King Sunny Ade
King Sunny Ade MFR, sometimes also called the Minister of Enjoyment, was born in Oshogbo, Nigeria in 1946, the son of a Methodist minister. Inspired by the music of I.K. Dairo, he joined the Rhythm Dandies, led by Moses Olaiya (later known as Baba Sala, Nigeria’s prominent funny man and a prolific film maker).
King Sunny was influenced by the legendary Tunde Nightingale (early Juju pioneer extraordinary) and borrowed stylistic elements from Nightingale’s ‘So wa mbe’ style of juju.
He founded the King Sunny Ade Foundation, an organization that includes a performing arts center, a state of the art recording studio, and housing for young musicians.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile- Ife and recipient of the national honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic.
He is making a special appearance in FIFTY