Afro Juju creator, Sir Shina Peters has paid a special tribute to his former boss and father in music, General Prince Josiah Adekunle who passed on yesterday, Saturday morning in Lagos at the age of 75.
Reacting to his death, SSP wrote on his Facebook wall:
“I woke up this morning, heard people crying. I said what happened? They said my Mentor, Father, the big boss, PRINCE JOSIAH ADEKUNLE has left this sinful world. Daddy you have contributed immensely to the Entertainment World, especially in Africa. May the LORD grant you eternal peace. RIP. Young Shina omo Adekunle.”
Meanwhile, two of his children left moving tributes. Mary Balogun Adekunle described her late dad as a hero.
“GENERAL PRINCE ADEKUNLE is gone, my father is gone, the hero has passed on, the great music legend has left to meet with his creator. Rest in peace my lovely daddy. I will personally miss you”
Adding her voice, Mary’s younger sister, Omolara Adekunle said she would continue to remember the notable impact of her dad on her life and his place in her heart would remain irreplaceable.
“My DADDY PRINCE Why sudden exist?/An ICON, A GIANT has gone, a VACCUM has been created, an honest man, a man of notable impact. GENERAL PRINCE ADEKUNLE! If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again, Well to you oh God we are coming unto.
You left unexpected time.Your exist is a big loss and painful to many of us for obvious reasons especially the whole ADEKUNLES. We know u left behind what money cannot buy, a legacy of integrity, dignity and hospitable.
“Your good work will ever remain indelible in our mind most especially the music aspect. YOU CAME, YOU SAW, YOU CONQUERED. ADIEU Pa GENERAL PRINCE ADEKUNLE”
General Adekunle, known for his rich, bluesy collection of philosophical Juju music, was one of the successful band leaders in the 70s and 80s. During his illustrious career, he mentored a generation of Juju artistes including Sir Shina Peters, Dayo Kujore and Segun Adewale.
General Adekunle had to his credits a medley of popular chart numbers with catchy tunes including Give Us This Day, London Special, Aditu Ede and Won N’reti Eleya blended together to rule the airwaves and parties.
His music career took a plunge when he was convicted of drug trafficking in the United States of America (USA). He was later released to come back to Nigeria where he served terms briefly before he was left off the hook. He released a special album, Adekunle @70 to mark his 70th birthday five years ago.
On record, he was in England severally and had SSP, Segun Adewale and Dayo Kujore on his musical tour before the ‘rebellious troika’ left him to form their respective bands. Shina Peters and Segun Adewale formed a band, Shina Adewale but soon parted ways to pursue their solo careers like Day Kujore, the Soko music exponent.
General Adekunle born October 22, 1942, hailed from Abeokuta, Ogun State. His last public outing was April 2017 at the 75th birthday of one of his early influences in music, Evang.Ebenzer Obey in Abeokuta, Ogun State.