Juju music legend, King Sunny Ade, says it took a long time for his family to forgive him for going into music.


As a true prince, his family was completely averse to his career choice.

In an interview with Accelerate TV, KSA, as he is fondly referred to, told the story of how his family opposed his involvement in music.

“According to my parents, they took me to Osogbo where I schooled and that was where I developed my interest in music; any music at all. I love to dance and eat. In the school, I joined the boys brigade and the school .


“That was where it all started but my parents didn’t want me to study music because they used to call me Omoba (prince) so how would I be performing for people.

“They used to say that people are supposed to perform for Oba (King)and Omoba so from there I developed my interest without the family’s knowledge. They forgave me about 10 or 20 years ago.”

The dreams and aspirations that transform the child into an adult begin to emanate from childhood.


In the case of the Nigerian music maestro, King Sunny Ade, his childhood ambitions were different from the man he’s become.

KSA wanted to be; either a pilot, engineer or an athlete.

“My ambition was to be an engineer, a pilot, an athlete maybe a footballer. I mostly considered engineering and medicine because I love to help people.

“In the Boys Brigade, during the BB week, you have to go out to help people but I finally found myself in music so I stayed there and chose it as my career.”


The artiste, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday and 5o years on stage, revealed that he has only four mentors in Nigeria.

“I have four of them. One is IK Dairo, he plays Juju music. Another is Dr Victor Olaiya, my former boss Moses Olaiya, he is now the comedian known as Baba Sala; no one believes that he is a musician. He plays the guitar and talking drum.

“I respect them for the roles they played in the music industry and the roles they played when I was with one of them.”


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