Sunny Ade embarked on this tour to show appreciation to guests who honoured him on his birthday.
The birthday concert tagged 'Sunny On Sunday' concert held on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at the Temple Balmoral Marquee, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos saw Sunny Ade being hosted in grand style with huge presence by eminent personalities across various walks of life recorded.
At the event, the maestro's prized guitar asset was sold off on auction for a record sum of N52.1 million.
Sunny Ade was in the company of The Temple Management Company founder and CEO Idris Olorunnimbe for his Lagos/Ábuja tour, where at each stop, Sunny donated KSA branded items to his VIP guests, including Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola and some other ministers of the Federal Republic, MD/CEOs of Access Bank, Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Tunde Fowler, His Royal Majesty Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi and Victor Ehikhamenor, the man who painted his famous guitar among others.
Chairman Temple Management Company, Babatunde Folawiyo commented on KSA saying 'Sunny on Sunday' was a product of an 11 year covenant between him and KSA
“I have always been a Sunny Ade fan,” Mr. Folawiyo said, adding “We have the bad habit, as a nation, of celebrating only the dead. It was one of the proudest moments of my life for Temple Management to have the honour to serenade a living icon such as KSA."
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Announcing the appointment, he said: “We are looking for people like you (King Sunny Ade) that the younger ones can look up to. It’s not just that you have been around for fifty years but you have been around for fifty years without any single stain on your part and that is very hard.
Alhaji Mohammed praised King Sunny Ade for elevating the juju music genre into an international commodity that is now accepted all over the world. “Most people like you would have had one issue or the other that today their integrity would be at take. Your integrity is as strong if not stronger than when you started. So it would be a pleasure if you can accept to be our Ambassador of the “Change Begins With Me”.
“I want the younger ones to look at you and see that you can actually get to the top without cutting corners. That is exactly what you have done. You have never cut corners and you have gotten to the top. ” Alhaji Lai remarked further.
While accepting the offer to serve as an Ambassador of the “Change Begins With Me” Campaign, King Sunny Ade pledged to partner with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to move the nation forward.
King" Sunny Adé (born Sunday Adeniyi, 22 September 1946) is a Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and a pioneer of modern world music.
He has been classed as one of the most influential musicians of all time and was inducted into the Hardrock Hall of Fame in 2016. He has released a record 123 albums.