What better way can we end the month? August was a lesson-filled month for us all as each week was dedicated to personal experiences of spectacular people and I am certain you found answers to the questions lingering in your thoughts. If you missed out on the whole package, here’s another opportunity for you to lift your spirit. I can boldly call my interviewee a man of purpose, he has taken his time to share with us all we need to stay focused and fearless. This is not a read you should miss, I wish you all a wonderful healing process.
As funny as it may sound, no one knows you better than you know yourself. You have graced our screens with your inspiring movies and I am certain people long to know you. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Joshua Mike-Bamiloye aka Jaymikee. I am a graduate of Bowen University (BSc Mass Communication). I am a Music Producer and a Digital Artist but over all, I am a Drama Minister under the Mount Zion Faith Ministries.
Rejection can come in two forms: from your loved ones and from those you hold in high esteem (those you expect to help you get to the top). How can one stay motivated?
The Bible says “… but those that know their God shall be strong and do exploit”. Knowing God on a personal level is the greatest motivation one can ever receive. Humans can disappoint at any moment, but God cannot.
What is your take on falling and rising stronger?
I believe as long as we are in this mortal bodies, we are not immune to mistakes and errors, this is why we should frequently strive to have more of God’s spirit in us. The more of God we have, the less of our flesh, the less likely we fall. That being said, when we fall, that’s the time to go back to God, because he is always ready to clean us up. We are only stronger when we learn from the past mistakes and look forward.
At the early stage of one’s life, it seems difficult finding a balance on what one really wants to make out of life. How can young people really discover themselves?
God is our manufacturer. He has the manual in His word. As we spend time with Him, he reveals to us our purpose, our vision and calling. It is mostly through what we find ourselves doing. The skills that we see ourselves interested in. Those are talents.
Kindly give your purpose discovery story.
I was born into the ministry, but I did not know my personal calling until JSS 3. I had interest in art and music but it was after producing the sound effects for one of dad’s movies in 2006 that I felt it strongly that this is where I belong. Dad saw my interest in music at the very beginning, he bought a keyboard for me, took me to music school in primary 3 to 5. Music lessons stopped but the interest continued till the day dad asked me to produce something for a movie he was working on. That was the beginning of the rest of my ministerial life. I have since produced music for 70 movies.
If you had the opportunity to address Nigerian youths for 30 minutes, what will be your topic of discussion and why?
It would be on “Discovering your Purpose” because a lot of youths have the strength and the agility, but not yet the knowledge of what we are called to do hence we run with speed but in a circle off to a wall.
What other things do you do apart from editing and acting?
I do a lot of digital designs, paintings, sketches and so on. I also produce sound tracks and sing.
A lot of people think success can only be achieved in their prime. Do you believe there is no stipulated time for success?
I don’t believe success is stipulated to a time frame since success could be in anything. One can be successful in the wrong thing. However, what the Bible calls “good success” (Joshua 1:8) has a time frame; God’s timing.
How did you handle peer pressure considering your background? Tell us what growing up looked like for you.
It was pretty normal. However, the name I carried gave me some sort of caution in life. This put me on a short leash, but it was to my advantage. Even at that, I still struggled with peer pressure in my secondary school days, but it always came down to who I was and whose child I was. Thanks to God for using my parents for me. They did an awesome job raising me in patience, love and understanding.
What is the worst statement you have ever heard about yourself and how did you correct people’s notion about you?
(Laughs) hmm… let’s see… I think I had been told in my university days that I was proud. The first time I heard it, I took it really serious and started brainstorming on how and where I seemed proud. But as time passed I understood that there was always a pre-conceived idea of who I was in people’s mind, their meeting me is usually to confirm what they already think about me. So any action I make would quickly link back to that notion. Since then, I stopped bothering myself and continued living to please God and be alright. Everyone will be fine.
How do you handle your social life, taking into consideration your ministry?
My ministry is intertwined with my social life. It’s not a tough struggle because I enjoy what I do. I don’t go out often, but I mix with people at the Mount Zion Film Academy, Mount Zion Institute, church, social media etc.
Have you ever suffered rejection? If yes, tell us about it.
Well, except the minor case of some people not accepting you because of what you stand for, no, I haven’t suffered rejection.
What is your view on breaking free from addictions?
The strength of addiction is in its secrecy. When we expose it to light, most especially to the light of Christ, it becomes less difficult to break away.
Fear is a major factor responsible for people’s inability to take risks. A lot of people want to make it big but they seem swallowed up by fear. What is your comment on this?
Living daily is already a risk haha. But I must say that as Christians, we aren’t meant to live like we’re gambling. We have the one who knows the end from the beginning living inside of us. Ephesians 1:18 says “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,” Ephesians 1:17-18 NKJV.
If you had the chance to rewrite your past, what would you change?
I would probably change the times I played rough, fell and scared myself.
How can we appreciate our little beginnings?
We appreciate our little beginnings by building on them and making the best of it.
What other genre of movies do you see apart from Christian movies?
Genre? Action, comedy, thriller, sci-fi, adventure.
What does My Inner Awesomeness mean to you?
Err… My Inner Awesomeness means Colossians 1:27.
Any advice for young people struggling out there?
I may not know what you’re struggling with, but I am certain that having a relationship with God is the best thing any body can possess. It answers every necessary question and doubt of life. I pray for enlightenment and clear knowledge as you face the challenges of Life in Jesus name.
Thanks for your time.
Thank you too.