Popular Nigerian-born British singer, Sade Adu, turned 61 on Thursday, January 16 as her fans praised her to high heavens. Also music lovers around the world wished her well. It should be noted that the Nigerian-born singer was born in 1959 in Ibadan, Oyo state, and has throughout her music career served as a source of inspiration to many. She was born to a Nigerian professor father and a British mother who is also a nurse. Sade and her brother, Banji moved to Essex, England after the couple separated.
The Nigerian artist has won several awards for her songs, some of which are Officer of the Order of British Empire (OBE) in 2002 and Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2010. Two years ago in 2018, she produced a soundtrack for Disney movie, Wrinkle in Time. Her son, Theo, who celebrated her on his Instagram page, captioned an image he took together with her with “You know how much i love you”. Others in the comment section expressed their love for the veteran singer as they called her a queen and incomparable mother, among other lovely names.
With the new position, Lee has become the first African-American to hold that post in the festival’s very long history. In his reaction to the appointment, the director said he was “honoured” to be asked to fill such an important place, saying he was shocked and surprised at the same time.
“When I got the call…I was shocked, happy, surprised and proud all at the same time. I’m honored to be the first person of the African diaspora (USA) to be named President of the Cannes Jury and of a main film festival,” he said.