King Sunny Ade Biography

King Sunny Ade Biography

King Sunny Adé, born Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye on September 22, 1946, is a legendary Nigerian jùjú singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Recognized as a trailblazer, he holds the distinction of being one of the first African pop musicians to achieve global success, earning acclaim as one of the most influential musicians of all time.

King Sunny Ade

King Sunny Ade

Full Name


Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye MFR


Stage Name

King Sunny Adé


Date of Birth

22 September 1946 (Age: 77)


Place of Birth


Ondo, Southern Region, British Nigeria (now Ondo, Ondo State, Nigeria)




Jùjú, African pop




Singer, Musician


Years Active






Island Records, Sunny Alade, I.R.S., Provogue, African Songs, Sigma Park, Master Disk


Grammy Nominations


First Nigerian artist nominated in 1983 and 1998


Leadership Role 


Chairperson of the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria




AFRIMA Award (2016), Hard Rock Cafe Hall of Fame (2016), Headies Hall of Fame (2021)


Acting Career


Featured in Hollywood films, including "Breathless" and "O.C. and Stiggs"





Early Life





Born in Osogbo to a distinguished Nigerian royal family, Adé, an Omoba of the Yoruba people, inherited a rich musical heritage. His father, a church organist, and his mother, Maria Adegeye, a trader, provided the backdrop for his early exposure to diverse musical influences.




Musical Career