of the Quran, for every beginning, we mentioned compassion. This alone is a lesson to be compassionate to not only ourselves but to the people around us.

How many verses are we going to quote from the Quran without Saying “Bismilahi Rahaman Raheem” except the one that was one that was angrily delivered.

Quran 55: says it all. Quran 55: 1-4

The Most Beneficent (Allah)!
Has taught (you mankind) the Qur'an (by His Mercy).
 He created man.
He taught him eloquent speech.

Quran 55:13
Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

Being compassionate is the best thing we can do to ourselves and give to our fellow being. Here are the good things in being compassionate

.  It takes away stress
.  One is never sad when showing act of kindness. A compassionate person stays happy 
.  The heart of a compassionate person is always at peace with Allah
.  Hatred is never in one's thought when one is compassionate
.  People are appreciated and one appreciates oneself 
. A compassionate person is harmless. As in, there is no arm in doing good

This and many more.
May Almighty Allah make us pious and accept All our deeds.
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Life In-Between

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Religion is not war
Religion is not human difference
It teaches love and humanity

Dear son, 
Riches and gold I cannot give
But I can teach you life lessons
Lessons you can pass on to you own generations
I can take you to places
Places to see people

I can point to you who I know
I can point to you what I know
But I may not 
Be able to make you talk to them

Dear son,
The position of that man, today
Is not forbidden to anyone
You can get there too.
A lot is required,
A lot, I myself cannot explain

The man in the vehicle 
Guided by lots of security 
Is born of man
Created by the same God we serve

All I can say is 
Thread gently
Think wisely
Be calm and kind

Stay true to yourself
Be good to people no matter what
Be obedient even if no one sees you
Have a clean heart

Dear son,
I cannot say it all
But I want this day to remain in you
I want you to remember this day
And many days yet to come, 
we will have lots of memories
For you to learn life lessons.

Poem by Nimota Idera Dauda-Ajao
Photo by Tolani Alli
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KEEP YOUR PRIDE

The reality of life
Is the appearance of the unexpected visitor 
Whose presence, takes his guest to a cross road
With or without notice

There is nothing sudden about it 
For it moves about Picking on it's next catch
Where he could laugh while people wail
Where it could mock while people are puzzled 

It's visit is like breakfast 
We all will have a taste
Our time only differs
And our meal differs too

No one lives forever
Even the crowned kings
Bow to it's presence
While the powerful, worships, while still taken away

Wailers should wail no more
It will always come within us
We only seek more space and time 
Before it's next strike

It's next abode we know not
it takes a strong heart to celebrate a transition
it's only a road to the other road
A road that leads to a home we all will arrive

So death! Be not proud!
This life is not a forever home
It's only a marketplace 
We will eventually take home our good.

A home we will live
A home we will forever be
A home where we worry no more
Of your arrival to our abode.
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Movie Review: Man Of God

Movie by Bolanle Austen-Peters:

Man Of God the movie tells the story of a young man who ran away from his harsh religious upbringing. He was caught up with the worldly lifestyle he enjoyed, leaving behind his family’s religious lifestyle. He rose to be deep rooted in his worldly life, performing music like late Fela Kuti.

Samuel played by (Akah Nnani), was caught up in the love triangle of three women, Rekya(Dorcas Shola Fapson), his girl whom they both own the band and sing together, Teju (Osas Ighodaro), his family friend who was always there for him, through education and other ways in life while Joy(Atlanta Bridget Johnson), who was Teju’s friend, became the love of his life, who is a spiritual girl he fell in love with unconditionally.

Though Samuel left home like the prodigal son, without giving it a re-think to go back, his mother was always writing him to come back home, while his father never left his thought. His quest to be deep rooted in worldly religion never left him. He always wanted more as he keeps seeking more.

The disappearance of Joy and Rekya in his life, made him pave way for Teju, who also loved him. They grew together while he performed in the church. There is this saying “you can only take a man away from the street, you cannot the the street away from a man”. Teju in her quest to keep Samuel to himself had to put up with all of his excesses, managing his ways and pretending to be spiritual. She has helped covered up a lot for him. She desired worldly life as well, but in a spiritual way, however it comes, she just want it.

Rekya appeared years later. Rekya was a hustler who made money through anything illegal , she talked Samuel Into way of setting up church for worldly reason, all aim is to make money. Samuel succumb to her advice and there was a birth of “The Viyard of Love Church”. Samuel earlier had lots of scandals in his former church, all was not forgotten, as there was death involved.

Rekya remained Samuel’s concubine, while both deal in illegal business using the church as a cover up. Joy showed up married but no longer attached Samuel, although Samuel wanted her backache was not ready to cheat on her husband. Samuel kept up with his life like a two-sided coin, till he met his Waterloo with Rekya.

Imagery/Symbol

Samuel

Samuel portrays the prodigal son in the holy book. He left his beautiful home for the riches of the world, and then after he has squandered it all, he wondered through life suffering, he decided to come back home to his father who welcomed his long lost son.

The Church

The church has two imagery in the movie, the good and the bad. Samuel set up his church claiming he has a calling which was not while his dad has a true faith, serving God wisely in his church.

