Flashback Friday: Thunderbolt (the movie)…
I have heard many people say things like ”marriage is war” ”marriage is to be endured” ”jealousy in relationships is unavoidable” and my inner man gets upset whenever this is said to me or someone I know; society has made us normalise some really sickening things.
Why don’t I believe in these statements? The answer to this question is quite simple; the Bible doesn’t define love as the above things in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 which reads…
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres.
Rewatching Tunde Kelani’s Thunderbolt (Magun) a couple of days ago reminded me of how insecurity and jealousy can lead someone to do unspeakable things. The first time I watched it, I simply just felt very sad for the lead actress, Ngozi, because of what she had to go through for love.
Before I share with you some of the things I re-learnt from this movie, let me share with you 5 things I learnt about Thunderbolt aka Magun aka Edun Ara when I did a mini research on it:
1| ”Magun” means “do not climb” in the English Language.
2| Thunderbolt is a killer charm.
3| The aim of this charm is to prevent sexual promiscuity.
4| Some thunderbolt may lead death while some don’t; it can also affect one of the partners, while some affect both partners.
5| Someone who is afflicted with it may have no idea that has magun in their body.
Note: these are myths and more can be read here.
Now, on to the lessons I learnt…
1|Stay far away from negative vibes
Yinka and his wife, Ngozi, were living a peaceful life until Yinka decided to listen to the negative things his friends were telling him about his wife. It is very sad to know that some friends do not wish their friends well, and not every advice given to you is coming from a good place.
Remember the Biblical saying that goes ”bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33). No matter how you think you can wing it, surrounding yourself with negative energy isn’t good for the body, mind and soul.
2| Insecurity can lead to unimaginable things
I believe that marriages and relationships are to be built on respect, trust, communication and all the good things. Having an insecured partner can be draining, however, it can also be compromised by some people while some don’t have the strength for it.
Initially, Yinka didn’t come off as an insecured person; it was obvious that he genuinely loved Ngozi and wanted to spend forever with her.
However, things changed when she had to travel to complete her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). His insecurities lead him to put Magun on her; I had so many questions about why he went that far and got an answer which is written in the book of Jeremiah chapter 17 vs 9.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
3| Friendship can be found in absolutely anyone
Regardless of how cruel this world is, we all need friends. We need people to grow, we need people to confined in. Ngozi saw that in her landlady, Adetutu. Adetutu saw her through all the cleansing process and was such a good friend to her, regardless of the age difference.
In all, this movie is a lovely watch, and I loved how it took me back to the first day I watched it with my family. You can also watch the movie here.
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