The KSA Memoir: How I built my first house in Lagos + Story of the first 2 women in my life

KSA…Baba Eleshin ni Bariga

sizeable part of the credit for my development as an artiste and a man must go
to Chief
.  It would be grossly
uncharitable to deny him his due.  After
all, he made me a recording artiste just one year after becoming a band
leader.  From there, I enjoyed a steep
ascent to the top of my profession.  I
was named the King of Juju Music early in 1977 by the now defunct Sketch
. The title was officially given to me by the Alaafin
of Oyo
, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.  By
April 2007, I will be 30 years on the throne as the monarch of juju music. I
have won numerous honors since then.

also represented a disruptive influence.  When I built my first house in 1971, I
informed Chief Abioro.  This was
not done before the house was completed because my mother was also not informed
until the house was ready.

KSA the Family Man

Chief Abioro gave me the equivalent
of N3,
, a huge amount in those days. 
I informed him, not because I wanted money from him but to let him know
that I was not wasting my earnings.  It
was an error.  Abioro started giving
other artistes the impression that he built a house for me.  One day we were in a meeting and he said: ‘King Sunny Ade is well treated because he
works hard.  I want all of you to start
working hard so that you can be treated in that manner’.
 I did not allow him to get away with the cheap
shot, as I challenged him to disclose what he did for me that he did not do for
the others.  He replied that he was not
referring to anything in particular. However, I begged him to clear the air
because I suspected that the other artistes would assume that I was the
blue-eyed boy.

KSA…Mum who was initially fooled about ownership of KSA’s first real estate in Lagos rained prayer on him bountifully

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The man who got me my
first landed property…
course, that was the message Abioro wanted to convey.  Since then, they labeled me Omo
(Baba’s son).  The house in
question was built through the assistance of a friend, Mr. Sunday Odebunmi, who
later travelled to Japan with
me.  At the time, he was a staff of the Town Planning
.  He bought a plot of land
in Ilaje/Bariga and advised me to
come and buy another near it. He said the land was bought from Jemi Alade family, a relation of the
late Art
, and assured that there would be no problem. When he told me, I
did not have money and I told him so. He advised that anytime I played at a
show, I should bring the part of the proceeds to him.  I took his advice and he proved to be a
trustworthy person.
other person was Bunmi Owoka, whom I grew up with.  He was the one taking money to Odebunmi
after each show.  After the land was
bought, he also supervised the construction of the house because he was
knowledgeable about construction.  I hid
the house from everybody including my mother. 
Each time I went to check the progress, I made out as if I went to see Odebunmi.  I loved the site because it overlooks a
river. It is like a Marina.
KSA…shocked boss with new property
Day I fooled mum…
the house was painted, I decided to take my mother there to pray.  I lied to her that the house belonged to a
friend who lived in London.  She followed me and prayed for my ‘friend’.  She also begged God to ensure that I built my
own house.  As she made to leave, I told
her that there were more prayers to be offered. 
I knelt down before her and told her that the house was actually
mine.  That was when the prayers really
began, raging uninterrupted for about 30 minutes.  I asked her to choose what part of the house
she would like to occupy and she picked the flat behind.  I later commissioned the house for
publicity.  I have built a few others
after that.

“I had problems
getting a wife in Lagos because fathers did not want their daughters around
musicians. Each time I followed a girl home, I was cold-shouldered by her
family.  To many parents, being a
musician was the equivalent of carrying a communicable disease.  When I could no longer take the humiliation,
I returned to Ondo in search of a woman and got one”.
KSA…His boss, Abioro wanted to take credit for the building of the house but KSA denied him the privilege
am also grateful to God that at least, three quarters of the members of my band
are successful in their private lives. I know that one of them built houses
stretching from end of a street to the other.
of those who worked with me have their own homes and some are still
building.  They drive cars and run
profitable businesses on the sides.  Some
have children in universities abroad and in Nigeria.  I made it my responsibility to offer
assistance whenever any of them is building. 
I usually tell them that if a man wants to live well in Lagos, the first
step is to become a Landlord.
KSA…Built his first house without Mum’s knowledge
Why I couldn’t get a
Lagos girl to marry…
the time I completed my house, I also got married.  Marriage may not be the appropriate word, but
I had a woman living with me, so I considered her my wife.  Her name is Ayo and we have since
gone our separate ways.
had problems getting a wife in Lagos
because fathers did not want their daughters around musicians. Each time I
followed a girl home, I was cold-shouldered by her family.  To many parents, being a musician was the
equivalent of carrying a communicable disease. 
When I could no longer take the humiliation, I returned to Ondo in search of a woman and got
one.  There were others after her and I
simply refer to myself as married with children.
KSA…A Man of Peace
How I handle my
marital life is a subject that haunts me and for certain reasons, I avoid
talking about it.  A few mistakes were
made alright, but this is not the time to apportion blames.  Someday, by the grace of God, I will tell the
world what I have seen from the beginning of my marital life up to date.  For now, I just want people to rejoice with
me, appreciate my work and see that I have come a long way rather than focus on
my marital life.  The life of a
polygamist is quite different from that of a monogamist.  You cannot compare the two.  I have kids of my own and adopted some from
S.O.S Village.  I treat them the same
way; no discrimination whatsoever.  In a
way, this is my attitude to women.  I do
not prefer one to the other.  There is no
need for that because it does not affect the relationship between me and my
children.  My problem with my women is
exclusively mine, not theirs.  The
children are close, regardless of whom their mothers are and they love me. But
in the future, I will reveal what really happened; maybe when I am 65 or 70.
KSA….Knows what it takes to enjoy peace away from his women
then, all my children would have grown up, perhaps married with kids of their
own.  Then we could talk about
everything.  For now, they are still too
young to deal with the consequences of such disclosures.  They could misunderstand certain things and
have always told me that, it is not every linen that is washed and spread
from the book; KSA: My Life, My Music by
King Sunny Ade. Read ‘How I became a polygamist’ tomorrow on
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