The auction held at the Sunny On Sunday concert, commemorating the
70th birthday ceremony of Juju music icon, King Sunny Ade.
The event which held on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at the Temple Balmoral
Marquee, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
A major highlight of the event was the auction of one of King Sunny Ade’s
famous guitars masterfully painted by award-winning artist, Victor
Ehikhamenor. The master-piece is a collector’s item and has been
receiving anonymous bids.
However, the buyer of the guitar which was auctioned by Dr. Jogun
Onabanjo, Certified Auctioneer and Chief Executive of Onabanjo &
Onabanjo & Co, is yet to be revealed.
Dr. Onabanjo placed the guitar on toss from N9m (nine million Naira) and a
very competitive bid followed and was closed at N52.1m. While the bid was in
progress, the asking price for the guitar doubled to N17m under two minutes
before exceeding the N50m benchmark in 15 minutes.
An ecstatic Ehikhamenor said, “When you are given the opportunity to add
a line to the history of a legend, you’d better ask God to take your hand and
guide your senses. I’ve loved King Sunny Ade’s music for the longest time and
his rhythm is one of the best companion in my studio when working”.
The event, created and executed by Temple Management Company, was hosted by
the comic Jenifa’s Diary duo of Funke Akindele and Lolo
Omotunde, both who performed their duties with Tee A
as hosts for the night.
Jazzy, Babatunde Raji Fashola,
Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Power, Works and Housing and former Lagos State
Governor. Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote,
and Femi Otedola the Nigerian
businessman, entrepreneur philanthropist, and chairman of Forte Oil Plc, an
importer of fuel products.