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President Buhari greets King Sunny Ade at 75

King Sunny Ade (KSA), said he bought his first guitar when he was 16 years old with personal savings and hid the instrument from his family who did not want him to go into music.

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the entertainment industry in Nigeria and globally to celebrate legendary juju singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye (aka King Sunny Ade), on his 75th birthday, September 22, 2021.

In a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, President Buhari extolled the courage, foresight and innovative spirit of the music artiste, who he said had since graduated into an authority in the literary and theatrical world, sharing his talent as a visiting Professor of Music at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, and championing many development causes.

“President Buhari 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 in the comity of nations.

“The president notes 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,” the statement read.

He wished the multi-talented instrumentalist a longer life and God’s blessings on his family.

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