For the first time since their emergence on the music scene, King Sunny Ade and his acclaimed Juju music rival, Evangelist Ebenezer have revealed how they fooled their numerous fans into believing that they were sworn enemies.
Revealing this at a press conference organised by Grand Faaji Concepts to announce what many have dubbed the clash of two titans, a show featuring King Sunny Ade and his friend and rival of many decades Evangelist Ebenezer Obey in concert, were the juju music icons who went down memory lane to reveal how they would meet at the Evangelists house to discuss matters of mutual benefits while their fans engaged in street fights over who was the better juju musician.
The climax of the cat and mouse game came when they were both caught at their game by the late world acclaimed traveller, socialite and free lance journalist, Olabisi Ajala a.k.a Ajala Travel who on discovering the bond between the two musicians hurried with the story to an evening publication.
The subsequent publication and expose meant the two “warring musicians” needed to sheathe their swords and seek alternate playing ground away from the battle field they had adopted at the Yaba area of Lagos.
“It is true our fans often fought regularly after every of shows, but somehow, but we didn’t let that get to us. And as soon as we ended our shows, I would visit my brother here, to discuss and sometimes issues bothering on the conduct of the fans were tabled” King Sunny Ade revealed.
Continuing, the twice Grammy nominated juju maetsro said, “after Olabisi Ajala had done his expose on the pages of an evening tabloid, I and my brother, Commander agreed that we needed to separate from the Yaba location where we played.
We also agreed if one of us is contracted to play at a certain part of the country, the other will not accept offers to play in the same location. That way we were able to curtail the excess of our fans”
Evangelist Obey when asked to speak on what he considered the strength of King Sunny Ade described the Ondo State born juju musician as a man whose stagemanship and mastery of the guitar were his greatest asset on stage.
Both musicians will be playing in public together for the first time at a concert dubbed One Night Stand at the highbrow Lagos IlEko Hotel on November 7.