Olubankole Wellington (born 27 March 1981 popularly identified by his stage identify Banky W and credited in movie as Banky Wellington, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, actor, entrepreneur and politician.

Adolescence

Olubankole Wellington was born in the USA on 27 March 1981 to Nigerian dad and mom. His household returned to Nigeria when he was 5 years outdated. He started singing at a younger age in his church choir.

Training

Wellington schooled in Lagos for his major and secondary training and returned to additional his tertiary training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, US on a scholarship. He began the file label Empire Mates Leisure (E.M.E) in 2002 whereas finding out. He additionally labored at GlobalSpec.

In 2009, he left the US for Nigeria and established his file label in Lagos by signing artists like Niyola, Shaydee, Skales , and Wizkid to the label. He launched a début studio album, Again within the Constructing, in 2005. His début single was Ebute Metta He wrote the primary theme tune of Etisalat Nigeria titled “0809ja for all times”.

Profession

2012–2013: R&BW

The day after Valentine’s Day of 2013, Wellington launched his new album “R&BW” with a live performance tagged the “Grand Love Live performance” on the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos, which featured a number of different artistes together with Iyanya and Waje. The primary two singles from the album are “Lowkey” and “Yes/No”.

2017: Dissolution of E.M.E

Wellington introduced in February 2018 that E.M.E was being dissolved as a file label; he stated the label would transfer ahead as a expertise administration firm centered on artistic advertising, promoting, PR and model occasions. Wellington named DJ Xclusive, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Tolu ‘ToolzOniru, and his spouse Adesua Etomi as the primary set of shoppers of the rebranded firm.

Different collaborations

In 2017, Wellington took half in initialing of a monumental collaboration artwork piece, Iyasile Naa often known as The Legacy.

Political profession

On 11 November 2018, Wellington introduced his intent to run for the Lagos’ Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in Nigeria’s House of Representatives, on the platform of Trendy Democratic Get together, fashioned in 2017.

On 23 February 2019, Wellington misplaced the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency Elections to Babajide Obanikoro of the All Progressive Congress.

Forward of 2023 basic election, Wellington introduced that he had decamped from the Trendy Democratic Get together to the Peoples Democratic Party, searching for the celebration’s ticket to once more vie for the Lagos’ Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in Nigeria’s House of Representatives. In June 2022, Banky W gained the Peoples Democratic Party ticket to contest because the celebration bearer for the Eti Osa constituency forward of the 2023 election.

Private life

 

Banky W and spouse Adesua Etomi at AMVCA 2020

Wellington married Adesua Etomi historically on 19 November 2017; the couple subsequently had their white wedding carried out in South Africa on 25 November 2017. He had a profitable pores and skin most cancers surgical procedure on his shoulder in 2017. In early 2021, Wellington and Adesua had a son. They saved the being pregnant a secret, catching many off guard on information of the infant’s arrival.

Discography

Albums

Studio albums
  • Again within the Constructing (2006)
  • Mr. Succesful (2008)
  • The W Expertise (2009)
  • ‘ ‘R&BW (2013)
EPs
  • Simple (2003)
Playlists
  • 2017: Songs About U (2017)

Compilation albums

Chosen singles

  • 2013: “Jasi”
  • 2014: “Jaiye Orimi”
  • 2015: “Excessive Notes”
  • 2015: “All I Need Is You” feat. Chidinma
  • 2015: “Money Solely” As featured artist
  • 2016: “Made for You”
  • 2016: “Onyeuwaoma” As featured artist
  • 2016: “Mi Re Do (Cocoloso)” feat. Stonebwoy and Shaydee
  • 2021: “Selense” feat Mercy Chinwo

Filmography

Awards and nominations

  • John Lennon Track Writing Award 2006, R&B Class, for ‘My Remorse’
  • Finest R&B Artiste, Nigerian Leisure Awards 2006
  • Finest Male R&B Artiste, City Impartial Music Awards, USA, 2006
  • Finest Worldwide Album, Nigerian Leisure Awards 2007 for ‘Mr Succesful’
  • Finest R&B Video, Nigerian Music Video Awards 2008 for ‘Do not Break My Coronary heart’
  • Finest Male Vocal Efficiency, Hip hop World Awards 2009 for ‘Do not Break My Coronary heart’
  • R&B Single of the 12 months, 2010 Hip Hop World Awards for ‘Robust Ting’
  • Finest R&B Singer (Male) and Finest Music Video 2010 Metropolis Folks Leisure Awards

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