Olubankole Wellington, commonly known by his stage name Banky W, is a super-talented Nigerian singer, rapper, actor, entrepreneur and politician. He is also the founder and owner of E.M.E Talent Management Company, formerly E.M.E record label.
Over the years, the singer has gained fame and global recognition for releasing hit songs. Some of his highly recognized songs include Heaven, Till My Dying, Whatchu Doing Tonight and Good Good Loving. Banky W is the husband of Nigerian actress Adesua Etomi.
Banky W profile summary
- Full name: Olubankole Wellington
- Date of birth: 27th March 1981
- Place of birth: New York City, USA
- Age: 40 years (as of 2021
- Ethnicity: Black
- Relationship status: Married
- Spouse: Adesua Etomi
- Profession: Singer, rapper, actor, entrepreneur
- Net worth: $9 million
Banky W biography
The rapper was born on 27th March 1981 in New York City. Banky W parents are George Bankole Wellington (father) and Momma W, commonly known as Mrs Wellington (mother). His father and mother are from Nigeria. His father hails from Badagry, while his mother hails from Calabar, Cross River State.
Even though the singer was born in the United States, his parents moved back to Nigeria when he was only five years old. He has four siblings, three brothers and one sister. There are no publicly known details about his siblings, such as their names.
The singer obtained his primary and secondary school education in Lagos before going back to the USA to further his education. He was awarded a scholarship to study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York City.
The singer started building his career in the music industry while still undertaking his studies at the polytechnic. In 2002, the singer started a record label under E.M.E. He was also working at GlobalSpec. After completing his studies and staying in the United States for a while, the singer moved back to Nigeria.
He launched another record label in Lagos city. He began by signing several Nigeria artists such as Skales, Niyola, Wizkid and Shaydee. He had his breakthrough in the music industry in 2005 after releasing a studio album, Back in the Building. He also wrote the first theme song of Etisalat Nigeria, known as 0809ja for life.
On 15th February 2013, he launched his R&BW album during a concert known as the Grand Love Concert at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. In February 2018, the singer announced the dissolution of the E.M.E record label.
The music label was converted to a talent management company. It focuses on marketing, advertising, public relations and brand events. The singer has released hit singles, studio albums, EPs, playlists and compilations albums.
Banky W songs
- Made for You
- Love U Baby
- All I want is You
- Whatchu Doing Tonight
- Strong Ting
- Lagos Party
- Blessing Me
- Till My Dying Day
- Final Say
- My Regret
- High Notes
- Running After U
- Gidi Love
- Low Key
- Don't Break My Heart
- Made for U
- Good Good Loving
- Unborn Child
- Feeling It
- Omoge You Too Much
- Talk and Do
- Better for U
- Do it to Me
- Baddest Boy
- 2003 - Undeniable
- 2006 - Back in the Building
- 2008 - Mr Capable
- 2009 - The W Experience
- 2012 - Empire Mates State of Mind
- 2013 - R & BW
- 2017 - Songs About U
Apart from the music industry, the singer also ventured into the film industry. He has starred in the following films:
- Sugar Rush
- Up North
- The Wedding Party 2
- The Return of Jenifa
- Dulce Dinero
The actor has also ventured into politics. On 11th November, he announced his intentions for running for Lagos's Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in Nigeria's House of Representatives. He vied on the Modern Democratic Party platform that was formed in 2017.
Unfortunately, he lost the seat to Babajide Obanikoro of the All Progressive Congress. The elections were held on 23rd February 2019.
Awards and nominations
The talented singer has received numerous accolades for his excellence and unmatched talent in the music industry. Some of the awards he has taken home are:
- 2006 - John Lennon Song Writing Award for the R&B Category
- 2006 - Best R&B Artist during the Nigerian Entertainment Awards
- 2006 - Best Male R&B Artist during the Urban Independent Music Awards, USA
- 2008 - Best R&B Video during the Nigerian Music Video Awards
- 2009 - Best Male Vocal Performance at the Hip hop World Awards
- 2010 - R&B Single of the year during the Hip Hop World Awards
- 2010 - Best R&B Singer (Male) and Best Music Video during the City People Entertainment Awards
Banky W wife and kids
The singer is married to Adesua Etomi. His wife is a talented Nigerian actress. She is known for starring in Knocking On Heaven's Door as Debbie, The Wedding Party as Dunnie Coker and A Soldier's Story as Lebari.
The actress got engaged to Banky W in February 2017. The duo's union took place in three different phases. They first had their traditional wedding on 19th November 2017.
They held a court wedding on 20th November the same year. Eventually, Adesua Etomi and Banky W did a white wedding on 25th November 2017. Banky W wedding was held in Cape Town, South Africa.
The celebrity couple recently welcomed their firstborn son. The actress took to Instagram to share the good news revealing that the baby was born four weeks ago.
You have a track record of keeping your word. Ọlọrun agbaye o, you are mighty’ 4 weeks ago I received the best birthday gift ever. Our Son. 1+1=3 .
In a separate post, the singer went ahead to reveal that the baby boy's name was Zaiah. He revealed the baby's name while wishing his wife a happy birthday.
Words cannot properly express how grateful I am for you, how much I love you, or what we've been through. I'm thankful that you're mine. And that God made everything beautiful in His time. He turned our tears into triumph and our loss into laughter. He's changed our lives forever, here's to the next (and best) chapter. Nothing I can say or do can top what He gave us. My baby had a baby, and he's everything we prayed for. Happy birthday Mama Zaiah I love you, SCATTER.
It is also alleged that Banky has a daughter with the beautiful Nigerian model Uche Odoh, whom he had previously dated. There are numerous photos of the two clinging close to each other, on various social media platforms. How old is Banky W daughter? She is 8 years old as of 2021.
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