Boyega made this known yesterday December 25, 2017 after the special screening of “Star Wars, The Last Jedi at IMAX cinema.
While speaking during a question and answer session, the player of Finn in Star Wars : The Force Awakens said to the sitted audience that he was raised in Nollywood movies by renown Nigerian movie producer, Mike Bamiloye of Mount Zion films.
“I grew up Nigerian movies, especially Mount Zion movies, ‘Ayamatanga’ and all the rest of them,” he said.
“I actually did training with Mike Bamiloye and Gloria Bamiloye when they were in the United Kingdom” he revealed.
Boyega further noted that he formally acted in spiritually based movies but decided to switch to secular later on.
“I thought because of my religious background, I would specifically go for a market that was based in spirituality,” Boyega said, “but then I would realize that wasn’t for me so I went secular.”
Apart from Mount Zion movies, John Boyega also watched a lot of Nollywood movies from some of its biggest actors.
“And the first movies that we watched were from Genevieve (Nnaji), I think “Blood Sisters”. Then we started watching Rita Dominic and Aki & Pawpaw movies” he said.
Mike Bamiloye is the founder of Mount Zion Drama Ministry and Mount Zion Television established in 1990. In the early 90s, Mike Bamiloye and his wife Gloria Bamiloye would star in gospel movies and TV series, many which turned out to smash hits.