Thursday, December 15, 2016

Awilo Longomba,Tiwa Savage,Dangote, Onyeka Onwenu, Shina Peters, More, At King Sunny Ade’s ‘Sunny On Sunday’ Concert

King Sunny Ade’s legendary status was again confirmed at his eponymous world-class concert tagged Sunny On Sunday which held recently at the Temple Balmoral Hall, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The hall was packed full as the event flow was masterfully marshalled by comedian, Tee A and interspersed with generous doses of humour by the funny duo of Funke Akindele and Lolo 1.

To whet the appetite of the audience, the event opened with performances by fast-rising acts including Tyson Noir, Jeff, Moyeen and Niniola. Darey, Iyanya and Omawumi, took the momentum several notches higher with medleys of their popular tunes including Pray For Me, Kukere and Bottom Belle Medley, respectively.

King Sunny Ade pulled a surprise on Onyeka Onwenu as he joined her on stage to melt hearts with a seamless rendition of Wait For Me. Onyeka did not leave the stage without serenading the well-heeled audience with tunes like Nyogogo and Ekwe.

The celebrant, King Sunny Ade nodded and danced along as his evergreen tunes were given a remake by Darey, Tiwa Savage and Sir Shina Peters (SPP). Showing no signs of let-up, SSP dressed like a hip hop star and bouncing with youthful energy took the audience down memory lane with his classics.

Congolese sensation, Awilo Longomba with his exotic dancers sent the audience into revelry with his monster hit songs such as Gate Le Coin, Coupe Bibamba and Karolina.

Although he is 70 and aging gracefully, King Sunny Ade did not miss the chance to dazzle the audience with his famous footwork. When challenged to a dance duel by the Congolese sensation, Papa Youth as he is fondly called responded with equal gusto and verve sending the audience into frenzy.

Bringing the gig to a climax, King Sunny Ade and his African Beats Band teased the audience with a medley of popular evergreen songs from his collection including Easy Motion Tourist, Merciful God and Aye N’reti among others. He then launched into praise chants of eminent personalities at the occasion. Toyosi Adegeye, the 13 year-old daughter of the veteran musician capped the evening with a medley of Yoruba gospel songs.

The event attracted serving Governors and Ministers including Ibikunle Amosu of Ogun State, Ikpeazu Okezie of Abia State Governor, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing and Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Mines And Steel.

Topping the list of leading dignitaries at the occasion were Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Adewumni Ogunsanya, Herbert Wigwe, Tunde Folawiyo and Oba Saheed Elegushi.

Other celebrities at the occasion include Salawa Abeni, Kollington Ayinla, Peter Okoye, Waje, Lala Akindoju, Yaw, Toke Makinwa, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Mimi Onalaja, Niniola, Emma Nyra, Don Jazzy, Korede Bello, Tiwa Savage, Reekardo Banks and Dr. Sid.

A major highlight of the night was the setting of a new record in celebrity when King Sunny Ade’s vintage Fender Telecaster guitar produced in 1950 was sold for a whopping N52.1million.

 It was a fiercely contested bidding process moderated by United Auction House’s Dr. Jogun Onabanjo, Certified Auctioneer and Chairman of the The Certified Institute of Auctioneers, Lagos.

The bid for the guitar opened at N9million and it soon became one of the single most priced asset in the newly constructed hall as collectors’ outbidded each other. In the audience were some of the Aliko Dangote, CEO, Dangote Group, Femi Otedola, CEO, Forte Oil, Adewumni Ogunsanya, Chairman of DSTV Nigeria and Herbert Wigwe, CEO, Access Bank Nigeria among others.

The guitar received the artistic signature touch of celebrity Nigerian visual artist, Victor Ehikhamenor who etched his exquisite murals on the iconic piece of music.

The guitar is the second that King Sunny Ade will be parting with after he recently donated another Fender Telecaster with shoes and a suit to the Hard Rock Cafe Music Memorabilia Collection at a ceremony in Lagos.
See all the photos from the concert below...