Banky W net worth has ranked him among the top 10 richest musicians in Nigeria for three consecutive years and continues to operate.
Banky-W is a famous Nigerian rapper, singer, actor, and musician, and recently became an actor in the biggest Nollywood film “The Wedding Party.”
His real name is Olubankole Wellington. He was born on 27 March 1981, in the United States to Nigerian parents. However, his family returned to Nigeria at the age of five. He commenced singing at a young age in his church choir.
He did his primary and secondary studies in Lagos and returned abroad to pursue his graduate studies at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, as a fellow.
One of his latest singles, “Made for You” was used as a music video in the film. He has dual nationality as an American citizen by birth and Nigerian by descent.
His genre is R&B, and he knows how to win hearts with his romantic songs and soul melodies. He looked up in curiosity when he remixed Rihanna’s Nigerian “Umbrella,” calling her version “Ebutte Meta.”
This one has received a lot of criticism, but it has proven that its critics have severely tried other great songs over the years, which has increased Banky W net worth.
Banky W Profile
- Birth name: Olubankole Wellington
- Date of Birth: 27 March 1981
- Age: 39
- State of Origin: Lagos State, Nigeria
- Genres: R&B
- Occupation(s): Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Rapper, Politician
- Instruments: Vocals
- Years active: 2002–present
- Label: Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.)
- Net Worth: $9 million
He was born to two Nigerian parents in the United States. His father is from Badagry, a historic town in Lagos, while his mother is from Calabar, Rivers State. The family returned to Nigeria at the age of 5.
They received their primary education at a school in Corona and their secondary studies at the Home High School Association and Ajao High School, all in Lagos.
After high school, he bagged a scholarship to study at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He later left for the United States and studied industrial engineering at R.P.I. in New York. He started writing and punching in studios while at R.P.I.
Banky W Personal Life
Banky-W traditionally married Adesua Etomi on 19 November 2017, after which he celebrated his white marriage in South Africa on 25 November 2017. His relationship with Adesua was a pleasing surprise for many.
Haven kept his relationship a secret in the social media space, they both played couples in a popular movie called “The Wedding Party,” the film which increased Banky W net worth and further heightened the Nigerians’ surprise when their relationship was first made known.
He is also adored by numerous because he does not have the “mother-to-child drama” so accustomed to many other celebrities.
His musical career kicked at the age of 8, where he found himself singing in a church choir. During his studies, he was the center of attention when he won the Albany Idol competition.
As a 21-year-old young and visionary, Banky W teamed up with his friends to form Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.), which gained prominence at its base in downtown Hudson Valley, New York.
The 2003 song “Banky W” “Undisputed” was sold online and in the trunk of a car. The success of its marketing strategy forced Fox 23 News New York to cover it, and this won it a distribution contract with Trans World, one of the largest music distributors in North America, increasing Banky W net worth.
The song later became one of the best-selling independent albums, winning the Banky W R&B / Soul Artist of the Year 2003 at the Urban Independent Music Awards and also adding up to Banky W net worth.
In 2005, his first album “Back to the Building” was released, with the award-winning song “My Regret.” Based on this award-winning single, he won the American Songwriters Award. U.S.A. 2006 Nigerian Entertainment Award for RnB / Soul Artist of the Year and 2007 International Single of the Year.
In 2008, he came back to Nigeria after his exploits in the United States. He released the album “Mr. Capable,” which caught the eye with the controversial remix of “Umbrella,” which was initially recorded by Rihanna.
He went further and launched speedboats full of singles who established him as a big hit in the Nigerian market, hence the increase in Banky W net worth.
Banky W Albums
Banky W’s albums include;
- Undeniable (2003)
- Back in the Building (2005)
- Mr. Capable (2008)
- The W Experience (2009)
- R&BW (2013)
- Compilation album 2012: Empire Mates Entertainment.
Awards and nominations
- 2006 John Lennon Song Writing Award, R&B Category, for ‘My Regret.’
- 2006 Nigerian Entertainment Awards – Best R&B Artiste
- 2006 Urban Independent Music Awards, Best Male R&B Artiste, U.S.A.
- 2007 Nigerian Entertainment Awards Best International Album, for ‘Mr. Capable’
- 2008 Nigerian Music Video Awards Best R&B Video, for ‘Don’t Break My Heart.’
- 2009 Hip hop World Awards Best Male Vocal Performance for ‘Don’t Break My Heart.’
- 2010 R&B Single of the year, 2010 Hip Hop World Awards for ‘Strong Ting.’
- 2010 Best R&B Singer (Male) and Best Music Video City People Entertainment Awards
All these awards enhanced the increase in Banky W net worth after that.
Banky W Net Worth and Endorsement
He and Sasha P were the first official ambassadors for Samsung Electronics in Nigeria. He is also an ambassador for essential products for Ciroc ultra-premium vodka. Banky W net worth is estimated at $9 million and 3.6 Billion in naira.