Banky W real/full name is Olubankole Wellington (born 27 March 1981) is a Nigerian singer and rapper who was born in the US to Nigerian parents,CEO Empire Mates Entertainment(E.M.E) which wizkid and skales formal record label.
His singing career began as far back as when he was just 8 years old, singing in his church choir. After his Secondary School Education, he got a scholarship to study at a college in Newyork.
Banky W obtained a degree in
Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic institute. While in college, Banky W, was brought to limelight when he won the Albany Idol competition.
Banky W’s released an album 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 Artist of the Year at the Urban Independent Music Awards.
In 2005, Banky W ‘s first album titled “Back in the Building” containing the award winning song “My Regret” got him many awards and accolades. On the strength of this award winning single, he won the US Songwriting award in 2006, the Nigerian Entertainment award for the R & B/Soul artist of the year and in 2007, the International single of the Year.
In 2008, however, Banky W moved to Nigeria with the aim of promoting African music to the
Banky W is a Philanthropist to the core, he founded the “I am Capable” Scholarship fund which provides tuition, room, and board for indigent undergraduates who met the foundation’s requirement.
Banky W is also in the fore front of the Light upNigeria project aimed at achieving steady electricity power supply in Nigeria.
Banky W and Sasha P were the first official ambassadors of Samsung electronics in Nigeria. He is also a brand ambassador for Ciroc ultra-premium vodka