Rickety: A Short Film

This is a sponsored post.

Sometimes you love a person because of all the reasons they’re not like you…Sometimes you love a person just because they feel like home.

In this love drama, Femi realises the right kind of love he needs; and finds love through Ivy, his love who doesn’t show him love.

STARRING: Femi: Chris Okagbue Ivy: Gbubemi Ejeye Angela: Adefolake Otudeko

CREW: Written by: Oreoluwa Obaba Produced by: Oluchi Nsofor Oraka Nnanyelu Directed by: Oluchi Nsofor Executive Producer: Sulcata Entertainment Production Managers: Hope Nwachukwu Tareila Nabena Costumier: Kachi Onuoha Makeup Artist: Kachi Onuoha Cinematographers: Ezekiah Akande Onuche El’ Mustapha Establishment Shots: Walinteen Pro Sound: Spyritmyx Sam Dominic Adeola Matti Editor: Famous Odion Iraoya Colourist: Famous Odion Iraoya Production Assistants: Ufot Samuel Victor Adesiyan Omoha Joseph

Special Thanks to: Zavandi Jewelry Ibukun Adewunmi Shaibu Husseini Gbenga Babatunde Williams Williams

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The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Guest post from: Alex Sanfilippo

I have always been a very self motivated person. I always have a lot of goals in life; both short and long term. Having goals is not a bad thing at all. However, my problem used to be that I would set my goals above everything else. The number one priority to me was the things that I wanted. I was willing to push everyone to the side in order to accomplish the plans that I had set for my life.

Years ago, I decided to stop living for myself and start to follow the plans that God has for my life. Since then, I have noticed a change in my wants and desires. Things that I used to want, and have goals set for, no longer seem relevant to me. Isaiah 55:9 says that God’s ways are higher than our ways. Once I really started living for God’s plan instead of my own, I realized the truth in this verse.

I am writing this as someone who was set in their own ways; but is now completely transformed. I had my ways planned, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Once I surrendered to God by letting him guide my steps, those plans changed. Today my life is forever changed; I still have goals that I am motivated to achieve; but now I look at these goals through the filter of God’s word.

The transition to get to this place of transformation was a journey. Changing from living for yourself to following God’s plans isn’t always easy. These are two questions I will find myself asking that have been helpful:
“Is there anything in my life that I am fighting God for control of?”
“Is there something that I am still doing in my own way instead of trusting in Him?”

Today I want to encourage you to start to surrender to God’s plans. His ways are higher than yours, trust the steps that God will lead you to take. The true path to success is achieved by fully surrendering to His ways and dying to your own.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

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Life Moves Pretty Fast. If You Don’t Stop And Look Around Once In A While, You Could Miss It.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”(Matthew 5:16).

As Christians, we often talk about living our lives in such a way that others see God’s light shining through us. It’s the idea that actions speak louder than words. While the bible obviously conveys this principle in verses such as Matthew 5:16, it’s always a blessing to see it in action. We get to see this principle at work when we look at someone and just see life radiating from them. It is not really about what they are doing or saying, but about how they are going about it. It’s always an amazing site when you see life sparked by a revelation of Christ’s love just pouring out of someone. It is impossible to miss.

Recently, I made a new friend that has really challenged me in this regard. He has challenged me in a very beneficial, life giving way and doesn’t even know it. At first, this guy sort of took me by surprise. I almost missed it. I mistook his energy and enthusiasm as an attempt to gain attention and notoriety from others. Quite frankly, that pushed me away at first. However, when I really took the time to observe, and watch his interaction with others, I realized that he was truly just radiating with the Holy Spirit. It is absolutely contageous when someone is going through life that way. This is especially noticable in people who have just given their life to Christ. You can just look in their eyes and see that there is something different, something supernatural going on. It attracts people like a magnet.

