NIGERIAN MUSICIAN OLADAPO DANIEL OYEBANJO BIOGRAPHY
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo known as D’banj, also known as the Kokomaster or Bangalee, was born on June 9, 1980, in Zaria, Nigeria, to a military officer in charge of an artillery regiment and a devoted church dignitary businesswoman from Shagamu, Ogun State. Dbanj has two younger brothers, Taiwo and Kehinde Oyebanjo, and an older brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who died in a plane crash when he was 17 years old. D’banj enrolled in the Nigeria Military School when he was 11 years old, presumably to pursue a military career. He apparently fled the school in defiance of his father’s wishes. Later, in Abeokuta, he completed his secondary school education at a Nigerian Navy-owned institution. D’banj enrolled in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lagos State University after completing his secondary education. He eventually dropped out of college. His parents encouraged him to pursue a mechanical engineering degree in London. D’banj never followed through with it, opting for a new road instead.
D’banj started playing the Harmonica as a present from his elder brother, Femi, who passed away recently. Femi and their father, unfortunately, perished in a plane tragedy. He was a music aficionado who learned to play a variety of songs. He met Don Jazzy in London and discovered they had a love of music.They returned to Nigeria in 2004 and began a career in music.’Tongolo’ was their first effort, and the rest is history! D’banj’s debut album, ‘No Long Thing,’ was released in 2005 and featured the song ‘Tongolo.’ It was a huge hit, and one of the major political parties even used it in their 2006 election campaigns. He followed up with another popular album, ‘Rundown Funk U Up.’ The Koko Master went on to create several albums, including ‘The Entertainer’ and ‘Bother You’ (which was inspired by Chimaamanda Adichie’s Oscar-winning film ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’).
Following that, he worked with Kanye West to produce his album “Good Music” in 2011 and subsequently founded his own record company, Mo’Hits, which signed his brother, Kayswitch, and Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh.
D’banj played his single “Top Of The World” at the 2013 African Cup of Nations closing ceremony in South Africa, and he earlier performed at the Hackney Weekend in honor of the 2012 Summer Olympics on June 23, 2012. Jay-Z and Rihanna, world-famous musicians, headlined the event. He also remixed Snoop Dogg’s song, Mr Endowed, with him. Kanye West, Akon, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Fally Ipupa, and Tinie Tempah are some of the international artists with whom D’banj has worked.
‘Oliver Twist,’ his music video, was the first African music video to reach 20 million views on YouTube and topped the UK singles chart in 2012. D’banj is also the first Nigerian to be appointed to the United Nations’ Peacekeeping Mission.
Lineo Didi Kilgrow and D’banj married in a ‘secret affair’ in June 2016. Daniel Oyebanjo III was born in May 2017 to the couple. In June 2018, D’banj’s toddler drowned. Another kid was born to the couple in 2019.
His net worth is estimated to be $12 million.
D’banj’s has released several singles and albums, some of them are listed below:
No Long Thing
Run Down Fuck You Up
King Don Come
Issa Banger (ft. Slimcase & Mr Real)
Shake It (ft. Tiwa Savage)
His biography can’t be completed without talking about his awards. He has bagged several awards such as:
• Revelation of the Year at The Headies (2006)
• African Artiste of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards (2007)
• Best Afro Pop Act of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards (2007)
• Artiste of the Year at The Headies (2008)
• Best Male Artist at the MTV Africa Music Awards (2008)
• Best Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards (2008)
• Best International Act (Africa) at the BET Awards (2011)
• Most Gifted Male Video at the Channel O Music Video Awards (2011)
• Best African Act Video at the 4Syte TV Music Video Awards (2011)
• Most Gifted Video of the Year at the Channel O Music Video Awards (2012)
• Song of the Year at The Headies (2012)
• Best African Act at the MOBO Awards (2012)
• Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards (2012)
• Best-selling African Artist at the World Music Awards (2014)
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