GOVERNOR Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, on Thursday described the music maestro, Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, (aka King Sunny Ade) as a rare breed, bundle of talent and a precious gift to the music world.
Aregbesola made the remark as mark of honour to Sunny Ade, who is celebrating his 70th birthday.
In a statement by his director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, the governor said Sunny Ade represents a source of pride for Nigeria and indeed, Africa.
In the statement titled: Aregbesola sings for Sunny Ade at 70, he described the juju musician as a muse, a prodigious songster, creative enigma, conservationist musician, whose reach in musical world is limitless.
The governor said Sunny Ade could single up to the age of 70 due to combination of factors which include his dexterity, originality, hard work and above all the grace of God.
According to Aregbesola, “the juju exponent has made his mark in the music world as one of the most gifted and prolific singers and song writers with an uncommon consistency in the last four decades.”
The statement said in part, “Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye is undoubtedly one of the music icons on the African continent. He is a gift not only to Nigeria but also the whole music communities of the world. He sings with great convenience, grace, and originality. His lyrics are evergreen, renewable and didactic.
“A prolific song writer, gifted guitarist, prophet, excellent dancer all rolled into one. As he celebrates his three scores and a decade of existence on earth, we cannot but wish him more prosperous years and may the muse continue to sing and sing to the benefit of humanity.”