It’s fair to say the palpable presence of the holy spirit was felt when the highly anticipated Christian Movie, STEPPING INTO MAGGIE’S SHOES drew VIPS from top Churches in Nigeria to the Ballroom of the Oriental Hotel, Lagos last December.
Titilope Oshunlalu covered the well attended Event which had in attendance VIPS like Dr Daniel Olukoya, General Overseer of Mountain of Fire And Miracles, and his wife,Pastor Mrs Folashade Olukoya . Also, the highly popular woman of God and philanthropist, Iya Aladura Esther Ajayi, Pastor Leye Adeboye, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo,Revd. Gbeminiyi Eboda,Dr Israel Kiristilere, Pastor Amos Fenwa, Dr Emmanuel among others.
According to Veronica Folorunso SIMS, executive producer, “This is probably the first of its kind. We are producing a Christian movie with content everyone can attest to, yet we’re doing it in such a relatable and delectable way.”
Stepping Into Maggie’s Shoe, SIMS, a DEEP THOTS FIILMS in conjunction with Opeyemi Akintunde Productions adapted from its namesake book also authored by Opeyemi Akintunde is directed by David Kola Okeowo, written & produced by Opeyemi Akintunde,D.O.P is Angel Alake,Light Designer is Sola Texas Eleazu,Sound Designer is Kafari Kadzai,Continuity is Seun Oni and Executive Producer is the hardworking Veronica Folorunso.
SIMS is a love story that deals with most of the issues in the body of Christ, which aims to correct,heal,restore,direct and hopefully speak the mind of Christ to the church. It boasts an impressive cast that includes veteran actress Liz Aweye(formerly Benson), Euchariah Anunobi, Femi Jacobs, Opeyemi Akintunde, Veronica Folorunso, Mike Abdul and many more.
Virtually all the G.O and Senior Pastors of Nigerian churches were invited and those who could not make it were ably represented.
The concert featured top artists who lit up the stage vis Beejay Sax, DVG, Nonso, Bidemi Olaoba, Tope Alabi, Beulah Acapella and more. Other top showbiz celebs in attendance included Mama Rainbow, Liz Anjorin, Lanre Teriba AKA Atorise,Woli Agba, ID Ogungbe, Kenny Saint Brown and so on.
In her remarks, the producer and writer of the movie said she wants everyone that watched the movie to learn and be touched by the spirit.
Mrs Folorunsho Veronica emphasised why it is important to use three of the seven mountains of societal influence ( Religion, Media and entertainment) to produce good and positive platforms or else we blame ourselves.
She thanked sponsors who supported the project vis Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM), Esther Ajayi Foundation,Unilever,Coca-Cola,Wema Bank,Belinda Shoes, Marvin Shoes and Bambi Shoes who gave them several Shoes to give out at the Event. Also, Irin Ajo Travels who gave Tickets to London and Dubai for five Lucky guests. Yvonne Travels and the impressive Modern Properties who gave a Plot of Land to be given to a worthy winner.
Dr Daniel Olukoya of MFM in his speech touched on how the film is not to condemn anyone but like the Prodigal Son we can retrace our steps into the warm embrace of our God as Jesus is waiting eagerly to restore us to the joy of salvation.
Opeyemi Akintunde,the Producer and writer of SIMs Movie and Book
I am Opeyemi Akintunde, a gospel novelist, I write novel, I am also a faith based film maker, I make faith based film and you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram @opeyemiojerindeakintunde
Q: Can you explain the movie/storyline to prospective viewers?
Stepping Into Maggie’s Shoe is a love story that teaches us basic things we need to know about Christianity. It is wrapped around the love story that happened in the church. Many wish to be in the pastor’s wife’s shoe but did not know what it was really like.
Q: What do you want the viewers to learn or gain from the movie.
To understand that, don’t wish to be in someone else shoes because you don’t know how it works.
Q: Word to your fans
Wow, to all my fans to all those who are reading my novels, I love you all. Thank you for pushing me into success, you know, when one novel is ended, they have a way of asking me when are we expecting the next?
Q: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years
Making more movies for God.
Iya Aladura Worldwide, Esther Ajayi
Q: Kindly introduce.
My name is Rev. Mother Abimbola Esther Ajayi from Christ Generation Church, Cherubim & Seraphim,where the glory of God showers.
Q: You have a signature natural smile, what is the secret behind it?
The Joy of the Lord is our strength, and is new every morning, every day Lamentation 3:23b.
Remark: We are proud to have a female like you doing so well in the ministry.
Q: What are the challenges you face as a white garment member and wearing your garment wherever you go?
It makes me feel as if they don’t know Jesus.John 3:16 says,for God so loved the world and He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life, Christianity is all about love,1st Corinthians 12 says,I don’t want you to be an ignorant.The body of Christ is not divided, it is because people are ignorant,that is why they do segregation,you understand what I mean?u.Until when the love of Christ is paramount in people’s heart,that is when they will understand that we are one.
Q: How do you relax?
Ha! I do relax o. I love exercise a lot,I do yoga,I love swimming,I just do my thing for Jesus.
Q: What can you say about the organisers of SiMs?
Yes, It was Mrs Folorunso Veronica that came to me,I could feel the positive energy coming from her and if anything like this comes my way,I don’t relegate them.
Liz Benson- Ameye
Q: Can you tell us your role in the movie?
I played the role of Mimi,Happy’s mum in the movie, stepping Into Maggie’s Shoe. Outside being an actor, I see the story line in the movie as a message of salvation as God was able to use Happy to bring the man of God, her husband back on track.
Q: You have been in the Industry for decades now,what is the secret of your good looks?
Nothing else but God,the air that we breath, everything we own is all about God,I have nothing to say than to say it is only God,I can’t lay claim to nothing but God.
Q: What do you want viewers to learn in the movie?
The movie is about salvation,Jesus is the way,we are the light of the world and as children of God,being the salt of the earth by accepting Jesus and giving our lives to God,we need to show the light in our life which is what the movie, Stepping Into Maggie’s Shoe is all about
Q: A message for your fans.
I love my fans so much and pray God’s blessing upon them,God’s will in their lives also as they step into their purpose of God’s will.
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