From afro-jazz to an evening at bible study. From nights of fun with daring Rekya to a cupid-awestruck heart for church girl Joy while childhood pal Teju fades away jealously, but momentarily.
The roller coaster Sammy sweetly dances between the grooves of becoming the next Fela or Billy Graham as love and career go all frenzy in the boxing ring to win the tussle.
Really thrilling is the movie, “The Man of God”. Not just for its comely way of setting the puzzle of Sam’s life piece by piece like cracking the codes of a treasured vault.
But also because we see ourselves reflected (in some manner) in the scenes of every dialogue that played out. From scurrying off from home to a land of far-far away for the pangs we felt at childhood. To falling in love with a guy or babe of direct opposite. To being loved by one to whom we have only a friendly bond with. Or trying to play church and God for our own gain or interests.
Really empathetic is the movie, “The Man of God”, in portraying that we all indeed have phases where all may seem lost for a costly mistake we made. But if we just resolve to make amends and seek reconciliation; we would find healing and restoration through the willing hands opened wide to receive us.
And oh, how so heartfelt that will be, when amidst such reunion, we hear soulful lyrics which lets us know that we too, have been greatly missed and waited for…just like the British Patriotic song of the First World War,
“Keep the Home Fires Burning,
While your hearts are yearning,
Though your lads are far away
They dream of home.
There’s a silver lining
Through the dark clouds shining,
Turn the dark cloud inside out
‘Til the boys come home.”
NB (“Keep the Home-Fires Burning was composed by Ivor Novello in 1914, with words by Lena Guilbert Ford)