Woman claiming King Sunny Ade is her biological father, says she’s not after his fame or money
Story from Saleh INUWA, Kano
A middle-aged woman, Elizabeth Temitope, has claimed that legendary musician, King Sunny Ade, is her biological father.
The woman, who spoke with the press in Lagos, said a prophet had informed her that there was a secret her mother withheld for decades, urging her to persuade her mother to confess.
Temitope said her mother told her the man she had always known as her father was not her biological father but King Sunny Ade was. However, several efforts to get in contact with King Sunny Ade had proved abortive, she said.
The woman said she approached the Human Rights Commission and wrote Sunny Ade twice but there had been no response from the musician.
She noted that she was not making efforts to contact Sunny Ade for his fame or riches but she wanted to confirm if she was his daughter or not.
She said: “In 2019, a prophet called me and asked about my mother, he said I should persuade her to reveal a secret to me. I initially didn’t consider the message as important but I informed my husband but he told me not to disregard the message.
He implored me to do as the prophet had said. My mother was staying with one of my sisters in Ifo. I called her, she came around and I told her what the prophet told me. She confessed and said the man I had always known as father was not my biological father. I was confused so I asked who my father is, she said Niyi, so I made further inquiries to know his hometown.
“She said King Sunny Ade, the famous musician from Ondo State. I couldn’t believe I was just learning about it for the first time in so many years. My husband asked me to calm down because I was already tense.
“She told me when she was a young lady, her father wanted to give her hand in marriage to an old man. She initially declined but was persuaded to accept the man.
“Meanwhile, she had met Niyi before then and was already two months pregnant for him. She said she told her mother she was already pregnant but could not tell Niyi about it.
“She eventually married the old man but because she didn’t love him, she went to Ondo State to look for Niyi but couldn’t find him.
“According to what she told me, she was always quarrelling with the man and didn’t allow him to copulate with her and after several months, he sent her packing and she returned to her parents. It was there she gave birth to me and after a year, got married to another man.
“When I clocked two, the aged man who my mother was married to, came to pick me up, refused to send me to school. I was there for a while before I met my husband. After my wedding, we relocated to the north, I spent 10 years there and had all my children. My mother was not in the picture all this while, I didn’t even know her. But when I returned to Lagos, we reconnected.
“So, when the prophet delivered that message, I challenged my mother and she told the truth. My husband said she should take us to my biological father’s house, we went there but we couldn’t meet him. We went another day, but we couldn’t meet him. We were informed that there is a festival in Ondo that he doesn’t miss.
“We went there and saw him performing on stage, we waited but at the end of the day, the efforts were futile. Since then, I have been trying to meet him but it’s still the same.
“I approached the National Human Rights Commission, they wrote him twice, nothing. I’m not making efforts to meet him because of money or fame but because I want to know my origin”, she narrated.