Religion

True Religion is of truth and purity, accepting God and believing in Him, not having to follow the worldly lifestyle while being a man of God. Samuel portray religion as an escape to his bad ways by using it to cover up for his bad ways with the help of his girlfriend, Rekya, who uses church as their cover up means to their illegal businesses. Religion is serving and worshiping God, it becomes worldly when people decide to serve the Man of God instead of God Himself. No caution from the Man of God for he himself enjoys or is carried away with the self acclaimed saviour he his called

Music

Good music gives positive message to people, shares an understanding of the society and believe. It binds people together with mutual love and goals, without spreading conflicts. Music is portrayed in two ways in this movie: First: worldly gathering, as seen by the religious mindset, where Samuel portrays himself as “Abami” performing like late Fela Kuti who uses his songs to send message to the society tackling fake religious people and bad politicians. Samuel did this due to his upbringing. Secondly, gospel music, Teju made Samuel take up the job as a church artist, so he can preach the gospel through his music but was not achieved. Music can be performed anywhere so far a good message is being passed.

Theme

Love for Human

There is a love triangle in this movie between Samuel and the three women in his life. But Samuel was deeply involve with one of the, Joy. Joy loved Samuel as well but the inability to pit up with his way made her move on in life the moment he was out of her picture. Rekya’s love for Samuel was on a edge of achievement, it was an open heart to what they both stand to gain while she let him have other women into his life. Teju on the other side was ready to love Samuel even though he is a bad influence to her spiritual life, she still had to cover him up to he almost lead her to her loom, then she turned the table around. Samuel’s mother on the other hand, had unconditional motherly love for Samuel, she had Samuel in her heart all her life while he was on exile and later died of a broken heart.

Love For God

Love for God has projected in this movie can be viewed I different ways. Samuel’s father, Prophet Josiah Obalolu, truly served God for the love he has for Him not for worldly achievement but his son Samuel King on the other hand sees serving God as a way of setting up a church for business. Though Samuel was brought up in the ways of the Lord, which seems harsh to him due to his ways when he was young, he could not define his love for God. He was the prodigal son.

Acceptance

The theme of acceptance can be seen in different aspect in this movie. Rekya was the girl in the life of Samuel, but she accepted he could date other women despite their relationship. It was said by Rekya to Samuel “Just give am strong thing for one corner, she go free you” referring to Teju. Teju on the other hand doesn’t not want to accept the fact that Samuel doesn’t to belong to her, which is the reason why she had to unnecessarily put up with his excesses to the point of marriage.

Lies and Deceit

Samuel was not true to himself as he juggles his life religiously in deceit while living a bad portrayed life in secrete. He uses the church as a business entity and also to womanize, embezzling funds and doing illegal businesses. He lied to his wife Teju, he cheated on her with Rekya and other church ladies. This shows that he never loved Teju, he just needed to be with someone. He also wanted to Have Joy, but Joy stayed true to her faith and husband by not cheating on him.

Spirituality/God Calling

The theme of spirituality can be seen in Joy, who was a true minister of God and not for the fame or money to be made from ministering. Samuel lied that he had a calling which is a wrong and not spirituality. Teju’s spirituality is shaky, one could barely tell, if it’s true as she covers up a lot of misery for her husband, Samuel, until she got fed up due to the fact that she was left out in his new plan to life

MY CONCLUSION

The movie “MAN OF GOD” by Bolanle Austen-Peters is a great movie of all time, she portrayed the typical Nigerian religious society using Christianity. Christianity preaches love and kindness not harshness as Samuel as seen it. It take a true calling to be a minister not just waking up to become a pastor. Owning a church should not be a money making entity, not a gathering to run illegal business.A gathering to worship God and not worship the man of God. It is sad to witness what is happening in our society religiously today, men of God allowing people worship them in place of God, it happens in all religion, except the true ones.

My thought, my speculations: So, if Samuel was lucky enough to have married Joy, he might not have turned out to be who he later became. She might make him see through to a true ministering, love builds respect and there might be enough respect for Joy, he might not cheat on her. Joy would never have covered up all his bad acts, Joy would have made him visit his parents, may be his mother would not have died or would have died happily and not heart broken. Joy would have known if he truly had a calling. Joy was a true worshiper of God and not man

Teju made Samuel who he became. She truly loved him but may be he is not the right man for her to marry, or she Is not the right woman for him to marry. She became the demon who painted Samuel white even when he was black, and the moment she realized he was leaving her out of the picture, she resort to destroy his life drastically.

Truly, I called her the demon, i will also call her the angel who made him pay for all his ways of the past and made him find his way back home. He paid it all in full, and I know their part will never cross, even if it does, they are totally different people and the prodigal son already returned to his father’s house, the true man of God.

Rekya is an orphan, a goal getter who can resort to anything whatsoever to fetch her lots of money. she could do anything, just to be rich and be on top of the world, just for the world sake. Salvation is nothing to her.

Joy, true woman of God, with the heart of gold meant for Samuel, but fate never let them be. God has a way of planning things beyond our understanding, ways in which we ourselves could not explain. So is the case of Joy, though Samuel has tempting riches and affluence, Joy never let herself get carried away with it by still professing love for her husband. Joy is the true hero.

Movie Review by Nimota Dauda-Ajao. A movie by Bolanle Austen-Peters