Nigeria’s music icon and Grammy Award-nominated star, Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade, has broken record to become the first Nigerian musician to donate pieces from his personal reserve to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection paving way fot others to follow. The event took place on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and he donated a vintage Fender Guitar and other personal items including an album cover and a pair of shoes at Hard Rock Cafe Lagos. Speaking at the occasion he said,
“I’m thrilled to be the first Nigerian musician to donate personal items to Hard Rock’s world-famous collection and to be showcased alongside other legendary artists,” said King Sunny Ade. “For me, this is more than just a ceremony; it’s an opportunity to pass on a cultural legacy and inspire new generations of musicians around the globe.”
King Sunny Ade’s donated personal items will join more than 81,000 pieces of music memorabilia that Hard Rock has acquired over its 45-year history. Other iconic pieces include Madonna’s wedding dress from “Like a Virgin,” John Lennon’s wireframe tinted glasses, Jim Morrison’s famous brown leather pants, and many more.
Celebrities at the event include Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, Peter Psquare Okoye, Bovi, Korede Bello, Olisa Adibua, Kunle Afolayan, Di’Ja, Bolanle Olukani and Inidinma Okogie among others.