This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Afolayan - My Love for Soul Music

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GABRIEL AFOLAYAN IS ANOTHER ENTERTAINER FROM THE MOVIE CLAN OF THE AFOLAYANS. BUT THIS YOUNG AND PROLIFIC ACTOR IS TAKING A PLUNGE INTO MUSIC ALIEN TO HIS ANCESTRY. HE OPENED UP TO Ogundele tosin ABOUT HIS CAREER AND SUNDRY MATTERS.

How did you start acting?

I started as a child actor in a cameo role from a short film titled F'OPAWON by Moses Olaiya Adejumo (Baba-Sala) who happened to be my dad's good friend. This was as far back as 1990.

Would you say that Tade Ogidan's Madam Dearest gave you the breakthrough?

I can't deny that fact. Madam Dearest, a Tade Ogidan film gave my hustle in the acting game a face, though I have been in the game for a while, school stuffs got me hooked back then.

What inspires how you interpret roles in your various works?

I desire change in the trade and that has been a massive motivation of my role interpretations. Secondly, apart from the God given natural talent, I studied acting as well at the university level (Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan) and the training was quite adequate for me because I was channeled properly into role interpretation. You will know the theoretical to the very practical background of the business. Kudos to all the teaching and non teaching staff of the department because without their training, this talent won't the as versatile as we perceive it today.

How rewarding has it been?

My Nollywood Movies Academy Awards (NMAA) for best actor in supporting and the rising star attest to this. Then, Yoruba Movies Academy Awards (YMAA) for the most promising actor.

If acting stops paying the bills today, what's your plan B?

I'm an entertainer. What I do will always pay my bills because I have a strong faith in Christ and I know my trade.

What is your defining moment in life?

That was when I realized my music was gaining acceptance with people despite all odds. That's a huge one for me.

What are your biggest challenges on set?

Anytime my physicality is called into moments of action on a film set, it's always very tasking; but it's our job and we have to do it.

Why haven't you featured in Aremu or Kunle Afolayan's works?

I played a supporting role in Aremu Afolayan's movie titled 'The Score'. With Papi Kunle, we are hitting the location soon for his next job.

What kind of music are you set out to make?

My music movement is SOUL but I'm going to be versatile with my sound. You'd definitely feel me on all other vibes too; that is I will make other genres of music soothing to the ears. It's all about good music from my label and management, Studio 6 Multimedia Ltd.

What would you love to do differently in life?

It is to right all my wrongs, so I can be as righteous as God desires.

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