The movie Man of God has been the talk of the entertainment industry for a while now.
With the movie premiere, it has a lot of popular Nigerian celebrities in it and it seems very promising to see.
Bolanle Austen-Peters, a multiple award-winning producer and director whose latest film, “The Man of God,” was recently published on Netflix, has explained what prompted her to develop the blockbuster film.
In a recent interview with Arise News, the producer stated the tale of “The Man of God” came to her in the same way that other struggling Lagosians have.
“ I have been studying about our society. I am a woman of faith, but what I found in Nigeria is that a lot of people have increasingly been driven into this crazy love for worshipping men instead of God.
“And a lot of men are turning this spiritual institution into commerce and they are using it for personal gains. So, I used the story of the ‘Prodigal Son by the phenomenal writer, Fola Dada and we tried to expose so many things; things of discipline, self-discovery and faith, wildlife and ultimately redemption.
“This is because I always try to get the message across to the people that what we are doing is wrong and what we can do better as a society,” she said.
Austen-Peters claims that she utilizes her art as a sort of social commentary.
“I am a student of literature and history. I believe that art is a powerful tool for us in our society to use, to depict all the things that are going on, and a possible escape for some of us who are traumatized by the things we see in Nigeria. And also, a redemptive tool for me as well.”
Austen-Peters said she creates a lot of theatrical plays that have the ability to touch people when asked about the story’s richness.
She believes that, given the high quality of Nigerian performances, particularly Terra Kulture, the country has a possibility to compete with any western production.
“So in directing over the past 10 years, I understand how to make a connection with people. This is because what’s often lacking in a lot of productions is the ability to connect.
“So, once the emotions are not there and people can’t feel what you are saying, you have lost the audience,” she said
The film ‘Man Of God,’ starring Akah Nnani, Osas Ighodaro, Prince Nelson Enwerem, Dorcas Shola Fapson, Atlanta Bridget Johnson, Patrick Doyle, Jude Chukwuka, Eucharia Anunobi, Shawn Faqua, Mawuli Gavor, and Olumide Oworu, among others, tells the story of a man who abandons his harsh religious upbringing to live his own life, but sam’s soul is encased in two triangular structures.
Three ladies battling for his heart on the one hand, and the love of God, hunger for money, and deep animosity for his father wrestling for his soul on the other.
The movies seem to have realistic features in it and it’s thrilling just by reading about the content, kudos to her for this.