Now here is the challenging part. In the above paragraph I said, “I almost missed it.” That is a pretty scary statement. The transformational, revitalizing love of God was pouring out of someone right next to me and I almost didn’t recognize it. Why is that? It’s because the things of God were becoming common place and habitual in my life, and God used this man to fan the flame inside of me. God used this man to remind me that walking with Him is not about religious practice or doctrine, or even about filling up our schedule with minstry related activities. Walking with God is about the life changing power of love that pours out of us and onto others when we are walking closely with Him.

Unfortunately, we are all susceptible to this as human beings. We are creatures of habit. We can get so comfortable and set in our ways, and this includes our walk with God, that we resist anything that might disrupt the comfortable, familiar world we have created. This is exactly why the Pharisees and Saducees, who claimed to understand God better than anyone else in their day, didn’t even recognize the Son of God walking right in front of their faces. They were clinging too tightly to the familiarity of the traditions they had created.

The infamous Ferris Bueller said it very well, although he said it for very different reasons. In this excellent 1986 film, the main character sums of the movie with the line, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” True life only comes from the giver of life, and He is constantly beckoning us to embrace it. If we don’t stop and allow Him to interupt our habitual routines, we could miss His voice speaking life directly into our ears. Stop and look around today. Allow yourself to be motivated by His love.

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. – John 6:63

Celebrating Mothers In The World

Mothers are incomparable figures. Without the immense sacrifices of our mothers, we would not even be in this beautiful world today. Apart from bringing us here to see the light of this world, our mothers also have raised us with pure love, affection and care. We might not often have the time to express our emotions for them, but on a mother’s day, we can cast away all the shyness and take some time from our busy lives to say thank you to our mothers. So, we should all have some time to show her how thankful we are for her sacrifices for us

On this very special day, I want to let you all know that you are the best Mother’s in this world and I’m proud that I’m a son!

You taught me everything I needed to be a good human being. You are not only my mothers but also a teacher!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Unconventional Follower of Jesus Christ

I think you can follow Jesus and still be a unique, complicated individual. I think that’s the only way to authentically live. To be yourself. Lately, I’ve run into situations where I feel the need to be someone I’m naturally not, just for the sake of appearing to be a Christ follower to the world.

Here is the truth. I don’t always make it to church on weekday services. My favorite music most times are fast rap, rap and alternative rock, also am a deep fan of worship, a far cry from original hymns and choir songs. I like to spend time with all kinds of people, most of which do not share my beliefs. I make inappropriate jokes a lot of times and often don’t even come close to living the way I should according to what Jesus wants for me.

But doesn’t He already know this? If I lived in the time when He was ministering to people on earth, He would have probably had to call me out of a tree too. The issues I struggle with are the same as everyone else regardless if they admit that or not.

Here is the thing. Jesus loves us all. Regardless of where we are at. He wants your heart to be pure and your intentions to be genuine, above all else He wants you to love. To love Him with everything you have and then love other people with the same sincerity. No matter who they are, what they believe, or how they act. Just love them.

This is not easy and it never will be. You will grow and change and become wiser with time, but you will still struggle with this forever because it’s in our very nature to do the complete opposite.

This is why we need a God that is real and true and is the epitome of love. We are not able to love perfectly on our own. Someone must pick up the slack. The more we try to model a life-like Jesus, one that loves others and encourages them, I think we will find a better balance between radical Christianity and “watered down” versions.

Love God and love others. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you must be a mindless drone with no personal sense of self. It is the complete opposite, in fact. You don’t have to abandon your beliefs to reach unbelievers. Never be so narrow in your faith that you won’t even entertain the idea of associating with people who differ from you. Never be so radical that you deter people from even considering exploring your faith. Speak the truth and never falter from it, but do so with love and kindness. The greatest act you can do is walk among those who are still sleeping and, by your light, guide them to something greater than themselves. This doesn’t always happen, but when it does it is magical.

Don’t ever let someone make you feel “uncool” for being a Christian, and don’t ever convince yourself you are somehow above a non-believer for being a Christian. Just try to be more like Jesus every day.

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The Key To Good Leadership Is?

