Gabriel Afolayan will earn more accolades to his already glowing feathers when “Sade,” hits Nigerian cinemas. In “Sade,” Gabriel plays the role of a dog, known as Big Joe, who can be likened to an animal with street credibility.
Sade has historical importance because it is the first Nigerian animated movie to feature an all Nigerian cast with a musical inclusion. From Jimi Solanke to Nobert Young, Bimbo Manuel, Ngozi Nwosu, Biodun Aleja, Jude Orhorha, Yemi Shodimu, Judith Audu, Kate Adepegba and Deji Adenuga, the animated movie is poised to make a statement on its release. Few Nigerians and international movie buffs, who heard about the animated movie during the last Cannes Festival and Toronto Film Festival, say it’s not just another animation movie, it tells the true story of a Nigerian girl and her dog.
Gabriel Afolayan feels honored and blessed to be a part of the project which he considers a landmark, a game changer and a reference point in the history of Nigeria filmmaking.
The question on everyone’s lips though is will Gabriel and Sade live up to the expectation of an important Nollywood project?