African Legend King Sunny Ade Appointed As Change Ambassador
7 March 2017 News
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has appointed African legend and Juju music maestro King Sunny Ade as an Ambassador of the National Re-Orientation Programme “Change Begins With Me.”
This was made public on Monday when the minister received the music maestro in his office in Abuja describing him as an icon and a trail blazer, who has reigned in the music industry for over 50 years without blemish.
He said “we are looking for people like you (King Sunny Ade) that the younger ones can look up to. It’s not just that you have been around for fifty years but you have been around for fifty years without any single stain on your part and that is very hard.
“Most people like you would have had one issue or the other that today their integrity would be at stake. Your integrity is as strong if not stronger than when you started. So it would be a pleasure if you can accept to be our Ambassador of the “Change Begins With Me”.
”I want the younger ones to look at you and see that you can actually get to the top without cutting corners. That is exactly what you have done. You have never cut corners and you have gotten to the top.”
This is not the first time the minister is showing open admiration for the Juju music maestro. He had late 2016 congratulated King Sunny Ade on his 70th birthday, describing him as a cultural icon and a trail blazer.
The minister said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is paying more attention to the development of the entertainment industry because of its vast potential in generating employment and creating wealth.
While accepting the offer to serve as an Ambassador of the “Change Begins With Me” Campaign, King Sunny Ade pledged to partner with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to move the nation forward.
“You don’t need to say much. This is what I love to do and it has been in me. We are ready to do that officially throughout the whole world,” he said.
King Sunny Ade thanked the Minister for the uncommon passion he has shown to the entertainment industry, especially in organising the artists to achieve their potentials and contribute to nation-building.
He also thanked the Minister for attending his 70th birthday celebration, which was held recently.