FG Appoints King Sunny Ade as Change Begins With Me Ambassador
The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced the appointment of veteran Juju artiste, King Sunny Ade as an Ambassador of the Federal Government’s re-orientation programme ‘Change Begins With Me’. The appointment was consummated this week when the minister received the music maestro who paid a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja.
While pronouncing the appointment, Mohammed termed Sunny Ade as an icon and a leader, who has reigned in the music industry for over 50 years without blemish. “We are looking for people like you that the younger ones can look up to. It’s not just that you have been around for 50 years but you have been around for 50 years without any single stain on your part and that is very hard.
Most people like you would have had one issue or the other that today their integrity would be at stake. Your integrity is as strong if not stronger than when you started. So it would be a pleasure if you can accept to be our Ambassador of the ‘Change Begins With Me. I want the younger ones to look at you and see that you can actually get to the top without cutting corners. That is exactly what you have done. You have never cut corners and you have gotten to the top.”
While he hailed King Sunny Ade for upholding the Juju music genre to an enviable height in the last 50 year with great energy and deftness, the minister affirmed that he is paying more attention to the growth in the entertainment industry because of its enormous potential in creating work and producing wealth. He also said protecting the intellectual property of the nation’s creative persons is an issue he and his team are working on seriously.
While accepting the offer to serve as an Ambassador of the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign, the respected Juju icon in his response promised to partner the ministry to move the nation forward. “This is what I love to do and it has been in me. We are ready to do that officially throughout the whole world.”