21st September, 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari has praised the courage, foresight and innovative spirit of the music artiste, King Sunny Ade, whose real name is Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye.
The legendary juju musician turn 75 tomorrow, with the celebration being tempered with the death of his wife, Ajoke.
Buhari also celebrated King Sunny Ade as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, according to a statement released by Femi Adesina, the media adviser.
Buhari joined the entertainment industry in Nigeria and world over, particularly performing artistes, in celebrating the singer noted that Sunny Ade had has since graduated into an authority in the literary and theatrical world.
The king of juju now shares his talent as a visiting Professor of Music at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife and championing many development causes.
President Buhari said he believes King Sunny Ade’s several nominations for the Grammy, being the first Nigerian for such recognition, brought the spotlight on Nigeria’s multi-talented artistes, creating opportunities for many nominations and an eventual win that further boosted the country’s image among comity of nations.
Buhari also noted the focus, discipline, business and administrative savvy that the guitarist and dancer introduced into the music industry in Nigeria, encouraging creativity and entrepreneurship by setting up a foundation to cater for budding talents.
He wished Sunny Ade longer life and God’s blessings.