Banky W net worth has placed him among the top 10 richest musicians in Nigeria for three consecutive years and still running. He is a Nigerian Singer, songwriter, rapper and just recently he became an actor in the Nollywood Biggest ever movie “The wedding party “. One of his recent singles “made for you” was used as a sound track in the movie. He holds a dual citizenship being a U.S citizen by birth and a Nigerian by descent.
- Full Name: Oluwabankole Wellington
- Nationality: Nigeria (Lagos State) USA (New York)
- Source of Wealth: Music, Acting, Record Label
- Net Worth: $9,000,000.00
His genre is R&B and he sure knows how to capture hearts with his romantic tracks and soul tunes. He reared his head up the entertainment limelight when he did a remix of Rihanna’s “umbrella ” the Nigerian way, calling his version “ebutte Meta “. This received lots of criticism, but he proved his critics wrong by doing other fabulous songs as the years went by.
He was born to both Nigerian parents in the United States. His father is from Badagry, a historic town in Lagos and his mother from Calabar, Cross River State. At age 5, the family moved back to Nigeria where he had his primary education in Corona School and secondary education at Home Science Association Secondary School and Ajao Secondary School all in Lagos.
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After his secondary education, he got a scholarship to study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He then went back to the US and studied Industrial Engineering from RPI in New York. He started writing and hitting the studios while in RPI.
His music career began at the age of 8, where he found himself singing in the church choir. While in college, he was brought to the spotlight when he won the Albany Idol Competition. As a young and visionary 21-year old, Banky W teamed up with his friends to establish Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) which gained a lot of prominence in their mid-Hudson Valley, New York base.
Banky W’s song in 2003 titled “Undeniable” 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 W the 2003 R&B/Soul Artiste of the Year at the Urban Independent Music Awards.
In 2005 his first album “Back in the building “which contained the award winning song “My Regret”. On the strength of this award winning single, he won the US Songwriting award in 2006, the Nigerian Entertainment award for the RnB/Soul artiste of the year and in 2007, the International single of the Year.In 2008, he returned to Nigeria after his exploits in the states and release the “Mr Capable” album garnering attention with the controversial “umbrella” remix originally done by Rihanna. He went further to release boatloads of singles that established him as a bigwig in the Nigerian market.
Banky W Albums
Banky W albums include Undeniable (2003), Back in the Building (2005), Mr. Capable (2008), The W Experience (2009) and R&BW (2013)Compilation album 2012: Empire Mates State of Mind
Awards and Nominations
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
Won 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’
Nominated 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 Net Worth and Endorsement Deals
He and Sasha P were the first official ambassadors of Samsung electronics in Nigeria. He is also a brand ambassador for Ciroc ultra-premium vodka. Banky W net worth estimated to be $9.0illion.