Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye MFR, popularly known as King Sunny Adé, is a Nigerian jùjú singer, and songwriter born on the 22nd of September, 1946 in Osogbo, Osun State. He is regarded as one of the first African pop musicians to gain international success and has been called one of the most influential musicians of all time.
|Name||Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye|
|Stage Name||King Sunny Adé|
|Date of Birth||September 22, 1946|
|Place of Birth||Osogbo|
|State of Origin||Osun State|
|Occupation||Juju Singer, Songwriter|
|Net Worth||1 Million Dollars|
Sunny Ade Biography
Sunny Ade Early Life
Sunny Adé was born in Osogbo to a Nigerian royal family from Ondo and Akure, thereby making him an Omoba of the Yoruba people. His father was a church organist, while his mother, Maria Adegeye (née Adesida), was a trader. As a member of the Adesida dynasty, his mother’s relatives included her father Oba Adesida I (who ruled Akure for 60 years).It would later include her nephew and Adé’s cousin, Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida Afunbiowo II, who also served as king of Akure.
Sunny Ade Education
Sunny Ade Career
Sunny Adé formed his own backing band in 1967, eventually known as his African Beats. After achieving national success in Nigeria during the 1970s and founding his own independent label, Sunny Adé signed to Island Records in 1982
He achieved international success with the albums Juju Music (1982) and Synchro System (1983); the latter garnered him a Grammy nomination, a first for a Nigerian artist. His 1998 album Odu also garnered a Grammy nomination.
Sunny Ade Family
Sunny Ace has been with seven women in his life. There is no information as to whether he got married to each of them, one extraordinary thing about King Sunny Adé’s relationship with them is that he loves them equally and seems to be very fond of them.
The singer left many tongues wagging on social media in January 2018 when he shared a photo of his seven wives, causing many online users to believe he is still in the age-long culture of polygamy. Also attached to the picture was a short message that read: “My Women Crush Wednesday,” a photo of himself looking very excited.
Sunny Ade Children
Sunny Ade Parents
Samuel Adeniyi Adegeye was the father of King Sunny Ade. He was a church organist. While his mother was Maria Adegeye (née Adesida), she was a trader.
Sunny Ade Father
Sunny Ade Mother
Sunny Ade Awards
Sunny Ade Hollywood Career
In the 1980s, Sunny Adé did some work in Hollywood. His music was featured in the 1983 film Breathless, starring Richard Gere, and the 1986 comedy One More Saturday Night, and he acted in Robert Altman’s 1987 comedy O.C. and Stiggs. He featured in a few Nollywood movies in the early 2000s.
Sunny Ade Filmography
- Breathless (1983) (King Sunny Adé (Music)
- O.C. and stiggs (1985) (Filmed 1983) King Sunny Adé (Music & appearance)
- One More Saturday Night (1986) King Sunny Adé (Music)
- Fifty (2015) King Sunny Adé (Music & appearance)