Banky W is a popular music artist in Nigeria and he is among the singers that have made a name for themselves in the music industry. He is known to have brought music superstar Wizkid to the spotlight after signing him to his E.M.E record label in 2009. Banky W has ventured into politics and is set to begin his political career if he emerges as a winner in the coming 2023 elections. This article on Naijauto shares a lot of information about Banky W net worth, cars, houses, and interesting career story. Read on!
1. Who is Banky Wellington?
Banky W whose real name is Olubankole Wellington is an award-winning Nigerian singer, actor, rapper, entrepreneur, and politician. The singer was born in the United States of America so he holds dual citizenship. He returned to Nigeria with his parents at the age of five. He had his primary and secondary education in Lagos State. He then went back to the US and had his tertiary education at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute New York via scholarship.
Olubankole Wellington is an award-winning Nigerian singer turned politician
Banky W started singing at a young age and was a member of his church choir. This implies he was already singing before he became an adult. While studying, he launched his own record label Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) in 2002. Upon graduation, he got to work with GlobalSpec, an information technology company in New York. In 2005, the singer released his debut studio album titled "Back in the Building”. The song turned out to herald his breakthrough in music. He also released his debut single "Ebute Metta”. In 2009, he left the US for Nigeria where he set his record label up in Lagos State. Banky signed up artists like Skales, Niyola, and Wizkid into this label.
Having become a famous artist, Banky W was contracted by Etisalat Nigeria (now 9mobile) to sing their first theme song titled "0809ja for life”. In February 2018, he announced the dissolution of his E.M.E record label. According to the singer, his record label is now a talent management company aimed at creative marketing PR, advertising, and brand events. With its rebranding, the company has had clients like Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, DJ Xclusive, Toolz, and Adesua Etomi, his wife.
Since the American-born singer broke out in his career, he has released four studio albums as well as EPs. Banky Wellington songs include:
- Back in the Building (2006)
- Mr. Capable (2008)
- The W. Experience (2009)
- R&BW (2013)
- Undeniable (2003)
- Jasi (2013)
- Jaiye Orimi (2014)
- High Notes (2015)
- Made for You (2016)
- Selense ft Mercy Chinwo (2021)
You can hear more of his songs by subscribing to the Banky Wellington YouTube channel which has 133 videos and 509,000 subscribers.
Banky W featured Mercy Chinwo in his Selense song
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As a talented musician, Banky's efforts in creating amazing songs didn't go unnoticed. He has earned several awards and nominations. He won the Best Male R&B Artist at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2006. He was the Best R&B Singer (Male) and Best Music Video winner at the 2010 City People Entertainment Awards. His song "Don't Break My Heart" got him two awards as the Best Male Vocal Performance during the 2009 Hip hop awards.
Banky's first shot at acting was seen in the movie "The Wedding Party”, which was produced in 2016. He has gone on to feature in other movies like The Wedding Party 2, Up North, and Sugar Rush.
Several actors and celebrities are now delving into politics and Banky W is one of them. In 2018, he disclosed his political intentions and then contested for the Lagos Eti-Osa House of Representative seat under Modern Democratic Party. He lost to candidate Babajide Obanikoro. While everyone was gearing up for the 2023 elections, Banky W announced he had decamped to the People's Democratic Party (PDP). Again, he contested for the Federal House of Constituency seat under his new party and won. Later, a result sheet was circulated online that the music star turned politician didn't win. Sources close to Banky reported the sheets are false and that PDP leaders are sorting the issue out. To that effect, a rerun election was fixed and Banky Wellington emerged the winner with 24 votes, while his opponent Sam Aiboni had only five votes. This means Banky will be contesting for the Eti-Osa constituency seat on the PDP platform.
Banky W is now focused on representing his people in the political clime and won't be seen regularly on the stage again.
Banky W will be contesting for the Eti-Osa constituency seat on the PDP platform
1a. Banky Wellington age
And now, how old is Banky Wellington? The popular singer and now politician was born in the US on 27th March 1981. He is currently 41 years old as of 2022.
1b. Banky Wellington family
Banky Wellington family is from Badagry, Lagos State, the centre of excellence. They were living in the US before relocating back to Nigeria. Banky Wellington parents are George Bankole Wellington (his father) and the mother commonly known as Momma Wellington. The Wellington family has five children: four boys and one girl.
Back to Banky's personal life. As you know, he’s happily married to actress Adesua Etomi. Banky Wellington marriage to his wife was held on 19th November 2017, with South Africa as the location. Their traditional wedding was held in Nigeria, just six days before the white wedding. Banky and Adesua Wellington marriage welcomed their first child three years after their wedding. Banky Wellington wife delivered their baby in the US in January 2021 but it wasn't disclosed to the public. Not until the wife celebrated her birthday on February 22, 2021.Banky Wellington child with Adesua is Zaiah Wellington. When their child was born, Final Say by Banky W was released by the couple. The song talks about how God came through for them during their challenge of becoming parents.
Banky Wellington is happily married to actress Adesua Etomi
Banky W released the song Final Say to celebrate the gift of a child
The couple welcomed their son Zaiah in 2021
2. Banky W net worth
Banky W net worth is said to be around $5 million (₦2 billion). He makes money from his music, concerts, ambassadorial deals, and other businesses.
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3. Banky W houses and cars
The E.M.E director has a duplex in Lekki Lagos State. The house has a private swimming pool which has his initial "W" at the bottom
Banky's duplex in Lekki Lagos State has a swimming pool with his initial ''W''
Banky W cars
In 2018, Banky W was called out for still driving his 2008 Range Rover Sport car which he acquired in 2011. The lady who made a video of the singer with his car lamented that the ride is below his status as a celebrity. While responding to the stalker, the singer said, he’s focused on acquiring his own property and saving for the future. He stated he and his wife are getting another car and will be auctioning the Range Rover to raise money for charity. Well, Banky W isn't one to show off his car or acquire multiple cars as some celebrities do. He doesn't also mind driving one car for a longer time. He owns a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.
The singer auctioned his Range Rover car to raise money for charity
4. Banky Wellington latest news
The latest news about Banky Wellington is his victory at the PDP primary rerun election for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency. He won again and is now the ticket bearer for PDP at the 2023 coming general elections. To get more updates on him, follow Banky Wellington Instagram @bankywellington
The singer is now focused on his budding political career
Banky W biography highlighted all there is to know about him. His music has always singled him out, especially as an R&B singer. And now that he has gone into politics, we look forward to hearing great things about him as well. This concludes all that we currently know about Banky W net worth, cars, houses and interesting career story.
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