It’s a beautiful Monday and of course today is the day we get to celebrate men who are making impacts and are working so hard. We shine the spotlight on a man who is talented, energetic, hardworking and creative.
Olubankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W is that man who keeps trying new things and is so passionate about living a successful life and also in turn give back to the society. He is a rapper, singer, actor but he prefers to be called a business man.
Olubankole Wellington was born in the United States to his Nigerian parents on the 27th of March. His father is from Badagry in Lagos state while his mom is from Calabar, Cross- Rivers state. His family moved back to Nigeria when he was five years old. He had his primary and secondary education in Lagos Nigeria, he moved back to the united states for his tertiary education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York on a scholarship.
He started his record label E.M.E in 2002 while still studying. After moving to Nigeria in 2009, he established the label in Lagos. He signed artists like Niyola, Shaydee, Skales and Wizkid to the label at the time. His breakthrough debut studio album, Back in the Building was released in 2005. He wrote the first theme song of Etisalat Nigeria titled “0809ja for life”. he has about five albums and eight singles. He had his first acting role in 2017 with the movie Wedding Party where he played the lead character Dozie Onwuka who was the groom, he did justice to that role and since then he has acted in other movie.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
The popular R&B singer sure has some accolades because if you are a fan of music you will agree that Banky W is very good from his lyrics and even to his singing is always top notch. According to Wikipedia here are some awards and nominations he has won for himself.
- 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 Awards
Banky W recently got married to the love of his life who is an actress sometimes last year. They had their traditional wedding in Lagos on the 19th of November 2017 and he had his white wedding in South Africa on the 25th of November 2017. It was really the wedding of the year has social media went so crazy because it was a love story worth sharing. their love keeps getting stronger by the day.
Banky W is also doing some charitable acts and he is always wanting to do more for the society, he was recently signed as an ambassador for Uber Nigeria. He has a blog where he shares his thoughts with the world and if you ever get to visit the blog you will know that Banky is a wise man. The young man is definitely not resting on his laurels.
We shine the spotlight on this young man who is always working hard and his creativity is worth celebrating, he has been able to move from not known to a man being celebrated.
Image(s) source: @bankywellington