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Singer BANKY W Full Biogrpahy

FULL NAMES:         Olubankole Wellington

DATE OF BIRTH:       March 27, 1981

OCCUPATION:          Singer: R&B

MARITAL  STATUS:   Engaged

 

INTRODUCTION
Olubankole Wellington known under the stage name Banky W, and credited in film as Banky Wellington,
is a very popular and succesful Nigerian singer, rapper and actor. He
is responsible for breaking out one of Africa’s biggest stars Wizkid
after he signed him in 2009.

EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND

Wellington was
born in the United States to Nigerian parents, but the family moved back
to Lagos Nigeria when he was five years old where he began singing in
his church choir at the age of 8. After completing his secondary school
Education at Home Science Association Secondary School, he moved to New
York to attend college on a scholarship; earning a degree in Engineering
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

While still in
college, he won the ‘Albany Idol’ competition, which catapulted him into
the spotlight. He overcame many personal trials and obstacles to
quickly become an in-demand artist on the local music scene; performing
alongside major acts on tour. He wowed audiences with his silky smooth
voice while building a loyal following; he established the Empire Mates
Entertainment (E.M.E.) record label as a platform to get his music to
his fans and began work on an EP.

LIFE AND CAREER

Under
the name Banky W, he released the EP Undeniable in 2003, as the first
release on his jointly owned E.M.E Records. The EP was released on his
own label, and was sold on the internet and out of the trunks of cars.
The buzz around the album caught the ears of the executives at Fox 23
News New York who promptly dispatched a reporter with a camera crew to
investigate the phenomenon sweeping the area. They were surprised it was
a three person company executing a highly successful grassroots
marketing campaign. The report became a two part special they aired
leading to a distribution deal with TransWorld (Coconut’s, Warehouse
Music, Spec’s Music); one of North America’s largest music distributors.
It became one of the top selling independent records, won him the 2003
R&B/Soul Artist of the Year at the Urban Independent Music
Awards.His career was for a while threatened by cancer in the shoulder,
but he managed to make a recovery from the illness.

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In
2005 he released his first album, titled Back in the Building,
containing the award-winning song “My Regret”. The R&B/Soul album
was released to critical acclaim; he had crafted a classic record and
solidified his status as ground breaking artist. The album spawned the
award winning song ‘My Regret’ and on the strength of this enduring
single he became an urban-underground-yet-international icon. The awards
and accolades followed with a US Songwriting Award, 2006 Nigerian
Entertainment Award – R&B/Soul Artist of the Year and 2007
International Single of the Year to name a few. Banky followed this up
by winning the prestigious worldwide John Lennon Songwriting Award in
the R&B Category and signing a lucrative US Publishing deal. He was
also a featured artist on AOL and Cingular Wireless Hip Hop Superstar
with MTV’s Xzibit, numerous magazines covers, as well as touring North
America Africa & Europe.

In 2008 he moved to
Nigeria after the completion of his latest highly anticipated album Mr
Capable under the name Banky W. With the sole mission of exposing
African music to the world and bringing a high profile presence to the
industry. On MySpace he garnered over 1 million song plays; on YouTube,
hundreds of thousands of views for his videos; and on Facebook, his
recently created fan page has over 447,705 registered fans, growing at a
rate of over 500 new fans per week.

In December 2009,
Banky W dropped his much anticipated second album in Nigeria, titled The
W Experience . A strong contender for the best album of 2009/2010 in
Africa, it features production from Nigeria’s most sought-after talents,
and showcases Banky W. as he combines global R&B/Pop with African
rhythms and influences to create an entirely unique and impressive
sound. The 15-track album features collaborations from the
internationally acclaimed and Interscope-signed artiste, Verse Simmonds;
it also introduces his newly signed E.M.E acts, WIZKID and SKALES; and
solidifies Banky W as the crown Prince of African Soul/R&B.

