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King Sunny Ade…- A Visionary Monument

WHAT could be worse than success?  After all, when one failed be it in Education, Business. Career pursuit steps should be taken to correct the situation.

King Sunny Ade was born in Oshogbo Osun State now and Western Region then on September 22, 1947 into a religious family as Sunny Ade’s father was a Pastor.  Young Sunny Ade was a student of St, Charles Grammar School, Oshogbo but left the College and absconded from home to Lagos after learning the rudiments of the Guitar playing from Late Moses Olaiya (Baba Sala) to seek greener pasture in the world of Juju music.

Sunny Ade met the Managing Director of Easy Life Enterprises Mr. Jide Smith who gave  Sunny Ade Musical Instruments and that was the platform that young Sunny Ade and his Band then Sunny Adex & His Green Spot Band started their musical career.  Sunny Adex & His Band usually play at Kakadu Nite Club, Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos.  Sunny Ade also met Chief Bolarinwa Abioro the Msanaging Director of African Songs / Take Your Choice Records (TYC).

Sunny Adex & His Green Spot Band’s record was recorded at Radio Nigeria Studios, Ikoyi, Lagos in 1967 and the title of the record was Alanu Ni Baba which simply (means Merciful is God) released on African Songs label.  After 9 years of recording deal with African Songs, without adequate royalty Sunny Ade decided to quit African Songs and this didn’t  go well with the management of African Songs Records Label owner Chief Bolarinwa Anioro who dragged Suny Ade & His Green Spot Band to Court.  Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi stood in for Sunny Ade and the matter was ruled in favour of Sunny Ade but with a penalty of 9 months ban from recording any record.

After the expiration of the 9 months, Sunny Ade established Sunny Alade Records Label with his exotic office at 48, Modele Road, Yaba, Lagos andd on that Record Label King Sunny Ade rose to prominent and he is a celebrity in the land of Juju music worldwide.

Chris Blackwell Ikumapayi

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