What other day is best to be inspired by the life of Joshua Mike Bamiloye if not on his birthday. If you read till the end, you will be inspired with his biography, what growing up was like for him and his future aspirations.
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.Joshua Mike Bamiloye
Joshua Mike-Bamiloye, the second child of the famous Nigerian gospel dramatists and evangelists, Mike and Gloria Bamiloye is 29 years old today. He was born to the Bamiloye family on the 7th of November, 1991.
Joshua Mike Bamiloye otherwise known as JayMikee is a music producer, graphic artist and a dramatist. He studied Mass Communication at Bowen University, Osun State, Nigeria. He began his music ministry career at the age of 14 as a background music and sound effects producer for Mount Zion Film Productions. He is married to Tolulope Mike Bamiloye, the daughter of Pastor Johnson Odesola who is the Assistant General Overseer and Pastor in charge of Region 1 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
In an exclusive interview with Kemi Filani’s blog, Joshua Mike Bamiloye reveals more about himself.
Joshua Mike Bamiloye’s childhood
- 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.
- 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.
Joshua Mike Bamiloye Skills and Ministry
- 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.
- 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.
The day Joshua will never forget.
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.
Putting this article up is our own way of celebrating Joshua. Sharing it could be your own way of celebrating him. Happy Birthday to Joshua Mike Bamiloye!