The word had spread like wildfire that King Sunny Ade has been chosen as Africaâ€™s sole representative to perform at the opening ceremony at the 2010 edition of the World cup held in South Africa.
The King had in an interview with Showtime confirmed the story.
Not only that, he went on to state that he was also part of the six musicians chosen for the six continents of the world to compose a befitting theme song for the Mundial.
We were also told that his version of the theme song wa to be rendered in Yoruba.
So what went wrong with the dream many have asked long after the games ended?
King Sunny Ade provided the answers when a delegation of the Lagos Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists paid him a condolence visit at his Omole, Lagos home last Tuesday.
Said he â€œThe World Cup was one event I had dreamt of taking part but certain events that happened to me forestalled the dreams.
It was at the peak of my preparation that two of my band boys died in a ghastly motor accident.
They were on their to a venue of one our shows when the vehicle they were traveling in was involved in a multiple accidentâ€.
Was that enough reason to miss the World cup? Yes, the Grammy Award nominee affirmed. It would have been callous on my part to travel abroad when two of my musicians had died. I had to forfeit everything to be with the families of the departed.
Continuing, the King of World Beat as the Juju musician is also famously called, said IfÂ my late mother had died while I was in South Africa, I would have abandoned the game to come homeâ€.