Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and the governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola have both sent goodwill messages to Africa’s music Ambassador, Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, King Sunny Ade on the occasion of his 70th birthday.
Buhari, in a release made available by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, was quoted as saying that “I join all friends, family and fans of the multi-talented instrumentalist, songwriter and dancer in celebrating his remarkable life, which has been graced with numerous awards for outstanding performances, including nominations for the Grammy.
“As a Nigerian musician, I believe the Septuagenarian has over the years brought pride to his country by mastering his art against all odds, taking the African musical genre to the global stage, and serving as an inspiration and a mentor to upcoming artistes”.
Apart from bringing joy to many hearts and homes through his music, President Buhari also commended King Sunny Ade’s love for humanity, especially the less privileged, by setting up a foundation that caters for the needs of others.
The juju maestro, noted for his skillful handling of guitar scintillating percussions will be 70 on Thursday, September 22. A weeklong activity is already ongoing to mark the event.
Meanwhile, Governor Aregbesola, in a statement by his media aide, Semiu Okanlawon, also described Sunny Ade as a “gifted entertainer, culture promoter who has used his art to sell his people and his country.”
“We are particularly glad to realise that this talented artiste has some links with Osogbo where his skills were honed. Today, he is a world renowned artiste who has made a great success of his art.”
Also, Architect Muyiwa Ige, the son of late Cicero of Esa Oke, Chief Bola Ige in his own message said “I am always proud of King Sunny Ade. He is a role model to many of us. He used and is still using his talent positively and has been able to portray Africa in shinning colours to the outside world. May he continue to reign for a very long time as King of World beats”