Ever wonder how to be a good leader? Do you look at people in your life and think that they are good leaders and you would follow them wherever they go?

When sharing with friends and family about my job and the people I work for I have worked beneath a great leader for the majority of the time I have been in my job. His performance in his job is obvious, but the reason I would follow him and continue to trust where he is leading me is one simple reason…Love. The man loves his employees and truly cares for them. But what I have seen and respect more than anything else is that he loves his family more than anything else in the world. THAT is someone I can get behind.

LOVE is the driving factor behind leadership, and one of the greatest leaders in the bible knew this well…Paul. Look how he asked Philemon to do something in his letter to him.

Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love.” Philemon 1:8-9

Paul knew that he was well respected and was an elder in the eyes of Philemon. He knew that realistically he could have told Philemon what to do (as an order) and Philemon would have more than likely done it out of respect.

But Paul didn’t order him to do it, he simply asked out of love. True leadership comes from love, not orders.

Just a couple of verses earlier, Paul compliments Philemon on the love he has shown to others.

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” Philemon 1:7

If you have such love for others that you are refreshing the hearts of others, then you will undoubtedly have people wanting to follow you. This is not easy to do. I’m guessing that you can think of a handful of people right now that you don’t exactly feel like loving at the moment. But that’s the challenge and encouragement to you today. A song by TobyMac says “I was made to love, and be loved by You” and that’s exactly right.

We were created in His image and built to love God as well as everyone we come in contact with on this earth.

GO BE A LEADER…LOVE SOMEBODY…LOVE EVERYBODY.

My Valentine Love To You Guys


I am lucky to work with you guys. Working with you guys has been a turning point in my blogging career.

The vision and hard work you guys bring motivates me to work harder. Thanks for using your tool and expertise to make the world a better place.

Happy Valentine day to you all!!! ❤❤❤

Pain Fades, Love Remains, Joy Returns

Pain is a part of this life. Brokenness is all around us. Parents split. Families’ abuse. The cancer wins. Children die. The only thing I know to be true is this: God is faithful. He is a deliverer. A healer. A savior. A protector. A warrior. A lover. A completer.

I’ve seen some pretty dark stuff in my days in this world. Perhaps the darkest was when I was still in the world, doing stuffs that had no meaning but hurting people around me. Also too many of my friends died. There was no escape from the pain. It was crushing. I never considered killing myself, but I can now see how some people could do it. The pain is simply too much to bear. It was the worst time of my life.

But God moved with a Mighty Hand. He heard me crying out and “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” – Psalm – 40:2 God brought to me a community of faith that changed my life and surrounded me with an amazing family in Christ. I walked in to new life.

He restored my heart and healed me of the wounds. I saw how good and mighty He really is. I worship Him for His faithfulness to bind up a broken heart. It didn’t happen overnight, though. Even as mighty as He moved, healing is a process. It seemed as though the pain would always be with me but again His promises are true: Weeping may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

The night may last longer than you wish, but when The Lord is your God, the morning always comes.

This year will be the second since I lost some very good friends. Am sure they are in peace and with Jesus. Not only did God help me walk into new life, but He saw fit to completely heal me. I am free. Looking back, I realized that even though He had been healing me, I was still walking with a limp through life. While I was not under the weight of tragedy any longer, joy had not returned to my heart.

There was a weekend outing with some church friends, we challenged ourselves to some games filled with lots of laughs and fun. I cannot remember ever laughing so much. It was the best time I have had in years.

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.” Psalm 40:3

I would never wish such tragedy on my worst enemy but by clinging to Jesus during the night, He has restored my soul.

I know some of you have experienced terrible things, I know that. Just remember, no matter how long the night, the morning always comes. After that season, the Lord left me with a simple message I would share with you. The pain fades. Love remains. Joy returns.

What Are You Grateful For This Year

This year is such a blessing for me. God truly answers prayers, He never fails.

Am grateful to God for the gift of life and saving me from death traps during my traveling.

