Today, April 13, is the 60th birthday of one of Nigeria’s most respected evangelist, actor, and president of Mount Zion Drama Ministry and Mount Zion Television.
The filmmaker who founded Mount Zion on August 5, 1985, has touched many lives across the globe through his numerous inspiring and educative Christian movies. His debut drama, titled ‘Hell in Conference’ was staged at the National Christian Teachers Conference at Ilesa, Osun State in 1986 with many in attendance.
When you talk of Christian movies in Nigeria, the most resounding name you hear is that of Mike Bamiloye. He may not have shot the first Christian movie, however, his contributions made the genre popular and gained acceptance across the country. Today, his films are subtitled in various languages and sold across the world.
Mike Bamiloye was born at Ilesa, a town in Osun State on April 13, 1960. He was trained at Divisional Teachers’ Training College at Ipetumodu where he began his career.
He has featured, produced and directed several Nigerian Christian films over the years. Some of his classic movies are ‘The gods are dead’, ‘Apoti Eri’, ‘The great mistake’, Haunting shadows’, ‘The fruitless tree’ ‘The forgotten ones’ and a lot more.
He is married to beautiful and God-fearing Gloria Bamiloye, who is also an actress and evangelist. As his better half, Gloria supports him in his drama ministry.
They are blessed with three children Damilola, Joshua and Darasimi Mike-Bamiloye. Damilola and Joshua have passionately followed in their footsteps of their parent in acting, scriptwriting, and movie production.
Mike uses his social media pages, especially is Instagram to preach Christ, drop motivational quotes, encourage people as well as talk about his life in order to motivate people as well as touch lives in his own special way.
So today being his 60th birthday, his sons took to social media to celebrate their father who they describe as their pillar.
His first son, Damilola penned down:
“Happy birthday 60th Birthday Daddy … All I want to say is thank you Jesus! Thank you for protecting our father, thank you for being is strength, thank you for being is pillar, thank you for your inspiring him with amazing movies, thank you for making him relevant to this day. Thank you Jesus!”
His second son, Joshua Mike Bamiloye also wrote:
“Happy Birthday Dad! 60years and still waxing strong, it’s nothing but the grace of God and we pray you more of it in as you step into a new chapter. We love you!”
Also, there has been so much show of love for this man of God who is worthy of celebration as he turns 60.