So I watched an interesting movie over the weekend title; Joba. This is actually the second Nigerian movie I am talking about here; I am beginning to discover Nigerian movies (in this time) that have awesome underlying messages.
Theatrical release poster
The movie portrayed this newlywed couple played by Blossom Chukwujekwu and Enado Odigie, wanted to have children by all means. Year 1 passed and no kids, so was year two up until the seventh year. At the time the wife was already frustrated as efforts to have kids over the years proved futile.
They prayed, fasted, believed God but it was as if he was slow in His promise. Whenever the wife would throw a tantrum about how fed up she was with the situation, the husband would console her, telling her to trust God. Plus he wasn’t complaining. Then one day the inevitable happened; they were at home asleep when suddenly attacked by armed robbers who ended up raping the wife. Her husband was so helpless as he watched the two perpetrators humiliate his love right before his eyes. The couple had been through so much over the past seven years of being together, and the rape incident only added a different layer of stress that their marriage did not need.
If you were in the couple’s shoes, in those moments you might begin to think; maybe I married the wrong person, or maybe I was not meant to get married at all! But just because we go through trials and tribulations doesn’t mean that God is not in the midst of things. She took out her frustrations on her husband and did not want him to share what had happened with anyone else. In a way she was pushing him away and still prohibited him from sharing their pain. Then one day, while throwing a fit, she fainted.
Her husband immediately rushed to the hospital, and after some tests was carried out, alas! She was pregnant! Was she going to keep the baby or terminate the pregnancy? You will have to watch to find out!
Ladies (and men): Get married to a good spouse! The bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10—“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor; for if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him.”
You see the wife had a great husband (Blossom did an amazing job by the way) he loved and feared the Lord deeply. His love for Christ translated into the love he had for his wife. So much so that when she was discouraged and will have temper tantrums, he always calmed her down and loved her through it regardless.
He was able to be her strength when she was weak, and when he also had his down moments, she was there to encourage him as well. Who you marry is key, and can be instrumental to you getting through a tough circumstance or you drowning in it. God is good regardless: we all are waiting on God to accomplish one thing or the other in our lives. We all have needs; if you think you are good and don’t need anything from God, just hold on, you will soon be aware of your need for him. Now because He hasn’t accomplished that thing that we want from Him, doesn’t make him evil or bad.
The Bible says that is it because we are poor or destitute that we think we aren’t loved by God? (Romans 8:35) God is good, even in our tough times. It’s only a matter of time until we receive that thing from God. If for some reason it never comes to pass, trust that He has better in store; either in this age or the one that is coming. God does not cause bad things to happen: the rape was an unfortunate incident, probably orchestrated by the enemy so he could get rid of the child that she was already carrying. Just like the story of Jesus, when the king heard He had been born, He ordered genocide for children ages 0-2.
The enemy wanted to destroy Christ, so he wouldn’t fulfill purpose, same with the story of Moses. But God protected them both. The enemy will try everything within his power to rid you of God’s blessings, but if God is for you, who can be against you?
Trust that even the difficult thing that you may be experiencing is working together for your good. While you pray, the answer has already been released: you see this couple had believed God for a child all those years and when she got pregnant, she did not even know. Just like the story of Peter in the Bible, who the church was praying for to be released from prison. God heard their prayer while they were still in the middle of it, and Peter was set free already waiting at the door, knocking to gain entry, and they did not know it. (Acts 12:5-17)
There are so many things that many of us are praying about and the answer has already been sent. We just have to pray for God to open our eyes to see it. This awesome movie was written and produced by Biodun Stephen, she is also known for incredible films like Ovy’s voice and Picture Perfect (both can be found on irokotv.com). Joba was released in cinemas early this year; although it isn’t on any streaming platforms just yet, but those in Nigeria/Africa can catch it on DSTV. Be sure to watch this movie and find out why it is a movie with a message.
About The Author: Evi Idoghor is a Christian, writer, and content creator on Letstalknationblog.com. She is a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Consumed by her love for writing and desire to effect change, she launched her online platform––Let’s Talk Nation––to tap into her creativity and start meaningful conversations that would make a difference around the world.
Most of her writing has been influenced by her time spent in America, where she lived for about 11 years. Also, she lived in Nigeria and South Korea and currently loves traveling the world while learning about other fascinating cultures. You can find her on all social media platforms with @eviidoghor.