A
day after Valentine of 2013, he launched his new album “R&BW” with a
concert tagged the “The Grand Love Concert” at the Civic Centre, Ozumba
Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos, which featured several other artistes
including Iyanya, Waje and more. The first two singles from the album
“Lowkey” and “Yes/No” (which has a spectacular video to it), are already
receiving rave reviews.

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Not to be outdone by his
exploits in the music world, he is also accomplished in several other
fields. He’s a published writer, as articles from his blog
(http://bankyw.blogspot.com) have been featured in numerous Nigerian
Newspapers, magazines and websites. As a philanthropist, he launched the
“I AM CAPABLE” scholarship fund, which provides tuition, room &
board at private universities for youth who are in need and meet the
grade requirements. He’s also on the board of trustees of the
“LightupNigeria” Project, which is focused on achieving constant
electrical power supply in Nigeria, as well as various other charitable
society building and empowering projects. He has also been extremely
successful in many Corporate Marketing Campaigns, having been featured
prominently in projects like Etisalat’s 0809ja Launch,
Cocacola-Nigeria’s World Cup Theme Song, and Microsoft’s Anti-Cyber
Crime Initiative. Last but not least, he is an accomplished Master of
Ceremonies/Host, as he has successfully anchored numerous high profile
events such as The HipHop World Awards (2009), Nigerian Breweries Legend
Extra Stout Product Launch, and The Gulder Ultimate Search Celebrity TV
Show Launch.

Banky W’s record label E.M.E who had
artistes like skales,wizkid and more lost few of them in 2013/2014
wizkid left the label in 2013 due to an inconvenient deal from eme, and
they later came to an agreement but wizkid wasn’t fully of that label
anymore since then. Skales also left finally to be signed by another
label.
Banky released different hit singles withing 2013/2014 as
he actually focused more on his career he won several awards with
singles like; Yes/No,Jaiye Orimi,Jasi and more…
Banky W
announced in 2014 he would be going for a Movie Director training in the
U.S as he said it is one of the things he’s loved to do a long time
ago.

MARRIAGE
In February 2017 he proposed
to popular actress Adesua Etomi a proposal which was accepted and the
engagement of the two broke the internet.

He further
noted that they have had chemistry even before their cast as a couple
in movie ‘Wedding Party’ adding that this was not a promo for a movie
or video.
He wrote: “In that time, I got engaged to you in my
“made for you” music video… and by pure coincidence, we both got cast
to get married in the wedding party movie… but all the while, we were
the very best of friends. I guess, in our case, real life will now
imitate art.

“I’m not sure what the future will
bring, but I’m completely sure that I am ready to face it with you by
my side. I pray that God continues to build me into the kind of man
that you deserve. I love you Susu.. I feel safe and at peace with you.
You mean the world to me. Thank you for agreeing to be my lover and
best friend. Thank you for agreeing to be my wife.

“PS: The timing of this may make some people think this is promo for another video, or a movie. It isn’t.
“Ironically,
everyone who has seen us together in art, or in life, always insists
that we have amazing chemistry. I guess you can say we have been hiding
in plain sight.

I fell in love with an Actress. Now my life is a movie.”
“In February of 2017, I asked Adesua Tolulope Oluwaseun Etomi to be my wife. She said Yes.”

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AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
John Lennon Song Writing Award 2006, R&B Category, for ‘My Regret’
Best R&B Artiste, Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2006
Best Male R&B Artiste, 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 Award

ENDORSEMENTS
Once signed a multimillion naira endorsement deal with samsung
Also signed a multimillion naira deal with Telecom giant Etisalat in 2009/2010

CONTROVERSIES
He was rumored to have been dating one of his label artist NIYOLA but they later debunked it.
He also was rumored to have been involved in a sex scandal with mystery girl
Not a scandal: but was said to have been caught on camera peeing on the street

Adesua and Banky W engagement pic

                                        

SOURCES: wikipedia.org,takemetonaija.com

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