The deal is signed and delivered were the words veteran showbiz writer and United State of America based on air personality, Azuka Jebose Molokwu, used to sum up arrangement for the October billed musical clash between two of Nigeria’s foremost juju musicians, King Sunny Ade and Commander (now turned preacher) Ebenezer Obey.
Described as the perfecting icing to the joyous moods of a nation celebrating 50years of self rule, the concert perhaps would also put pay to the several decades of rumour that both juju musicians are enemies.
And so on October 22, the exquisite ball room of the Eko Hotels explodes as two of the best musical ambassadors the country has ever produced will climb the same stage, on the same night and sharing the same musical equipment, to entertain the same audience.
But unknown to most Nigerians, King Sunny Ade and Evangelist Ebenezer are indeed very close.
Recently at wedding of one of King Sunny Ade’s daughter, both wore the same uniform and stood by side by side the wedding couple at the Church alter.
“The King visits the Commander at his Lagos home to consult on matters concerning the entertainment industry” a close associate of the juju musician revealed to Showtime.
Speaking on the arrangement made so far for the concert, Jebose disclosed that “we started planning for the concert since March and today everything has fallen in place. By the end of the week, we’d be issuing a media statement.
And after that there will be an elaborate media signing ceremony for the two – King Sunny Ade and Commander Ebenezer Obey.”
Is he alone on the project, we sought to know? “No. I’m working with a long time friend, Taiwo Obey with whom I set up Grand Faaji Concept an event and promotion company.
My brother, this dream has been in the pipeline for more than two decades.
After my messy divorce that left me penniless, I have been searching for the right person to team up with, until I ran into Taiwo” Jebose disclosed.