Banky W, whose birth name is Olubankole Wellington, is a multi-talented individual known for his contributions to the Nigerian music industry as a singer, rapper, and songwriter.
Born on March 27, 1981, in the United States to Nigerian parents, Banky W later moved back to Nigeria at a young age.
Throughout his career, he has achieved remarkable success not only in music but also as an actor, entrepreneur, and politician. In this blog post, we will delve into the life and achievements of Banky W, including his early beginnings, music career, entrepreneurial ventures, and political aspirations.
Early Life and Education:
Banky W’s journey began in the United States, where he was born to Nigerian parents. At the age of five, his family returned to Nigeria, and he discovered his passion for music by singing in his church choir. He received his primary and secondary education in Lagos before pursuing higher studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, where he earned a scholarship.
Music Career and Entrepreneurship:
While still in school, Banky W founded Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E), a record label and music company. In 2009, he returned to Nigeria and established the headquarters of his record label in Lagos. Throughout his career, Banky W has released several successful albums and singles, including his debut studio album “Back in the Building” in 2005. He also wrote the theme song for Etisalat Nigeria, titled “0809ja for life.”
Banky W’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to expand his ventures beyond music. In 2018, he announced the transition of E.M.E from a record label to a creative marketing, advertising, public relations, and brand events company. Notable personalities such as DJ Xclusive, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru, and his wife, Adesua Etomi, became the company’s first clients.
Aside from his achievements in the entertainment industry, Banky W has also ventured into politics. In 2019, he ran for the Lagos’ Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in the Nigerian House of Representatives on the platform of the Modern Democratic Party. Although he did not emerge victorious, he gained significant attention for his political aspirations.
Looking ahead, Banky W declared his defection from the Modern Democratic Party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in preparation for the 2023 general election. He aimed to secure the PDP’s ticket to run for the Lagos’ Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in Nigeria’s House of Representatives.
Personal Life and Net Worth:
Banky W tied the knot with actress Adesua Etomi in a traditional ceremony in 2017, followed by a white wedding in South Africa. In 2021, the couple welcomed a son, surprising many as they had kept the pregnancy a secret.
As a result of his successful music career, entrepreneurial endeavors, and other ventures, Banky W has amassed an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Banky W’s journey from a young choir singer to a renowned Nigerian-American artist, actor, entrepreneur, and politician is truly inspiring. With his determination and talent, he has left an indelible mark on the music industry while branching out into other sectors. As he continues to explore his passions and aspirations, Banky W serves as a role model for aspiring individuals looking to make their mark in multiple domains.