Olubankole Wellington whose stage name is Banky W is a Nigerian singer, actor, and rapper. He comfortably occupies a prestigious space in the Nigerian music scene as he is widely considered one of the richest musicians in Nigeria.
Banky W’s Biography
Olubankole Wellington was born on March 27, 1981, in the United States of America. His father hails from Badagry while his mother is from Calabar in Cross River State.
At age 5, Banky W’s parents moved back to Nigeria where he would remain for the next 12 years, attending Corona Primary School, Home Science Association Secondary School and Ajao Secondary School all in Lagos, before finally going back to the US for college.
He studied Industrial Engineering from RPI in New York. He was in his junior year in RPI when he started writing, producing and hitting the studio in order to release something while in the United States of America.
Wife (Adesua Etomi)
Banky W is married to Owerri-born veteran actress Adesua Etomi. Born as Tolulope Adesua Etomi on February 22, 1988, the actress was born to an engineer mother and a father who is a soldier.
Her father is of Esan descent while her mother is of Yoruba descent. The youngest of three siblings, Etomi attended Corona School in Victoria Island, Lagos and later Queen’s College, Lagos, from where she relocated to the United Kingdom.
At the age of 13, while studying in the UK, Adesua developed a stronger interest in acting. She would later obtain a diploma in “physical theatre, musical theatre and performing arts” in 2004 from City College Coventry.
The respected actress later enrolled at the University of Wolverhampton, where she studied drama and performance, graduating with first-class honors.
Etomi has appeared in an impressive number of films, television series, and theatrical shows. Her on-screen roles and appearances have earned her many awards and nominations in the movie industry.
At the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, the Knocking On Heaven’s Dooractress won the Best Actress in A Drama award for her role in the 2015 romantic drama film Falling.
November 2017 would forever remain evergreen in the minds of Nigerians, especially those in the entertainment industry and of course Banky W and Adesua Etomi’s populous fans.
This is because the month went down the history as the month the two celebrities said “I Do” to each other in ceremonies that brought together most bigshots in the entertainment industry.
The couple got engaged in February 2017, had their traditional marriage on November 19, court wedding on November 20, and White Wedding on November 25, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Banky W and Adesua Etomi’s traditional marriage held at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos and was graced by Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Chigul, Tosyn Bucknor, Ihuoma Linda Ejiofor, Lala Akindoju, Rita Dominic, Toyin Abraham, Toke Makinwa, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Tiwa Savage, Annie Idibia, Ireti Doyle, Bovi, Stephanie Coker Aderinokun, Kemi Adetiba, Juliet Ibrahim, Iceberg Slim, Tee-Y Mix, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Adebola Williams, Belinda Effah, Somkele Iyamah, DJ Xclusive, Noble Igwe, Sola Sobowale, Tope Oshin, Destiny Amaka, Gabriel Afolayan, Lynxxx, Ubi Franklin, Omowunmi Akinnifesi, Beverly Naya, Cobhams Asuquo, Mai Atafo, Ufuoma McDermott, Mo Abudu, Rukky Sanda, Eku Edewor, Simi, Richard Mofe Damijo, and many more.
The MCs of the high-profile society ceremony were musician Falz and comedian Basketmouth while singers 2Baba and Tiwa Savage performed at the reception ceremony.
The last leg of the couple’s ‘Wedding Party’ held in Cape Town, South Africa in the presence of their family members, friends, and loved ones. The star-studded BAAD2017 ceremony was graced by media personalities, hot stars, and notable entertainers.
Banky W mostly sticks to his niche as an R & B artist. He came onto the scene with his 2003 EP release, Undeniable. He followed that up with Back in the Building – 2005, Mr. Capable – 2008, The W Experience – 2009 and R&BW – 2013,
R&BW was released a day after Valentine of 2013. He launched the album with a concert tagged the “The Grand Love Concert” at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos where he featured several other artists including Iyanya, Waje, and many others.
Standout singles from Bank W’s career will include; Lowkey, Yes/No, All I Want Is You (Feat. Chidinma and Ebute Metta) Capable, My regret and Jasi. He also has a compilation album, empire mates state of mind to his resume.
Awards And Achievements
Banky W is no stranger to awards or even endorsements. Some of his awards since he came on the scene in 2003 include;
- 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
He, together with Nigerian female rapper Sasha P, received the first endorsements as the first official ambassadors of Samsung electronics in Nigeria. His most popular endorsement would, however, be for prestigious vodka brand Ciroc.
The brand had said of Banky W and Dbanj: “We are proud to be partnering with Banky W and D’banj because together, these personalities embody the Ciroc experience and lifestyle. These two artists are a force to reckon with on the international scene, and we are excited for them to join the Ciroc family”.
1. Prior to his marriage to Adesua Etomi, the singer was dubbed a perpetual bachelor and was known for attending weddings every Saturday. To the constant pressure from fans and friends alike, he maintained, at the time, that he will marry when he chooses to.
2. Banky W is also called Mr. Capable, and Mr. W. He has been in the industry since 2012.
3. The legendary musician has an estimated net worth of 2.3 billion naira.
4. The Nigerian-American singer and rapper met his wife at an event in 2015.
5. Banky W featured his wife in his music video.
6. He is a skin cancer survivor. The singer underwent a successful operation in 2017 – 10 years after it surfaced for the first time.