President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the courage and innovative spirit of legendary musician and first Nigerian Grammy Awards nominee, Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye aka King Sunny Ade.
The President’s praises of the leading artiste was part of his felicitation message to mark his 75th birthday anniversary.
He noted that the musician had contributed his own to stamping the image of Nigeria on the international entertainment map.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari also noted the focus, discipline, business and administrative adeptness that King Sunny Ade had introduced to entertainment in Nigeria and globally.
“President Muhammadu Buhari joins the entertainment industry in Nigeria and world over, particularly performing artistes, in celebrating with legendary juju singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye aka King Sunny Ade on his 75th birthday, September 22, 2021.
“The President extols the courage, foresight and innovative spirit of the music artiste, who has since graduated into an authority in the literary and theatrical world, sharing his talent as a visiting Professor of Music at 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 among 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.
“As the multi-talented instrumentalist turns 75, President Buhari prays for longer life and God’s blessings on his family,” the statement reads.