Olubankole Wellington popularly known worldwide by his stage name Banky W is an American born-Nigerian R&B artiste, songwriter, record label owner, stage performer, rapper, actor and a model. He was born on 27th March 1981 in New York in the United States of America. He is currently 36 years old. His father is from Badagry in Lagos State while his mother is from Calabar in Cross River both in Nigeria.
He completed both his primary and secondary school education in New York City in the United States of America. After his high school in New York, Banky W studied Industry Engineering from RPI College in New York in the United States of America.
Banky W started his musical career in 2002 and started performing on stage in different clubs and events. In 2003, Banky W released his first studio album “Undeniable (EP)”. In 2005, he released his second studio album “Back in the Building”. In 2008 he released his third studio album “Mr. Capable”. In 2009 he released his fourth studio album “The W Experience”.
A day after Valentine of 2013, Banky W launched his fifth studio album (R&BW) with a concert tagged the “Grand Love Concert” at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe in Victoria Island, Lagos, where he featured several other artistes like Iyanya, Flavour, Wizkid, Skales, Waje and many more. The two best single from the album are “Lowkey” and “Yes/No”.
Banky W is the founded and CEO of the record label “Empire Mates Entertainment” (EME). In 2009 he signed Wizkid and Skales into his record label.
Banky W and Sasha P were the first official ambassadors of Samsung electronics in Nigeria. He is also a brand ambassador of Ciroc Ultra-premium Vodka.
In 2016, Banky W acted in his first Nollywood movie “The Wedding Party part one. In 2017, he also acted in The Wedding Party part two.
Banky W has won several music awards which include Best R&B Artiste at John Lennon Song Writing Awards, Best R&B Artiste at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Best Male R&B Artiste at the Urban Independent Music Awards in USA, Best International Album at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Best R&B Video at the Nigerian Music Video Awards, Best Male Vocal Performance at the Hip Hop World Awards, R&B Single of the year at the Hip Hop World Awards, Best R&B Singer (Male) and Best Music Video at the City People Entertainment Awards.
On 19th November 2017, Banky W got married to Nollywood actress Adesua Etomi and the wedding reception was graced by dignitaries, high class personalities and popular celebrities from the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Banky W is currently one of the richest and most influential artiste in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $10 million.
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