How was life growing up for you in the church? And when were you introduced to God?
Emeka: “I knew God since I was one years old. I was raised in the Catholic Church. I knew about God but didn’t really know the Bible. It was like people that know about the God that they heard about, or the God that they know of, the God that the parents pray to, have you pray to and talk about. So growing up, I knew all around about God generally. He was always a part of my family. Until about my 20s it was when I first read the Bible and began to discover things on my own”.
What led you to do the films that you do, as far as the inspirational films?
Emeka: “I got involved in films by accident. I did one film in 2007 for the sake of having fun in the Summer because there wasn’t much to do, and the film got a good response, and at that moment the spark was lit. So I began to do more for the people. As they began to see more, I began to do more”
When you hear the word Religion, what comes to mind?
Emeka: “When I hear the word religion, I think of a duty. I think of formal things…things that people just do as a ritual. I’m not into religion really. I don’t do anything that’s ritualistic, just for the sake of doing it. I know people that go to church every Sunday, to fulfill a religious duty and not really be deeply involved in what they believe”
Why do you think that the youth lose faith and that they don’t know God?
Emeka: “Today’s youth, I think they are going to lose faith because of technology. I think technology has a lot to do with it. There’s many distractions out there that are keeping youth from certain things like the church…times to think about God and family. When I was growing up, I didn’t have all these things we have today, like the phones, the Facebook and all these things. Everybody was at home on a Sunday, my parents would drag us out to church. Now, the youth is so distracted by social media. They youth don’t have time to sit for one or even two minutes, without being on their phones, if they have a phone. Our youth in my time, were able to sit back, contemplate and think about life, whereas now I don’t think the youth think about much, except checking their social media accounts.”
What are other avenues that you think would benefit the youth, other than the Church? Or do you think Church is a necessary asset for the youth today?
Emeka: “When I grew up in the church I felt like I didn’t know what was really goin’ on. I was kind of dragged there as a kid, but there was still good messages in it. For the youth, I would recommend church. If youth is somewhere, where they can get positive insight on life and on things, I prefer that than the streets. So I definitely recommend church to the youth. If they can get one or two things out of it, it’s better than being on the streets and just doing nothing”
How would you convince a youth to go to Church?
Emeka: “I would encourage you to read a Bible and see what it says, and become curious and not just go to church for “the sake” of going. Do some research on a few things and check it out for themselves”.
If you could have one power that Jesus had, what would it be and why?
Emeka: “This is a tough question, but off the top, I guess I would say I would want to live forever. But I don’t know if I’d want to live forever if I’m the only person living forever…But I would have to go with King Solomon’s request, when he asked for WISDOM.
Describe Jesus in one word.
If there was one character in the Bible that you could relate to, who would it be and why?
Emeka:” Saul….which turned into Paul. Because he had I guess a 180 on what he wanted to do, and his intentions. I was kind of that way, because the path that I was on before wasn’t a good one and then I had to turn it around. I was always kind of positive, but I had some negative traits. I did a lot of foolish things, and I don’t do those today.”
What is your favorite verse in the Bible?
Emeka: “All things are possible to Him who believes (Mark 9:23). I do believe that all things are possible and if your pursue it with all your heart, it can be achieved. That is for my next film too I’m working on, titled ATAP, which stands for “All things are Possible”.
You can find more on Emeka at www.emekambadiwe.com/#!biography/cle6
You can also view some of his YouTube films as well. Here is one “Found Dead” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dfu_nDqiJDI, and his regular channel https://www.youtube.com/user/embadiwe
He is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emekambadiwe
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