Banky-W is a well-known rapper, singer, actor, and musician from Nigeria. Olubankole Wellington is his true name. He was born in the United States on March 27, 1981, to Nigerian parents. When he was five years old, his family returned to Nigeria. He began singing in his church choir at an early age.
Profile Summary of Banky W
27 March 1981
New York City, U.S.
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He received his elementary and secondary school education in Lagos before returning to the United States to pursue his tertiary education as an Engineering student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York on a scholarship.
Banky W Music Career
In 2002, while still a student, he founded the E.M.E record label. He left the United States for Nigeria in 2009 and founded his record label in Lagos, where he signed musicians like Niyola, Shaydee, Skales, and Wizkid. Back in the Building, his big break first studio album, was released in 2005. He created Etisalat Nigeria’s first and most popular theme song, “0809ja for Life.”
On February 15, 2013, a day after Valentine’s Day, he debuted his new album, “R&BW,” at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos, with an event dubbed “The Grand Love Concert.” Several other record artists, including Iyanya and Waje, performed during the performance. The album’s first two songs, “Lowkey” and “Yes/No,” were both hit singles. As a result, Banky-W has become the face of Nigerian R&B music.
E.M.E. Dissolution in 2017
E.M.E was disbanded as a record label in February 2018, according to Banky W, who stated that the label is now a talent management firm focused on creative marketing, advertising, PR, and brand events. DJ Xclusive, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru, and his wife Adesua Etomi (all celebrities) were also announced as the relaunched company’s first clients. This just goes to prove that Banky W best 0is yet to come. Many people find encouragement in seeing Banky-career W’s progress over time.
Banky W Political Career
Banky W announced his intention to compete for the Lagos Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in the Nigerian House of Representatives on November 11, 2018. He planned to do so on the platform of the Modern Democratic Party, which was founded in 2017.
Later, in an interview with Punch, Banky-W stated that he entered politics because he wanted to make a difference in his community and be a part of the development that all Nigerians want.
While many people were dubious of Banky-decision W’s to enter politics, he received a lot of support from followers, especially young people. We may never know whether they believed in his vision and felt he was capable, or whether they voted for him out of devotion to his art.
However, on February 23, 2019, Banky Wellington was defeated by Babajide Obanikoro of the All Progressive Congress in the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency Elections.
Banky W Personal Life
Banky-W married Adesua Etomi in a traditional ceremony on November 19, 2017, and then had his white wedding on November 25, 2017, in South Africa. Many people were surprised by his relationship with Adesua. Haven successfully kept their relationship off the social media radar, they both starred as couples in the famous film ‘Wedding Party,’ which contributed to Nigerians’ surprise when their relationship was revealed. Many people like Banky-W because he doesn’t have the ‘baby mama controversy’ that many other celebs have.
In 2017, Banky-W underwent successful skin cancer surgery on his shoulder.
Banky W Net Worth
Banky-W makes money by advertising his work, which he distributes on multiple platforms such as iTunes and Spinet. His loyalty to Ring Back Tunes (RBT) also contributes to his earnings. In 2008, Banky W signed his first endorsement agreement with Etisalat, following the release of Ebute Metta. According to unconfirmed sources, the contract was worth N150 million. He appeared in the iconic advertisement, 0809ja for life, after becoming a brand ambassador for the Nigerian telecoms firm.
After signing for an undisclosed sum, the R&B pop artist became the new face of the Coca-Open colas and Win campaign. The 2012 agreement was just for three months.
In 2013, he secured a multi-year sponsorship contract with Samsung Electronics West Africa. This agreement was worth around N140 million, according to Ventures Africa. After signing a one-year endorsement contract with the firm in 2011, he decided to stay with them for another year. The contract from 2013 was renewed in 2017.
When he joined MTN in 2014, the E.M.E record label chief switched telecommunication carriers. According to Online Sources, it is estimated to be worth about N50 million. In 2015, he renewed his contract.
In 2014, he secured a new endorsement contract to be the ambassador of Ciroc Nigeria, according to The Nation. It is estimated to be valued at around N30 million. In 2015, his contract to endorse the brand was extended, and then again in 2017.
Banky’s most recent partnership is with Uber, a prominent ride-hailing service in the nation. On April 5, 2018, this was announced. Forbes estimates Banky-net W’s worth to be #2.3 billion nairas.
Banky W gives back to the community through the ‘I Am Capable’ scholarship fund, which provides tertiary scholarships to deserving youngsters. He is also a strong supporter of the ‘LightupNigeria’ project, which aims to provide Nigeria with a reliable electricity supply.
- Studio albums
- Back in the Building (2006)
- Mr. Capable (2008)
- The W Experience (2009)
- R&BW (2013)
- Undeniable (2003)
- 2017: Songs About U (2017)
- Empire Mates State of Mind (2012)
- 2013: “Jasi”
- 2014: “Jaiye Orimi”
- 2015: “High Notes”
- 2015: “All I Want Is You” feat. Chidinma
- 2015: “Cash Only” As featured artist
- 2016: “Made for You”
- 2016: “Onyeuwaoma” As featured artist
- 2016: “Mi Re Do (Cocoloso)” feat. Stonebwoy and Shaydee
Banky W Movies
- The Wedding Party (2016)
- The Wedding Party 2 (2017)
- Up North (2018)
- Sugar Rush (2019)
Banky W Awards and Recognitions
- John Lennon Song Writing Award 2006, R&B Category, for ‘My Regret’
- Best R&B Artist, Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2006
- Best Male R&B Artist, Urban Independent Music Awards, USA, 2006
- Best International Album, Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2007 for ‘Mr. Capable’
- Best R&B Video, Nigerian Music Video Awards 2008 for ‘Don’t Break My Heart’
- Best Male Vocal Performance, Hip hop World Awards 2009 for ‘Don’t Break My Heart’
- R&B Single of the year, 2010 Hip Hop World Awards for ‘Strong Ting’
- Best R&B Singer (Male) and Best Music Video 2010 City People Entertainment Awards