Enoch, the biopic film of Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Also reverenced as a gate in the body of Christ across the largest country in West Africa, the much-anticipated movie was released on the 2nd of March 2023, which also happened to be the 81st birthday of Pastor E.A Adeboye (as he is popularly called).
The movie was produced by Mount Zion Film Production, alongside a fast-rising film production firm, Solid Rock Foundation. Its screenplay credit is given to Damilola Mike Bamiloye, popularly known as ‘DBaba’ who is loved for his ability to infuse humor in his story progressions. The directors of Enoch were John Oguntuase and Damilola Mike Bamiloye, and the music and SFX were managed by Joshua Mike Bamiloye who unbiasedly belongs to the finest crop of music score artists in the Nigeria music and film scene at the moment.
What is the Story of ENOCH?
The story of Enoch as told in the movie is told by a narrator, Sola Mike Agboola, to his Grandson. The story settings began by highlighting the days of the humble beginning of Enoch, born into a family that was not so well to do because what family rejoices at the purchase of an umbrella? From the first scene, it was obvious Enoch’s father harbors bias towards him when he was handed the family’s newly acquired treasure to keep.
This thought is further strengthened by the Father’s readiness to sell his Ram, which was his choicest possession, to sponsor the education of an Enoch who had refused to eat until his desire to go to school was granted.
Enoch, without shoes, taunted by his peers as “natural shoes” would go on to become a scholarly person who not only aced class texts and assessments but also copped every award from the speech and prize-giving day upon graduation from secondary school. We all had that one student whose name was called upon several times as the school’s valedictorian, in 1962 at Ilesha Grammar School, Enoch was that student. But he also, unfortunately, lost his Dad to the cold hands of death, before he graduated from secondary school.
Now an undergraduate, studying Mathematics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enoch remained an intelligent young man who is now also being pegged a Casanova. Ladies found him easy on the eye, owing majorly to his brilliance and social-butterfly-like personality. It was in his days of juggling academics and the ladies, that he met Foluke.
His friends of course found it extremely surprising, that Enoch would think it beautiful that one of his numerous female admirers gifted him a Bible for his birthday. You know what they say about lovers being lovers forever if Jesus is Lord and Love over their lives? Enoch and Foluke got married in 1967, the same year he graduated from the University.
The Tests and Testimonies
Life as a family man for Enoch was replete with challenges, and this forced the intellectual man to seek help from the spiritual. After being disappointed by native doctors, one of his relatives led him to the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), for deliverance to all his problems. It was at the first service he attended with his wife, he got born again and became a believer. As is common with new converts, the zeal, and passion to preach the gospel to others consumed Enoch and he did that even as he learned more of his newfound faith from daily interactions with the Late Pa Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, the former Head Pastor of RCCG.
His commitment to God and the church was evident when he and his wife obeyed the former Head Pastor’s instruction for workers and members to bring all their financial savings to quell the church’s financial needs. He eventually became an ordained Pastor in RCCG, very much against his personal will, and would go on numerous trips with Late Pa Josiah for the ministry, including the noteworthy trip to Kenneth Hagin’s camp meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In 1980, Pa Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi passed on and the baton was passed on to Enoch as the new Head Pastor of the RCCG. This was done through the implantation prayers Late Pa Josiah had with Enoch and some members of the church’s administration before his death, and a note of instruction he left regarding the church’s affairs. Amidst fear, contradictions, and persecutions from other Pastors who expected to be Head pastors, Enoch continued the work at RCCG, and is highly revered as Daddy GO today, still flanked by Mummy GO, Foluke Adeboye.
The lead actor, Adeola Abolaji did a brilliant role embodying the “Enoch” character. There were certain scenes in the movie where his “how do you do?” was a replica of Pa Enoch’s. The irks I have with the movie is the sharp transition between each phase of growth, and there were hardly specific dates for certain events in comparison with “The Train”, another Mount Zion Film.
The movie, Enoch, screams sacrifice and paints the perfect picture of a man whose will was beaten to surrender by God. It is still streaming on about four respective YouTube channels, Damilola Mike Bamiloye, Solid Rock TV, Enoch Adejare Adeboye, and Dove TV. I hope it blesses you as much as it blessed me. Hallelujah!
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