Am thankful and grateful to God for my family and friends that stood by me this year.

Am grateful to God for Good Health and sound mind.

Am grateful to God this year, allowing me to marry my best friend and Queen this year.

Am grateful to God for providing for my needs.

Am thankful and grateful to all of you reading my blog, and my community members. You guys are my professional colleagues. Thank you for everything have learnt from you guys this year.

Am grateful for the word of God. A-side the persecutitof Christians around the world, the gospel is still spreading very fast.

Am grateful for my country Nigeria. With the difficulties and economic downfall. God still kept us moving and alive.

Am grateful for my place of work and the favour and protection God gave to me.

We all have something to be grateful for this year. If you don’t have anything, just look at the way you breathing and alive. If you feel you asked God for something and you didn’t get it. Don’t fret and be dissapointed, God will surprise you in 2019 in Jesus name.

I love you guys, see you in 2019

Happy New Year in advance…

Merry Christmas From Motivated And Free

Am sending my love to you guys. My professional colleagues in my community, my readers, and my followers. You guys made my 2018 great. Learnt a lot from you people and thank God we all here to celebrate Christmas.

So I decree and declare that…
This Christmas, I wish peace sequester your life, love flood your soul and happiness are reflected in your face, I wish you from the heart all the good that you deserve.
May you never miss LOVE … and if you do not find it, you already know where I live.

I wish you a Christmas full of mathematics: addicted to pleasure, subtracted from pain, multiplied with happiness and divided in love with the people that matter most to you.

Merry 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

A Poetry About The Royal Blood Shed


As Your blood flowed through Your human pores
You endured it in order to make us Yours
As the crown of thorns punctured Your regal head
For our sin Your royal blood flowed crimson red
As cold steel pierced sinless flesh and bone
You endured it so we would not face death alone
As Your tongue was in torment in agonized thirst
Your silence freed sinners living under the curse
As You gazed at the crowd who mocked at Your state
You showed love and compassion — not malice or hate
As the enemy trembled when You drew Your last breath
Your life-giving blood saved lost sinners from death.

Photos: Am Officially A Married Man

God truly showed Himself. It was a big success on Saturday. Appreciate Every one that came and also those who prayed for the event.

Am so happy 😁😁😁😁

More photos below…

The traditional wedding was also lit.

More photos coming soon….

YF2018 Union: The Countdown Has Started!!!

So guys am getting married in the next 5 days…

I owe every single moment of my relationship with my beautiful bride to be to God Almighty. For good 3 years we have been together, in good times and bad times. The trial period and the harvest period. She stood by me all along and supported me when I was broken, broke, and lost. I give every to God for putting me through your path as we journey this life together my Queen.

More photos below..

YF 2018
My Beautiful Queen

What more can I ask for???

You have made me the happiest man on earth.

My Humble self

Proverbs 18:22 “He who finds a wife finds a good thing. And obtains favour from the Lord”.

About to start a new phase in my life #Happy

The only thing I can use to repay you for all your love, care, support, and prayers is to make you my better half and partner for life. To make you my wife and mother of my kids. Thank you for stealing the keys to my heart as we exchange our vows November 3rd, 2018.

Jesus Really Does Love You

Jesus Loves You
Every Sunday afternoon, after the morning service at the church, the
Pastor and his 11-year-old son would go out into their town and hand out
Gospel tracts. This particular Sunday afternoon, as it came time for the
Pastor and his son to go to the streets with their tracts, it was very
cold outside as well as pouring down rain. The boy bundled up in his
warmest and driest clothes and said “Okay Dad, I’m ready.”

His Pastor Dad asked, “Ready for what?

“Dad, it’s time we gather our tracts together and go out.”

Dad responds, “Son, it’s very cold outside and it’s pouring down rain.”

The boy gives his Dad a surprised look, asking, “But Dad, aren’t people
still going to Hell, even though it’s raining?”

Dad answers, “Son, I am not going out in this weather.”

Despondently the boy asks, “Dad, can I go — Please?”

