Juju maestro, Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, enrolled officially Nigeria’s first Nigerian musician to donate pieces from his personal reserve to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection.
His vintage Fender Guitar and other personal items, including an album cover and a pair of shoes presented at the Hard Rock Cafe Lagos, joins over 81,000 pieces of music memorabilia acquired over Hard Rock’s 45-year history.
The deal was negotiated by leading talent and event management company- Temple Management Company, which also sealed the highly-publicized grand concert for King Sunny Ade tagged: “Sunny On Sunday” held on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Federal palace Hotel in Lagos.
KSA’s donation joins other iconic pieces like Madonna’s wedding dress from “Like a Virgin;” John Lennon’s wireframe tinted glasses, Jim Morrison’s famous brown leather pants, and many more.
Commenting, an elated Adegeye said: “I’m thrilled to be the first Nigerian musician to donate personal items to Hard Rock’s world-famous collection and to be showcased alongside other legendary artists.
“For me, this is more than just a ceremony; it’s an opportunity to pass on a cultural legacy and inspire new generations of musicians around the globe.
“It’s a great honour to be able to pay homage to the rich and historic musical roots in Lagos with a memorabilia donation from King Sunny Ade,” said Sanjay Mathani, chief executive of Hard Rock Cafe Lagos.
“Hard Rock embraces all genres of music and we are proud to support such a talented and influential artist,” he added.
“Celebrating King Sunny Ade is something of a national assignment for us at Temple Management Company that must be carried out,” said Terfa Tilley-Gyado, Director of Communications, Temple Management.
“An induction into the Hard Rock’s famous memorabilia collection is just one of such responsibilities that will culminate at a grand concert that Nigerians have never witnessed come December 11,” he added.
The concert also featured popular crooners like Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, Terry Apala, Jeff and Tyson Noir.
Celebrities at the event included: Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, Peter Psquare Okoye, Bovi, Korede Bello, Olisa Adibua, Kunle Afolayan, Di’Ja, Bolanle Olukani and Inidinma Okogie among others.