A Nigerian woman named Elizabeth Temitope Ayeni, has publicly come out as the daughter of legendary Juju music icon, King Sunny Ade.
Speaking during an interview with PUNCH, Elizabeth explained the protracted paternity dispute that led to her discovery.
She claims that in 2019, after years of deceiving her about her biological father, her mother finally came clean on her paternity.
According to Ayeni, she started asking questions when a prophet revealed that her mother was keeping something important from her.
She claimed her mother finally revealed Sunny Ade, as her real father after decades of keeping the secret.
Ayeni narrated how she turned to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for assistance after several fruitless attempts to contact the music sensation.
She claimed that despite the NHRC writing to Sunny Ade, all efforts to locate him are still ineffective.
She added that the goal was to build a friendship with him rather than to get financial advantages.
“In 2019, a pastor told me to ask my mother to reveal a secret to me. First, I didn’t take it seriously until my husband told me to. So I called my mother and she confessed to me,” Ayeni said.
“My mother said the man I had always known as my father, isn’t my biological father. She said my biological father is Niyi and he is from Ondo state. When I asked who Niyi is, she said Sunny Ade the singer.
“My mother said it all began when she was still living with her father. Then, her father wanted to marry her off to an aged man but she refused because she had met Sunny Ade earlier and was two months pregnant for him.
“She said she eventually got married to the aged man since she couldn’t get in touch with Sunny Ade anymore. After getting married, my mother said she went in search of Sunny Ade but couldn’t find him.
“She went back to her parent’s place after the search and delivered me there. So, when I was two-year-old my mother left me with my grandma and remarried. Since the confession, I have been searching for Sunny Ade.
“I also went to a festival where he performed but couldn’t get through to him. Every effort to meet with him has been fruitless so I went to NHRC for help.
“NHRC has also taken two letters and photographs to him but to no avail. All I want is to know my background not because Sunny Ade is wealthy.”
Sunny Ade is believed to be married to about seven wives.
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