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Olubankole Wellington: biography, age, family, net worth

Banky W and credited in film as Banky Wellington, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, actor, entrepreneur and politician.
Olubankole Wellington with stage “Banky W” aka “Mr Capable” was born on March 27, 1981, in the United States of America to Nigerian parents. His father hails from Badagry while his mother is from Calabar in Cross River.

He has four siblings, a sister and three brothers. His sister is the co-founder of The Urban Marketplace (TUM) Showcases and Events.

At age 5, Banky W’s parents moved back to Nigeria where he would remain for the next 12 years, before he started his Education.

Banky W had his primary and secondary school at Corona Primary School, Home Science Association Secondary School,and Ajao Secondary School, all in Lagos, and returned abroad to further his tertiary education at Rensselaer polytechnic Institute, New York on a scholarship as an engineering student.

Banky W, while in secondary school won the Albany Idol competition and this brought him to the fore in his music career.

He was in his junior year in RPI when he started writing, producing and hitting the studio in order to release something while in the United States of America.
At the age of 8 years, Banky W started his music career, when he was singing in his church choir.

His first love is music; he mostly sticks to his niche as an R&B artist. He started his record label E.M.E in 2002 while studying.

In 2009 he left the US for Nigeria and established his record label in Lagos where he signed artists like Niyola, Shaydee, Skales, and Wizkid to the label at the time.

His breakthrough debut studio album “Back in the Building” was released in 2006.

He wrote the first theme song of Etisalat Nigeria titled “0809ja for life”.

He has released numerous albums, Mr. Capable – 2008, The W Experience – 2009, Superstar, Wizkid – 2011, Empire Mates State of Mind – 2012, R&BW – 2013, Ayo, Wikid – 2014, Rhythm and Life, Shaydee – 2016, Songs About You – 2017.

R&BW was released a day after Valentine of 2013.

He launched the album with a concert tagged the “The Grand Love Concert” at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwen Victoria Island, Lagos.

There, he featured several other artistes including Iyanya, Waje, and many others.

Some of Banky W’s hit songs include “Made For You”, “Yes/No”, “Till My Dying Day”, “All I Want Is You” and “Ebute Metta” – which sampled Rihanna’s popular song “Umbrella”.

Adding to Banky W net worth is a man of many talents and has featured in MNet TV Shows such as Jacob’s Cross, MTV’s Shuga and some blockbuster Nigerian movies.

This led him into completing film making and screenwriting courses at New York Film Academy where he honed his acting and production skills.

Since then, he has produced and directed numerous music videos and TV adverts.

He has appeared in movies such as “The Wedding Party” (2016), “The Wedding Party 2” (2017) and “Up North” (2018).

“The Wedding Party 2” is Nigeria’s highest-grossing film in history. The film earned more than N500 million at Nollywood’s box office.

He has worked with reputed brands such as Etisalat, Coca-Cola, Airtel, Microsoft, TomTom, MTN and many more. He is the brand ambassador of Samsung, Uber and Ciroc Vodka.
Banky-W got married to Adesua Etomi traditionally on 19 November 2017 and subsequently did his white wedding in South Africa on 25 November 2017. His relationship with Adesua was a pleasant surprise to many. Haven successfully kept their relationship a secret from the Social Media space, they both acted as couples in a popular movie titled, ‘Wedding party’ which further heightened the surprise to Nigerians when their relationship was announced. Banky-W is also loved by many because he does not have the ‘baby mama drama’ so accustomed to many other celebrities.

Adesua said they for married in 2017, and they already had their lives planned out, to get married and start making babies right away. Unfortunately nothing happened, things didn’t go as planned, she even thought about having an IVF to have babies, but Banky told her to calm down that it’s not even a year yet.

It got to a year already, and she told him that there is still no baby, no pregnancy yet even after a year, and they prayed about it. Eventually she for pregnant by the Grace of God, she was pregnant with twins babies. Everything was going well, until they went to the doctors for a scan, unfortunately the doctor couldn’t find any heart beat.

She laughed because she thought the doctors were joking, about not finding the heart beat of her twins. She went back home, and she cried her eyes out, she wakes out in pain of losing her twins. She did not give up on God despite the fact that she lost her babies, she decided to go back to the hospital for a scan. The Doctors still didn’t see any heart beat, they also noticed that the embryos were shrinking, and dying, the doctors had to remove the dead babies from her womb.

This is to show that they were really going through alot of that time, and nobody knew about it, but they kept on believing in God until he blessed them with their baby.
He revealed in July 2018 that he had been driving the same Range Rover Sport for seven years and he has promised himself at the time that he would not purchase a new one until he owned his first property.

Finally, he reportedly celebrated his 37th birthday in 2018 by buying himself a new house in Lekki, Nigeria. The luxury duplex has a swimming pool with the initial of his surname engraved at the bottom.

An interesting fact about Banky W is that he is a skin cancer survivor. The multi-talented artiste underwent a successful operation in 2017 – 10 years after it surfaced for the first time.
On November 11, 2018, Banky W declared his intention to run for the Lagos’ Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in Nigeria’s House of Representatives. He was going to do this on the platform of Modern Democratic Party, formed in 2017. Later in an interview with Punch, Banky-W said he ventured into politics because of his desire to impact and improve his community and the desire to be a part of the progress all Nigerians wanted to see.

While many were skeptical of his move into politics, Banky-W received as much support from fans especially youths. Whether they indeed bought into his vision and thought him competent or they voted for him out of loyalty to his art is what we might never know.

However, on February 23rd, 2019, Banky Wellington lost the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency Elections to Babajide Obanikoro of the All Progressive Congress.

Banky W as a philanthropist founded “I AM CAPABLE” scholarship fund, a platform he uses to give back to society.

The foundation provides tuition and other assistance to deserving youths in various tertiary institutions in and outside Nigeria.

He has played a major role in many charitable initiatives as he has partnered with the ink Oak Cancer Trust to sponsor the treatment of twenty-five cancer patients.
Banky W gives back to the society with ‘I Am Capable’- a platform he uses to give back to society. The foundation provides tuition and other assistance to deserving youths in various tertiary institutions in and outside Nigeria.

He has played a major role in many charitable initiatives as he has partnered with the ink Oak Cancer Trust to sponsor the treatment of twenty-five cancer patients a scholarship fund aimed at helping out smart students with tertiary scholarships.

He is also one of the major advocates for the ‘LightupNigeria’ project aimed at achieving a steady power supply in Nigeria.
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.
Banky W has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars.

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