Can we meet you?
My name is Olumide Oki. I am a native of Oka Akoko in Ondo State. Married to a beautiful virtuous woman of God – Olubunmi and blessed with two handsome boys – Samuel and Othniel.
I am a Pastor with Christ Mirror Chapel and a Drama Minister.
Can we know your educational background and ministerial studies?
I have my first degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Albion College, London and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Sunderland (UK)
I am a Graduate Member of Nigerian Institute of Management, an Associate Member of Institute of Finance and Control, Institute of Chartered Economics of Nigeria and a member of International Management Academy (UK) among others.
I have my Ordinary and Advanced Certificate in Christian Drama from Mount Zion Institute of Christian Drama and also a Certificate in Gospel Film Making from SPAACTS Film Academy.
Name of ministry and position held?
I am a pastor at Christ Mirror Chapel
It is under this that I have the Film Academy – Christ Mirror Film Academy and also the P2O Brand with concentrations in writing (PEN OF P2O), movies and online academy (P2O MOTION PICTURES)
When did you join/begin drama ministry?
The fact is I joined the Drama Ministry on the day I arrived on this planet earth because I cried – crying is also an Act (smiles)
Also, I have been involved in Church Drama from when I was a teenager
Officially, I joined the Drama Ministry in May 2017 after my Ordinary and Advanced Certificate Programs with Mount Zion Institute of Christian Drama.
What do you think it takes to be a drama minister?
The answer is simple…It is what took Jesus Christ to be a Drama Minister which is the Word from the Father “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”.
To be a Drama Minister, you need to be a Son in whom the heaven is well pleased and this involves ALL ABOUT BEING CHRIST-LIKE
How did you get into gospel filmmaking – the journey?
I got into Gospel Film Making through CALLING.
I was on the pulpit ministering in the year 2016 when I received a mandate from God directly. He said to me, “Now is the time to reflect me through motion pictures and I am sending you as a minister of life to undertake this assignment.”
Those were the exact words.
After the mandate received, I began to pray and it was impressed on my heart to attend the Mount Zion Institute. I planned for November 2016 session but because my wife was heavily pregnant then, I decided to postpone it to the next session which is May 2017.
And the rest is – TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Can you tell us your experience so far?
You can’t minister life to people except you carry life yourself.
The mandate of “reflecting Christ” and to be “a minister of life” has helped my personal relationship with God to grow deeper.
The experience can just be summarised in one word – AWESOME!
Which mistake will you like to correct if given the second chance?
To God be the glory, I have mentors and role models who are following Christ that I look up to and I have physical relationship with them.
They’ve been helping me as I journey on in the Pathway of Sons and I learn greatly from their words of wisdom and mistakes.
So, the Lord has been helping me as I move on.
How is their location (base) affecting their assignment as a gospel filmmaker?
I am not seeing any concrete correlation between these two factors that will bring about “affecting the assignment”
It is all about planning and making sure that there is balance in whatever I do.
Can you recall the numbers of work you have done so far (acting, producing, directing, shooting and other applicable ones )?
When I received the mandate from God and grow deeper in the spiritual understanding of the mandate through my Ordinary and Advanced Certificate from Mount Zion Institute of Christian Drama, I launched out with the strength of Abba Father by producing a short movie per day for 3 months.
So far, I have produced over 150 short movies and 6 Feature Movies.
I have directed about 20 as at the last time I was counting.
I have acted in most of my short and feature movies and with other ministries – I think I’ve lost count of this.
Your most challenging production and why?
ENITARAN is my most challenging for now.
Prior to the production of this Epic movie, I’m used to producing School Movies, Teens and Youth together with my friends and very few elders in the ministry but the production of ENITARAN involves going to the village for a week to shoot, the budget was different from my previous movies and I have most of the elders in the Drama Ministry in the movie most of who came to my production for the first time.
How do you balance the ministry and family, ministry and career, ministry and your walk with God?
This is simple…
Planning early and planning ahead.
I am graced to have a mentor who takes planning as number 1 and this has been helping me too.
Knowing what to do per time and doing it without procrastinating.
Planning early and planning ahead is key to balancing many aspects of lives.
To be a Drama Minister, you need to be a Son in whom the heaven is well pleased and this involves ALL ABOUT BEING CHRIST-LIKE.Pastor Olumide Oki
What should be expected from you soon?
Expect something deep.
I have something spiritic cooking presently. But I don’t want to say anything on it now.
How do you see to the commitment, contributions of the members to the ministry?
Well, I have not heard from God to have stand by members with me. The members are just me and my family.
Those who I have and often use are what I call friends and associates – they are not ministry members because they belong to one ministry or the other. Therefore, they are not under any obligations to make any contributions or commitments.
How have you been catering for the financial needs of the ministry?
The financial needs of the ministry is the responsibility of the owner of the business.
I have learn not to worry myself and learnt not to borrow money to finance His business. It is something I learnt early in life.
When He gives the go-ahead for a particular project, I go and trust Him fully to finance it.
Sometimes, He answers to the financial needs early and most times, it at the exact point of need.
Also, I will like to add that with the many things I do, I have not heard from God to go on full time, so I still work even though I appear to be on full time to people, that’s because I run my own business and this gives me time for the work of the Father.
Can you work in a secular film production and why?
The reason is that the mandate I received from God is not in alignment to work in a secular film production.
What should upcoming drama ministers expect from drama ministry?
Well, I will be frank with this question and this is it…
Upcoming drama ministers should expect nothing apart from what they have received from God before joining the ministry and if they have not received anything from God before joining, they should go back to God because the Drama Ministry is a ministry of selfless service. It is not a ministry you come to make money from producing one movie or want to make money overnight it is all about our walk with God and work for God.
In Drama Ministry, you don’t ‘blow’ like we have in secular world, rather you ‘blosom’
Who is your role model/mentor in the ministry?
Pastor Victor Olukoju PVO is my role model/mentor in the ministry.
I am privileged to learn from him at a close range.
Is there anything you wish to correct about drama ministry as a whole?
I’m not sure I have a direct answer to this but this is my line – let us walk with God and work for God.