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Banky W
Born Olubankole Wellington
27 March 1981 (age 36)
New York , United States
Other names Banky, Mr W, Mr Capable, King of the Lagos Party
Spouse(s) Adesua Etomi (m. 2017)
Musical career
Genres R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, rapper, mentor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels Empire Mates Entertainment
Associated acts Mode 9, ID Cabasa, ELDeeSasha PWizkidSkalesSarkodieLynxxxMasterkraft
Website Official website

Olubankole Wellington[1] (born 27 March 1981[2]), known under the stage name Banky W, and credited in film as Banky Wellington, is a Nigerian singer, rapper and actor.

Life and career

Early life and career beginnings

Banky W was born in the United States to Nigerian parents. His family moved back to Nigeria when he was five years old. He started singing at a young age in the church choir. He schooled in Lagos for his primary and secondary education and returned to further his tertiary education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York on a scholarship. He started his record label E.M.E in 2002 while still studying. After moving to Nigeria in 2009, he established the label in Lagos. He signed artists like NiyolaShaydeeSkales and Wizkid to the label at the time. His breakthrough debut studio album, Back in the Building was released in 2005..[3] He and Sasha P were the first official ambassadors of Samsung electronics in Nigeria.[4] He is also a brand ambassador for Ciroc[5] ultra-premium vodka.

2012–2013: R&BW

A day after Valentine of 2013, he launched his new album “R&BW” with a concert tagged the “Grand Love Concert” at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria IslandLagos, which featured several other artistes including Iyanya, Waje and more. The first two singles from the album are “Lowkey” and “Yes/No“.[6]

Personal life

He got married to Adesua Etomi traditionally on the 19th of November, 2017[7] and subsequently did his white wedding in South Africa on the 25th of November, 2017.[8] He had a successful skin cancer surgery on his shoulder in 2017.[9]



  • 2003: Undeniable (EP)
  • 2005: Back in the Building
  • 2008: Mr. Capable
  • 2009: The W Experience
  • 2013: R&BW[10]

Compilation albums



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
  • 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


  1. Jump up^ Wellington, Olubankole (22 June 2009). “My response to the recent Guardian Newspaper Article by Mr Reuben Abati”The Bank Statements. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  2. Jump up^ “The Future Awards 2010: Musician of the Year Nominee Profiles”Ladybrille. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  3. Jump up^ Jane Aguoye (December 9, 2017). “INTERVIEW: My wife and our new movie — Banky W”. Premium Times. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  4. Jump up^ “Banky W & Sasha present “Me & My Samsung”. December 9, 2011. Retrieved March 28,2015.
  5. Jump up^ “Ciroc gives reasons on making D’Banj, Banky W brand ambassadors”News, Entertainments and Celebrity Gist. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February2015.
  6. Jump up^ “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February2013.
  7. Jump up^ “Banky W announces engagement to actress Adesuwa Etomi”. May 3, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  8. Jump up^ “Banky W and Adesua Etomi’s White Wedding”The Informant Spy. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  9. Jump up^ Benjamin Njoku (November 10, 2017). “How I survived skin cancer tumour surgery — Banky W”. The Vanguard. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
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  11. Jump up^ “High Notes” 360nobs. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  12. Jump up^ “High Notes” 360nobs. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  13. Jump up^ “High Notes” 360nobs. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  14. Jump up^ “All I Want Is You” Joey Akan. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  15. Jump up^ “DJ Xclusive Sarkodie, Banky W, Cassper Nyovest, Anatii go hard in ‘Cash only’ video” David Mawuli. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  16. Jump up^ “New Music Nikki Laoye – ‘Onyeuwaoma’ ft Banky W” Don Boye. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  17. Jump up^ “New Music Nikki Laoye – ‘Onyeuwaoma’ ft Banky W” Joey Akan. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
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