His father hesitated for a moment then said, “Son, you can go. Here’s
the tracts; be careful son.”

“Thanks, Dad!” And with that he was off and out into the rain. This
11-year-old boy walked the streets of the town going door-to-door and
handing everybody he met in the street a Gospel tract. After 2-hours of
walking in the rain he was soaking bone-chilled wet and down to his very
last tract. He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a
tract to but the streets were totally deserted.

Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up the sidewalk
to the front door and rang the door bell. He rang the bell — but nobody
answered. He rang it again and again bit still no one answered. He
waited but still no answer. Finally this 11-year-old trooper turned to
leave but something stopped him. Again, he turned to the door and rang
the bell and knocked loudly on the door with his fist. He waited,
something holding him there on the front porch. He rang again, and this
time the door slowly opened. Standing in the doorway was a very sad
looking elderly lady.

She softly asked, “What can I do for you, son?”

With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy
said, “Ma’am, I’m sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you
that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU! I came to give you my very last Gospel
tract which will tell you all about Jesus and His great love.” With that
he handed her his last tract, and turned to leave.

She called to him as he departed, “Thank you, son! And God bless you!”

Well, the following Sunday morning in church, Pastor Dad was in the
pulpit and as the service began he asked, “Does anybody have a testimony
or want to say anything?”

Slowly, in the back row of the church, an elderly lady stood to her
feet. As she began to speak, a look of glorious radiance came from her
face. “None of you in this church know me. I’ve never been here before.
You see, before last Sunday I was not a Christian. My husband has passed
on, some time ago, leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday,
being a particularly cold and rainy day, it was even more so in my heart
as I came to the end of the line where I no longer had any hope or will
to live.

“So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic
of my home. I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof then
stood on the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my
neck. “Standing on that chair, so lonely and brokenhearted, I was about
to leap off when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs
startled me. I thought, ‘I’ll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go
away.’ “I waited and waited — but the ringing doorbell seemed to get
louder and more insistent and then the person ringing also started
knocking loudly. I thought to myself again, ‘Who on earth could this
be?! Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me!’ “I loosened the rope
from my neck and started for the front door, all the while the bell rang
louder and louder. When I opened the door and looked I could hardly
believe my eyes! “There on my front porch was the most radiant and
angelic little boy I had ever seen in my life! His smile! Oh, I could
never describe it to you! And the words that came from his mouth caused
my heart, that had long been dead, to leap to life as he exclaimed with
cherub-like voice, ‘Ma’am, I just came to tell you that JESUS REALLY
DOES LOVE YOU.’ “Then he gave me this Gospel tract that I now hold in my
hand. As the little angel disappeared back out, into the cold and rain,
I closed my door and read slowly every word of this Gospel tract. Then I
went up to my attic to get my rope and chair. I wouldn’t be needing them
any more.

“You see, I am now a happy child of the KING, and since the address of
your church was on the back of this Gospel tract I have come here to
personally say, ‘Thank you to God’s little angel who came just in the
nick of time, and by so doing, spared my soul from an eternity in Hell.'”

There were now no dry eyes in the church. As shouts of praise and honor
to the KING resounded off the very rafters of the building, Pastor Dad
descended from the pulpit to the front pew where the little angel was
seated. He took him in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably.

Jesus Loves you

Probably no church has had a more glorious moment and probably this
Universe has never seen a Papa that was more filled with love and honor
for his son, except for one: This Father, God, also allowed His Son,
Jesus, to go out into a cold and dark world. He received His Son back
with joy unspeakable, and as all of Heaven shouted praises and honor to
the King, the Father sat His beloved Son on a throne far above all
principality and power and every name that is named. There may be
someone, reading this, who is also going through a dark, cold and lonely
time in your soul. You may be a Christian, for we are not without
problems, or you may not yet know the King. Whatever the case, and
whatever the problem or situation you find yourself in, and no matter
how dark it may seem, I want you to know that I just came to tell you,
“JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU!”