Sunny Ade Biography

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. 

 Sunny Ade Biography
NameChief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye
Stage NameKing Sunny Adé
Date of BirthSeptember 22, 1946
Place of BirthOsogbo
State of OriginOsun State
Marital StatusMarried
OccupationJuju Singer, Songwriter
Net Worth1 Million Dollars

Sunny Ade Biography

Sunny Ade Biography

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, Southwestern part of Nigeria.

Sunny Ade Early Life

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

King Sunny Ade attended a grammar school in Ondo but later dropped out after a few years to join the Lagos-based highlife band, Federal Rhythm Dandies.

Sunny Ade Career

Sunny Ade Early Life

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

King Sunny Adé has over 15 children who came from his relationships with his wives. As of 1989, when he released his controversial song Wait for Me, King Sunny Adé was already a father of 12.

At the time of writing, the number of his children is unknown to the public, but the singer sure has so many children who make up his vast empire.

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

Who is the father of King Sunny Ade? The father of King Sunny Ade was Samuel Adeniyi Adegeye. She was a church organist.

Sunny Ade Mother

Who is the mother of Sunny Ade? Maria Adegeye (née Adesida) was the mother of King Sunny Ade. She was a trader.

Sunny Ade Awards

Sunny Ade Awards

King Sunny Adé has received numerous awards during his career. In November 2016, he became a recipient of the AFRIMA award. In December 2016, he was inducted into the Hard Rock Cafe hall of fame.

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)

Sunny Ade Instagram

King Sunny Ade is an active user of Instagram where he connects and interacts with his teeming fans. He has 23.9k followers as of May 2022 with a handle @kingsunnyade70.

Sunny Ade Net Worth

The net worth of legendary singer, Sunny Ade is believed to be estimated at a value that is much more than $1 million



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