Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital was on lock-down mode, Sunday, December 11, 2016, as all roads led to the star-studded world-class concert tagged “Sunny On Sunday” in honour of juju legend- Sunday Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade.
The evening’s event held at the Temple Balmoral Hall, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, attracted not just music stars and entertainers alone.
Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, as well as Femi Otedola his friend, co-billion and majority owner of Nigerian Stock Exchange listed Forte Oil Plc, momentarily put aside the thought of making more money to unwind with the legend.
Also from the corporate world were Herbert Wigwe, managing director of Access Bank Plc; Tunde Folawiyo of Folawiyo Group; and Adewumni Ogunsanya.
The political class was not excluded from the colourful evening as it attracted Governors Ibikunle Amosu of Ogun State and Ikpeazu Okezie of Abia State.
There were also cabinet Ministers: Alhaji Lai Mohammed of Information and Culture; Babatunde Raji Fashola, immediate past Lagos State governor of the Power, Works and Housing Ministry as well as KayodeFayemi, immediate past Ekiti State Governor, now of the Mines And Steel ministry.
Royalty was not left out of the evening, as Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla lll of Ikateland ably represented the traditional institution.
Other celebrities at the occasion included Salawa Abeni, Kollington Ayinla, Peter Okoye, Waje, Lala Akindoju, Yaw of Wazobia 95.1FM, Toke Makinwa, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Mimi Onalaja, Niniola, Emma Nyra, Don Jazzy, Korede Bello, Tiwa Savage, Reekardo Banks and Dr. Sid.
The flawless execution of the concert by the reckoning of many was a promise that was delivered by leading event management company, Temple Management Company.
Before the event, the company had assured fans of a world-class concert.
Different shades of incandescent lights combined to transform the newly constructed Temple Balmoral Marquee into a theatre of resplendence. Each of the performing acts, mounted the huge stage with full compliments of their bands to churn out ear-tingling melodies.
By the time, the event went full swing, 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 (aka Jennifa) and Lolo Omotunde of Wazobia 95.1FM.
To whet the appetite of the audience, the event opened with performances by fast-rising acts like 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, respectively.
King Sunny Ade pulled a surprise on Onyeka Onwenu as he joined her on stage to melt hearts with a seamless rendition of one of their collaborations: “Wait For Me.” Onyeka did not leave the stage without serenading the well-heeled audience with tunes like “Iyogogo” 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 (SSP). Showing no signs of let-up, SSP dressed like a hip hop star and bounced with youthful energy, taking the audience down memory lane with his classics.
Congolese sensation, AwiloLongomba 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, KSA as he is popularly called, 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.
According to official statistics, the concert was beamed live on DsTV and GOTV to 278 million viewers within Nigeria and Africa.
Confirming this, Terfa Tilley-Gyado, Director Communication, Temple Management Company added the concert was the most talked about with almost 12 million impressions on social media.
Speaking after the event, an elated KSA said: “I am impressed by the delivery and execution of the concert by Temple Management Company. They are pride of the entertainment, sports and arts industry. I dare they say that they are number one. I recall that when I was first approached by them, I made my enquiries and I was convinced by the feedback that I got. Now, I can say confidently that I did not make a wrong choice. I am also grateful to every organization and individual that supported one way or the other.”