The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) has celebrated Africa's music icon, Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye aka King Sunny Adé on his 75th birthday.
This comes hours after the Juju music king lost his wife, Hon. Risikat Adegeye, on Tuesday, after a brief illness.
In a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari recognised the music veteran's artistry as one that boosted Nigeria's image amongst the comity of nations.
Adesina said, “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.
“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.”