Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye popularly known professionally as King Sunny Adé was born on 22 September 1946. Born in Osogbo to a Nigerian royal family from Ondo, thus making him an Omoba of the Yoruba people.
His father was a church organist, while his mother was a trader from Akure. Sunny Adé left grammar school in Ondo under the pretense of going to the University of Lagos. There, in Lagos, his musical career started.
He is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in the West African musical style jùjú. One of the first African pop musicians to gain international success.
King Sunny was influenced by Juju pioneer and borrowed stylistic elements from Nightingale’s ‘So wa mbe’ style of juju.
In the 1970s and 1980s Adé embarked on a tour of America and Europe. His stage act was characterised by dexterous dancing steps and mastery of the guitar.
He founded the King Sunny Ade Foundation, an organization that includes a performing arts center, a state of the art recording studio, and housing for young musicians.
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 Hard Rock Cafe hall of fame.
In March 2017, he was appointed ambassador for the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign by the Nigerian minister of Information Lai Mohammed.
On 16 July 2017, King Sunny Ade announced that he would be returning to stage in London along side his rival act Ebenezer Obey for a musical comeback themed A Night 2 Remember with the Legends.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife and recipient of the Order of the Federal Republic.