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How my father made me a better person – Joshua Mike-Bamiloye

Joshua, the second son of Foremost Nigerian Gospel movie producer, Mike Bamiloye of Mount Zion productions, is a bundle of talents.

He is a Music producer and he presently has four successful albums, Digital artist, videographer and more.

Joshua often uses his hilarious Jay and Josh series on Instagram to spread the gospel of Christ.

Recall that on his birthday last year, his dad penned him an emotional tribute, describing him thus:

“”You as a very very busy person. Burying your head in your room, locked up working on several music’s and background sounds of movies and also editing movies tirelessly along side your Brother, Dammy.
The Lord had made you a Music Minister, composing a lot of songs for our movies.
The Lord has made you a graphic artist, making a.lot of the poster and jacket designs,
The Lord had made you our movie editor, editing many of the movies.
The Lord had empowered you to shoot many movies as the Cameraman.
Yet you have done all these as a full time minister, serving the Lord under your parents.”

In this interview with Kemi Filani Blog, Joshua talks about Growing up, life as Mike Bamiloye’s son and more, enjoy:

How was the year 2017 for you?

2017 was awesome. It was a roller coaster of experiences.

What would you say was your best achievement(s) in the last year?

My best achievements last year were the all the movies I was involved in: as the background music and sound effects provider, director of photography and/or editor. Eg Damilola Mike-Bamiloye’s Stalker, Gloria Bamiloye’s Family next door, greatest of all, Mike Bamiloye’s ABEJOYE.

 

Jay and Josh series

Then the few singles that were released and the few episodes of the Jay n Josh Series. Those were my best achievements.

What are your plans for 2018?

2018, by God’s grace I hope to do basically everything I did last year, only much better, plus releasing my 5th album, and a few music video… Amongst other things I can’t disclose yet

Is marriage part of those plans
No it is not, because it’s not yet time

How you do handle female advances towards you?

The truth is I’ve always wondered how to handle this kind of question because I don’t see myself as a “famous celebrity” who has ladies all over him. Lol truth is they don’t disturb me at all.
I get good reactions and feedback from people who listen to my music or see my works on social media and they’re males n females. They encourage me and motivate me n that’s it. I still enter taxi, walk beside d road and every other thing and no one has bothered me before.

How do you feel being the son of Nigeria’s pioneer gospel movie maker, Mike Bamiloye?

It feels great. it’s an honor to be directly linked to a legend in God’s kingdom. It’s an awesome feeling.

Does being his son, put a burden on you?

No, not at all. Rather it helps me to be a better person. Well you know how you can’t do certain things coz you’re a born again Christian? Now coz of the name I carried behind my first name, it didn’t allow me freely do certain things. Things that to the society is no big deal but coz of the level the name has placed you, you can’t be seen doing such. Those boundaries I saw as a burden while I was young, but as I got older It became a crown that made me always wanna do better.

How was growing up like?

Growing up was normal. We lived in Ile-Ife till 1998 and moved to Ibadan. The embodiment I lived back then didn’t make me exposed so the little the family and ministry had seemed like the norm. I wasn’t bothered if I ate corn all day, or if we took pap and tea for dinner (it was that serious back then) to me, it was just how life was.
We lived in the same area with other families in Mount Zion. So the MZ children met often. We were called the kings kids. We were gathered together by Mrs Grace Akintunde and taught songs and bible verses n so on. It was nice.

In dad’s tribute to you on your last birthday, you were described as a perfect son. How do you easily stand out especially with all these worldly enticing temptations facing the youth today.

Lol honestly its been the grace of God. It’s not about how long a person can pray or how many bible chapter you read per day. It’s by the grace of God.
As for the temptations facing we youths, I don’t consider myself a perfect son because I’ve fallen several times in my life. That’s why I thank God for the guidance of my patents, their prayers and teachings. Their wise counsels did a huge Goodwin my life. I guess that’s majorly what God has used to help me stand out.

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How do you juggle your graphic designing plus music production, movie editing and shooting all together? Do you have time to relax in all of these?

Lol another product of the grace of God. I must confess it’s not easy. It makes 2hrs never enough. But priority placement is also very key. I face what is more important at the time. And sometimes while on that, I’m doing the little things that require less time. Like while editing a major movie, I can quickly take a few hrs to make a design or something.
As for music, it comes compulsorily with a movie post-production. After editing, music has to be produced for it. So produce sound tracks and then a song that will serve for d movie and for my album. (most of my songs are inspired by one movie or the other)

How were you able to acquire all the skills?

Again… Grace of God.
Most of the skills were self thought and I know d holy spirit was very involved. So many things I learnt over time I later discovered in books n teachings especially graphic design and visual effects.
And then I sharpened my skills from different places. Online tutorials for graphic arts, and for music production I went for a training at Klin Mix Studio for a few months under the teachings of Mr Gbade Adetisola.

I’ still look keep my eyes open for ways I can develop myself. Coz I’m no where yet

It is amazing how you and your siblings are totally and fully involved in the Mount Zion film production and not been interested in other career lines. Was it what your parents wanted?
Lol like mum says sometimes, it’s a “Davidic” covenant. It’s meant to be passed from generation to generation.

Part of the reason we could connect with the ministry was because we were raised in it. We’ve been drinking the water and and eating d food of the ministry. We’ve seen the tough times and good times. We’ve seen God”s hand move on our behalf, we’ve seen miracles, we’ve seen testimonies of people who have been blessed by the productions.
I don’t think any child will grow up seeing all that and still wanna go do something else.

And what makes this ministry interesting is that’ it’s really wide. So many skills has a part to play. It’s not only about acting in front of a camera, there’s the technical side which is another world on its own. Music is part of it. Another example is my brother who writes scrips, directs, shoots, etc. My sister on the other hand is majorly a spoken word poet who also writes stories. I don’t write stories but I compose music and handle the editing and effects of movies. So u see there’s something for everyone

Is this temporary or it is going to go on forever from your generation to the next?

So I believe when the third generation emerges, they will also have a role to play.

Dad and mum have been happily married for almost 30 years now without any aches which is very very admirable. How would you describe the relationship between them and of course with you the children?

I wouldn’t say without any aches though. Ive learnt through them that marriage comes with its mountains and valleys, but a couple that knows their God will scale through.
The relationship between them is beautiful. You’d wonder how they aren’t tired of each other after so many years. They talk together alot, pray together and individually, travel together on mission trips, etc. You can see God in between them. Even when there’s a misunderstanding, a quarrel, it doesn’t exceed that point, that moment. If mum is blowing hot, dad is blowing cold and vice versa. I’ve learnt alot from their life styles just by watching. I’ve got so many things I’ll apply to my marriage.
And towards us, they’re awesome. Even when we know they’re really busy, we never feel neglected. Their daily teachings and words are constant, they aren’t “uptight” with us. So many things! But these are the basics.

Can you recount an experience/day in your life that you can never forget?

I can never forget my 400level experience. It’s the period I can say my body soul and spirit was tasked to the max.
I was the drama coordinator and so there was the time needed for the programmes: drama Night, drama festival and a picture play magazine.
Asides that my friend I embarked on a project to make a hilarious and exciting video documentary of the entire University. We started shooting at the beginning of the session and ended during the final year week.
Then my department was mass communication and in it had the movie projects, not to talk of the final year project itself.
With all that shrunk into 6, 7 months, I was surprised I didn’t break down more than once. God was faithful

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Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani Blog. When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Email: [email protected]

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