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Reekado Banks
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Background information
Birth name Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon
Also known as Spicy
Born 6 December 1994 (age 23)
LagosLagos State, Nigeria
Genres Afropop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, performer
Years active 2008–present
Labels Mavin Records
Associated acts

Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon (born 6 December 1993),[1] better known by his stage name Reekado Banks, is a Nigerian recording artist, singer and songwriter. He is currently signed to Mavin Records.[2] He went by the stage name Spicy prior to his record deal with the aforementioned label. Reekado Banks was declared the Rookie of the Year at The Headies 2014,[3] and won the controversial Next Ratedaward at The Headies 2015. His debut studio album, Spotlight, was released on 1 September 2016. It debuted at number 10 on the BillboardWorld Album Music Chart.[4]Life and career[edit]

Reekado Banks is the last child of a music-loving family. His father is a pastor from Ondo State[5] and his mother is a caterer. Moreover, his elder brother is a producer and his elder sister is a gospel singer. He grew up in a disciplinarian setting due to both of his parents being pastors. He completed his secondary school at the age of 14, and started recording his first set of songs in 2008. His elder brother produced all of his earlier songs and tutored him on the rudiments of singing, writing and producing. He derived the stage name Reekado Banks by combining the meanings of the two names; the former part of his stage name translates to “strong ruler”, while the latter part loosely translates to “wealth”.[6] In 2014, Reekado Banks graduated from the University of Lagos with a degree in History and Strategic Study.[3] He has cited Don Jazzy2face IdibiaDJ Jimmy JattOlamide and M.I as his key musical inspirations.[7]

Mavin Records deal and artistry

His record deal with Mavin Records came as a result of his brother submitting some of his songs to the label in an online talent search. Reekado Banks got signed to Mavin Records after his entries were selected from over 5000 entries.[8] Reekado Banks told The National Mirror that his brother submitted his songs and communicated with the label on his behalf without his initial consent. Reekado Banks also told The National Mirror that he’s a versatile artist who makes music with the thought that humans are different and have different taste.[6]

2014–present: Singles recorded under Mavin Records

Reekado Banks premiered the single “Turn It Up” on 21 February 2014, which happens to be the same day he got signed to Mavin Records; the song features Tiwa Savage and was released as his first official single under Mavin Records.[9] Reekado Banks was featured alongside label mates Don JazzyKorede BelloTiwa SavageDi’JaDr SID and D’Prince on the critical acclaim song “Dorobucci“, which was released on 1 May 2014.[10] Reekado Banks has also worked with his label mates to release the collaborative singles “Adaobi”, “Arise” and “Looku Looku”. On 13 February 2015, Reekado Banks released the Don Jazzy produced song “Katapot”. The song was alleged to be a diss track towards D’banj and Wande Coal. In February 2015, Don Jazzy debunked the allegations in a series of tweets.[11] While speaking to Vanguard newspaper, Reekado Banks stated that he created “Katapot” for his fans.[12]

In July 2015, Nigerian telecommunications company Globacom signed Reekado Banks to an endorsement deal.[13]


Studio albums


Title Year Release date
“Turn It Up”
(featuring Tiwa Savage)
2014 February 21, 2014
(with Don Jazzy Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Korede Bello and Di’Ja)
May 1, 2014
(with Don JazzyKorede Bello and Di’Ja)
May 27, 2014
“Chop Am” August 8, 2014
(with Don Jazzy and Di’Ja)
September 20, 2014
“Looku Looku”
(with Don Jazzy Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Korede Bello and Di’Ja)
October 31, 2014
“Katapot” 2015 February 13, 2015
“Corner” July 9, 2015
“Sugar Baby” July 10, 2015
“Tomorrow” July 11, 2015
“Oluwa Ni” 2016 January 15, 2016
“Standard” June 5, 2016
“Spotlight” September 1, 2016

Awards and nominations

  • Headies Awards / Next Rated (2015) – Won
  • Headies Awards / Video of the Year “Katapot” (2015) – Won
  • City people entertainment awards/ Most promising act to watch (2015) — Won


  1. Jump up^ Wemimo, Esho (6 December 2014). “Mavin artiste turns 21”. Pulse. Retrieved 14 April2015.
  2. Jump up^ “Stars to watch out for in 2015”. Punch. 3 January 2015. Archived from the original on April 14, 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  3. Jump up to:a b Damilare, Famuyiwa (28 December 2014). “REEKADO BANKS:I like to do crazy stuffs and music makes it easy”. The Nation. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  4. Jump up^ Solanke, Abiola (15 September 2016). “Singer’s “Spotlight” occupies number 10 spot on Billboard world album charts”. Pulse. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  5. Jump up^ Vanguard, Entertainment (23 April 2015). “I once worked as a bricklayer to survive -Reekado Banks”. Vanguard Nigeria. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  6. Jump up to:a b Oluwadahunsi, Olawale (12 November 2014). “I do all genres of music -Reekado Banks”. National Mirror. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  7. Jump up^ Jayne Augoye; Peter Okeugo (18 January 2015). “I can’t be distracted by ladies —Reekado Banks”. Punch. Archived from the original on April 22, 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  8. Jump up^ “Reekado Banks Bio”. Mavin Records. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  9. Jump up^ “Another Mavin Activated! Don Jazzy presents Reekardo Banks Feat. Tiwa Savage – Turn It Up”. Bellanaija. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  10. Jump up^ Otokpa, Regina (14 November 2014). “Dorobucci craze hits church”. National Mirror. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  11. Jump up^ Abimboye, Micheal (20 February 2014). “Don Jazzy says Reekado Banks’ Kataput not dis at Dbanj”. Premium Times. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  12. Jump up^ Ige, Tofarati (22 March 2015). “I have three things no other artiste has — Reekado Banks”. Vanguard. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  13. Jump up^ “Glo signs on 28 ambassadors; Mama G, Wizkid, AY, P-Square , Korede Bello top list”. Vanguard. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2016.

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