Banky W’s Prolific Careers, Scandals And Personal Life

Banky W moved to Nigeria in 2008 with the aim of promoting African music to the world

Banky W is dubbed the ‘King of African R&B’, a versatile singer, producer, actor and politician.

Early Life

Banky W

Olubankole Wellington, widely called ‘Banky W’ was born on March 27, 1981 in New York City, United States of America. His father, George Bankole Wellington, hails from Badagry, Lagos and his mother, Mrs Wellington (also called Mommy W) from Calabar, Cross River State.

Banky W has four siblings – three brothers and a sister. His sister, DeeDee George, is the co-founder of The Urban Marketplace (TUM) Showcases and Events. Funmi Wellington, his brother works at KPMG, where he works as an Advisory Associate, but he also hosts events and works as a DJ. Another of his brother, Kema Wellington, works as a Trader/Investor at Kema Investments. The youngest brother Temi Wellington is an Account Manager at a company called Atradius. He also dabbles in music under the nickname DJ Aux Cord (not to confuse with another DJ with a similar name).

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In the early years of Banky W’s life, they all lived in the US, but they moved back to Nigeria, when he turned five years old.

Education

Banky W moved to Nigeria in 2008 with the aim of promoting African music to the world
Banky W

Banky W attended Corona Primary School, Home Science Association Secondary School and Ajao Secondary School all in Lagos.

He returned to the US for college and studied Industrial Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, RPI, in New York. When he was a junior year in RPI, he started writing, producing and hitting the studios. Later, he attended New York Film academy for a short course in Directing/Filmmaking and another course in Screenwriting.

Music Career

Banky W’s Prolific Career, Scandals And Personal Life
Banky W performing

Banky W began his singing career at age 8, he won the Albany Idol competition which brought him to the fore in his music career. He went on to establish the Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.) in order to project his music more.

In 2013, he dropped his debut album, Undeniable, it was sold on the internet and from the trunk of cars. The success of his marketing strategy got Fox 23 News New York to cover him and this got him a distribution deal with Trans World; one of North America’s largest music distributors.

The song later became one of the top selling independent record, which won Banky the 2003 R&B/Soul Artiste of the Year at the Urban Independent Music Awards. Some of his other albums include; Back in the Building (2005), Mr. Capable (2008), The W Experience (2009) and R&BW (2013).

Banky W moved to Nigeria in 2008 with the aim of promoting African music to the world and dominating the Nigerian airwaves with mind blowing songs. He has since gone on to release several beautiful songs till date. He is a Philanthropist, he founded the “I am Capable” Scholarship fund which provides tuition, room, and board for indigent undergraduates who met the foundation’s requirement. He is also in the fore front of the Light up Nigeria project aimed at achieving steady electricity power supply in Nigeria.

Banky W announced in February 2018 that E.M.E was dissolved as a record label; he said the label is now a talent management company focused on creative marketing, advertising, PR and brand events. Banky W named DJ Xclusive, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru, and his wife Adesua Etomi as the first set of clients of the rebranded company.

Acting Career

Banky W has featured in several movies such as; The Wedding Party (2016) and The Wedding Party 2 (2017)

Political Career

Banky W made a bold political statement at the 2019 General Elections in Nigeria. On November 11, 2018, Banky W declared his intention to run for the Lagos’ Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in Nigeria’s House of Representatives, representing on the platform of Modern Democratic Party, formed in 2017.

Breakout Songs

  1. Capable (2008)
  2. Lagos Party (2009)
  3. Jasi
  4. Jaiye Orimi (2013)
  5. High Notes (2014)
  6. All I Want Is You Feat. Chidinma (2015)
  7. Cash Only As featured artiste (2015)
  8. Made for You (2016)
  9. Onyeuwaoma As featured artiste (2016)
  10. Mi Re Do (Cocoloso) [2016]

Album

  1. Back in the Building (2006)
  2. Mr. Capable (2008)
  3. The W Experience (2009)
  4. R&BW (2013)

EP

  1. Undeniable (2003)
  2. Songs About U (2017)

Movies Featured

  1. Gidi Blues
  2. Jenifa’s Diary
  3. MTV Shuga: Love, Sex, Money
  4. The Wedding Party (2016)
  5. The Wedding Party 2 (2017)
  6. Up North (2018)

Awards

Headies Awards 2013 – Best R&B Single
Banky W poses with 2013 Headies Award
  1. John Lennon Song Writing Award 2006, R&B Category, for ‘My Regret’
  2. Best R&B Artiste, Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2006
  3. Best Male R&B Artiste, Urban Independent Music Awards, USA, 2006
  4. Best International Album, Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2007 for ‘Mr Capable’
  5. Best R&B Video, Nigerian Music Video Awards 2008 for ‘Don’t Break My Heart’
  6. Best Vocal Performance (Male), Hip hop World Awards 2009 for ‘Don’t Break My Heart’
  7. R&B Single of The Year, 2010 Hip Hop World Awards for ‘Strong Ting’
  8. Best Dressed Male Artiste, FAB Magazine Awards 2010
  9. City People Entertainment Awards 2010 – R&B Singer of the Year,
  10. City People Entertainment Awards 2010 – Music Video of the year for “Strong Ting”
  11. Soundcity Music Video Awards 2010 – Best Music Video (Male)
  12. Soundcity Music Video Awards 2010 – Best R&B Singer
  13. The Future Awards 2011 – Musician of The Year
  14. Headies Awards 2013 – Best R&B Single

Recent Scandals

Banky W’s Prolific Career, Scandals And Personal Life
Banky W shared wife’s nude, claimed it was a mistake

In 2017, Banky W ‘mistakenly’ shared a nude of his wife on social media after their honeymoon. The singer took to his Instagram page to show his fans how much they were having fun, but the video caused a controversy as his wife was seen naked.

The caption on the video read, “My goodness. #Baad2017 The #AfterParty #MySAExperience.” The singer quickly deleted the video after fans started commenting.

Some hours later, the actress uploaded a picture, sending a message to fans that they were not bothered and they were still strong.

The picture Adesua posted, showing herself and her husband in Cape Town reads: “My Husband,” and Banky W went ahead to comment, “My Wife, Ello bae.”

In 2019, a twitter user accused Banky W of converting his EME record company to a PR firm to help Buhari’s cause while responding to Banky’s comment on the suspension the Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen by the president.

Responding, Banky W denies knowing Abubakar Ahmed and labels the accusation as False. The singer requested proof of the allegation and hopes to see them in the court. “FALSE. COMPLETELY false and untrue,” the talented musician said.

Personal Life

Banky W’s Prolific Career, Scandals And Personal Life
Banky W and wife, Adesua Etomi

Banky first met his beautiful  wife, Adesua Etomi, in 2012. According to the musician, both of them did not give each other too much thought. However, in 2015, Banky W was suddenly struck by a cupid’s arrow, because he understood that Adesua was the woman of his dreams. The musician revealed their engagement in February 2017.

Banky W’s Prolific Career, Scandals And Personal Life
Adesua joins husband Banky W in family photo

In addition to the movie, The Wedding Party, featuring both of them, their love is also reflected in the song ‘Made for you’. They had their traditional wedding and court wedding in Lagos on November 19th and 20th, 2017 and their white wedding on November 25th in Cape Town, South Africa. Banky’s net worth is estimated at N2.3 billion by Forbes.

Social media

Banky W’s Prolific Career, Scandals And Personal Life
Banky W in mirror selfie
  1. Instagram: @bankywellington
  2. Twitter: @BankyW
  3. Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/bankywonline/

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