Banky W bio: wife, age, net worth, songs, movies, children, daughter, wikipedia, twin brother.
Olubankole Wellington (also known as Banky W) is a Nigerian singer, actor, politician, and businessman.
He was born in the United States of America on March 27, 1981.
Banky W: Profile summary
|Born||Olubankole Wellington27 March 1981 (age 40)New York City, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Adesua Etomi(m. 2017)|
|Labels||Empire Mates Entertainment|
|Associated acts||ID CabasaSasha PWizkidSkalesSarkodieLynxxxMasterkraft|
Banky W: Biography Early life, family and education
Olubankole Wellington father’s name is George Bankole Wellington and his mother is endearingly called Momma W. Mrs Wellington. His father is from Badagry, a coastal town in Lagos State, while his mother is from Cross River State. However, Banky W was born on 27th March 1981 in the United States. This means that Banky W is also a citizen of the US having been born in that country. His family relocated back to Nigeria when he was around the age of five.
Banky W has three other brothers and a sister. They are all grown up and his parents have grandchildren already. See a picture from their 40th wedding anniversary below.
On getting back to Nigeria, Banky W was enrolled in Corona Primary School to start his education. From there he moved to Home Science Association Secondary School before he finally completed his secondary school education at Ajao Secondary School. He sang in the church choir during his teenage years.
After he obtained his first school leaving certificate and all other needed compulsory educational qualifications, Banky W returned to the United States to further his studies after 12 years in Nigeria. He gained admission on a scholarship into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York. While there, he studied for a degree in Industrial Engineering.
However, his education was not his only focus while he was in the institution. Likely already influenced by his early singing days and passion for music, the young Banky Wellington started his early journey towards becoming a music reckoning force. He was already writing and producing songs in studios while he was in junior year at RPI.
Banky W: Music Career
In 2002, while still a student, Banky W founded the E.M.E record label. He left the United States for Nigeria in 2009 and founded his record label in Lagos, where he signed musicians like Niyola, Shaydee, Skales, and Wizkid. Back in the Building, his big break first studio album, was released in 2005. He created Etisalat Nigeria’s first and most popular theme song, “0809ja for Life.”
On February 15, 2013, a day after Valentine’s Day, he debuted his new album, “R&BW,” at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos, with an event dubbed “The Grand Love Concert.” Several other record artists, including Iyanya and Waje, performed during the performance. The album’s first two songs, “Lowkey” and “Yes/No,” were both hit singles. As a result, Banky-W has become the face of Nigerian R&B music.
Banky W: E.M.E. Dissolution in 2017
E.M.E was disbanded as a record label in February 2018, according to Banky W, who stated that the label is now a talent management firm focused on creative marketing, advertising, PR, and brand events. DJ Xclusive, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru, and his wife Adesua Etomi (all celebrities) were also announced as the relaunched company’s first clients. This just goes to prove that Banky W best 0is yet to come. Many people find encouragement in seeing Banky-career W’s progress over time.
Banky W: Political Career
Banky W announced his intention to compete for the Lagos Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in the Nigerian House of Representatives on November 11, 2018. He planned to do so on the platform of the Modern Democratic Party, which was founded in 2017.
Later, in an interview with Punch, Banky-W stated that he entered politics because he wanted to make a difference in his community and be a part of the development that all Nigerians want.
While many people were dubious of Banky-decision W’s to enter politics, he received a lot of support from followers, especially young people. We may never know whether they believed in his vision and felt he was capable, or whether they voted for him out of devotion to his art.
However, on February 23, 2019, Banky Wellington was defeated by Babajide Obanikoro of the All Progressive Congress in the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency Elections.
Banky W: Personal Life– Wife & Kids
Banky-W married Adesua Etomi in a traditional ceremony on November 19, 2017, and then had his white wedding on November 25, 2017, in South Africa. Many people were surprised by his relationship with Adesua. Haven successfully kept their relationship off the social media radar, they both starred as couples in the famous film ‘Wedding Party,’ which contributed to Nigerians’ surprise when their relationship was revealed. Many people like Banky-W because he doesn’t have the ‘baby mama controversy’ that many other celebs have.
In 2017, Banky-W underwent successful skin cancer surgery on his shoulder.
Banky W: Net Worth
Banky-W makes money by advertising his work, which he distributes on multiple platforms such as iTunes and Spinet. His loyalty to Ring Back Tunes (RBT) also contributes to his earnings. In 2008, Banky W signed his first endorsement agreement with Etisalat, following the release of Ebute Metta. According to unconfirmed sources, the contract was worth N150 million. He appeared in the iconic advertisement, 0809ja for life, after becoming a brand ambassador for the Nigerian telecoms firm.
After signing for an undisclosed sum, the R&B pop artist became the new face of the Coca-Open colas and Win campaign. The 2012 agreement was just for three months.
In 2013, he secured a multi-year sponsorship contract with Samsung Electronics West Africa. This agreement was worth around N140 million, according to Ventures Africa. After signing a one-year endorsement contract with the firm in 2011, he decided to stay with them for another year. The contract from 2013 was renewed in 2017.
When he joined MTN in 2014, the E.M.E record label chief switched telecommunication carriers. According to Online Sources, it is estimated to be worth about N50 million. In 2015, he renewed his contract.
In 2014, he secured a new endorsement contract to be the ambassador of Ciroc Nigeria, according to The Nation. It is estimated to be valued at around N30 million. In 2015, his contract to endorse the brand was extended, and then again in 2017.
Banky’s most recent partnership is with Uber, a prominent ride-hailing service in the nation. On April 5, 2018, this was announced. Forbes estimates Banky-net W’s worth to be #2.3 billion nairas.
Banky W: Philanthropy
Banky W gives back to the community through the ‘I Am Capable’ scholarship fund, which provides tertiary scholarships to deserving youngsters. He is also a strong supporter of the ‘LightupNigeria’ project, which aims to provide Nigeria with a reliable electricity supply.
Banky W: 10 facts you need to know
- Banky W’s full name is Olubankole Wellington and he was born on 27th March 1981 in the United States to Nigerian parents. He is 39 years old in 2020.
- He co-founded Empire Music Entertainment (E.M.E) with Tunde Demuren while he was still schooling in the US at the age of 21 in 2002,
- Wellington released a rarely talked about EP titled Undeniable in 2003 and most of its track reappeared in his first studio album released in 2006 titled, Back in the Building.
- He finally moved back to Nigeria in 2009 and he signed Wizkid and Skales to E.M.E in the same year as the first official signees of the record label.
- On his return to Nigeria in 2009, he also wrote the first theme song for Etisalat Nigeria (now 9Mobile) titled 0809ja for Life.
- Banky W’s first acting credit was in Funke Akindele’s 2011 The Return of Jenifa. He later made his major film appearance in 2016’s The Wedding Party.
- Banky W and Adesua Etomi got married on 19th November 2017 after six months of engagement.
- In 2018, Banky W announced that he was dissolving E.M.E. and turning it into a talent management company focused on creative marketing, advertising, PR and brand events. He also mentioned signing DJ Xclusive, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru, and his wife Adesua Etomi as clients.
- Wellington lost the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency Elections to Babajide Obanikoro of the All Progressive Congress in February 2019.
- Banky W underwent successful surgery to treat skin cancer in October 2017, a case that he had treated on two occasions in the past already.