Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, will be Special Guest of Honour at the One Nite Stand concert celebrating two music legends, King Sunny Ade and Evang. (Dr.) Ebenezer Obey, October 22, at the New Expo Hall, Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The concert is being organised as part of activities celebrating 50 years of Nigeria’s independence.
Organised by GrandFaaji Concepts Limited, One Nite Stand is in recognition of the services that had been rendered to the Nigerian information and cultural landscapes by KSA and Obey, two music icons who are both Members of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR).
According to renown arts writer and culture activist, Ben Tomoloju, the two musicians are not just about “praise-singing or narcissism,they sang on social issues.
An appraisal of Obey’s repertoire will be incomplete without a mention of his songs on the change of currency to Naira and Kobo, the Right-to-Left Hand Drive in the early 1970s and Operation Feed the Nation, which was released a few years later.
He also had tracks like “Better Life for Women,” “Women Deserve Better Treatment,” E je ka tele Ofin (Let us follow the rule) and the highly satirical Oyinbo Repete on driving culture in Nigeria as testimonies to his advocacy for the beneficial social cause. Sunny Ade, in this connection, also had his song on FESTAC 77 as proof of his commitment to the pan-African cause.
He also registered his presence among the corps of Nigerian cultural activists as the pioneer president of the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria and a dependable ally in the fight against copyright abuses.”
Sunny Ade, it would be recalled, once rallied musicians from all parts of Nigeria and from diverse genres to sing about the unity of Nigeria in ‘Nigeria Yi Ti Gbogbo Wa Ni.