Olubankole Wellington known with his stage name Banky W is a singer, song writer, actor and an entrepreneur. He is an accomplished artiste and built a music empire that produced internationally acclaimed artiste like Wizkid.
Banky W Background
Banky W was born on the 27th of March, 1981 in United State to the family of George Bankole Wellington but his family moved to Lagos, Nigeria when he was 5 years old. He started singing in his church choir at a tender age.
Banky W completed his primary and secondary education in Nigeria. After secondary school, Banky W moved to United States of America for his tertiary education. He studied Industrial Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York on scholarship. While in college, he started his record label E.M.E and even featured and won numerous musical competitions in college.
Banky W married Adesua Etomi, a Nigerian actress in 2017. He has four siblings; a sister and three brothers. His sister is the co-founder of The Urban Marketplace(TUM) Showcases and Events.
Some of the Albums Produced by Banky W
Undeniable: The EP, Banky W (2003)
Back in the building, Banky W (2005)
Mr Capable, Banky W (2008)
The W Experience Banky W (2009)
Superstar, Wizkid (2011)
Empire Mates State of Mind (2012)
R & BW, Banky W (2013)
Ayo, Wizkid (2014)
Rhythm and Life, Shaydee (2016)
Songs about U, Banky W (2017)
Other Notable Interest of Banky W
Banky W is a man of many talents and has featured in MNet TV shows such as Jacob’s Cross, MTV’s Shuga and some blockbuster Nigerian movies. He loves to know his onion well and be great at what he does. This led him into completing film making and screenwriting courses at New York Film Academy where he honed his acting and production skills. Since then, he has produced and directed numerous music video and TV adverts. In 2016, he played a lead role in the popular movie ‘The Wedding Party’. Wedding party broke box office records.
Banky W has worked with reputable brands and has participated in numerous corporate marketing campaigns including Etisalat’s 0809ja Launch, Coca-Cola, Airtel, Microsoft, TomTom, Samsung, MTN and many more. He is the brand ambassador of Samsung, Uber and Ciroc Vodka.
The multi-talented singer and producer is also an accomplished motivational speaker and MC. He has delivered inspiring and powerful speeches at high profile events like the London Business School’s Africa Summit, TEDxLagos, WIMBIZ. Banky W has also anchored some important events including the Gulder Ultimate Search Celebrity Show Launch, One Africa Music Fest and others too numerous to mention.
Awards Won by Banky W
Best R&B Artist at Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2006
Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Best International Single of the Year 2007
Best R&B Video at Nigerian Music Video Awards 2008
Best Male Vocal Performance at Hip Hop World Awards 2008
R&B Single of the Year at Hip Hop World Awards 2010
R&B Singer of the Year at City People Entertainment Awards 2010
Best Music Video(Male) at Sound City Music Video Awards 2010
Best R&B Singer at Sound City Music Video Awards 2010
Most Gifted R&B Video(Male) at Channel O Music Video Awards 2011
Musician of the Year at the Future Awards 2011
Best R&B Single at the Headies Awards 2013
Music Entrepreneur of the Year at Awesome Awards 2015
Artist of the Year at The Urban Marketplace 2016
Banky W Net Worth
Banky W’s exact net worth is unknown but some reports suggest he is worth N3.5 billion. The rapper reportedly charges around N2.5 million per stage performance. He is also the co-founder of Empire Mates Entertainment (EME). One of the record label's biggest signings in singer Wizkid.
Banky W also has endorsement deals with big companies like Samsung and Uber.
The musician uses some of his earnings to fund his charity, 'I am Capable'. The organisation helps smart students further their education after high school.