On March 27, 1981, Nigerian parents gave birth to Olubankole Wellington (Banky W) in the United States. When he was five years old, his family relocated to Nigeria. He started singing in his church choir at an early age. Wellington attended primary and secondary school in Lagos before returning to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, where he received a scholarship to pursue his tertiary education. He majored in Industrial Engineering at the university.

While still studying at the polytechnic, the singer began building a career in music. The singer launched E.M.E. Records in 2002. He worked for GlobalSpec as well. The singer returned to Nigeria after finishing his studies and spending some time in the United States. In the city of Lagos, he established a new record label. Skales, Niyola, Wizkid, and Shaydee were among the Nigerian artists he signed first.

Back in the Building, his debut studio album, gave him his big break in the music industry in 2005. He also composed Etisalat Nigeria’s first theme song, “0809ja for Life,” which became a hit.

Wellington announced his intention to run for the Lagos’ Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in the Nigerian House of Representatives on the Modern Democratic Party’s platform, which was formed in 2017. Wellington was defeated by Babajide Obanikoro of the All Progressive Congress in the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency Elections on February 23.

Wellington married Adesua Etomi in a traditional ceremony on November 19, 2017, and the couple married in a white ceremony on November 25, 2017 in South Africa. Wellington and Adesua welcomed their first child in the spring of 2021. They kept the pregnancy a secret, which surprised many people when the baby was born.

Banky W has won several awards, some of the awards are;
• Best R&B Artist at Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2006
• Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Best International Single of the Year 2007
• Best R&B Video at Nigerian Music Video Awards 2008
• Best Male Vocal Performance at Hip Hop World Awards 2008
• R&B Single of the Year at Hip Hop World Awards 2010
• R&B Singer of the Year at City People Entertainment Awards 2010
• Best Music Video(Male) at Sound City Music Video Awards 2010
• Best R&B Singer at Sound City Music Video Awards 2010
• Most Gifted R&B Video(Male) at Channel O Music Video Awards 2011
• Musician of the Year at the Future Awards 2011
• Best R&B Single at the Headies Awards 2013
• Music Entrepreneur of the Year at Awesome Awards 2015
• Artist of the Year at The Urban Marketplace 2016

His net worth is around $9 million.

Some of the Albums Produced by Banky W
Undeniable: The EP, Banky W (2003)
Back in the building, Banky W (2005)
Mr Capable, Banky W (2008)
The W Experience Banky W (2009)
Superstar, Wizkid (2011)
Empire Mates State of Mind (2012)
R & BW, Banky W (2013)
Ayo, Wizkid (2014)
Rhythm and Life, Shaydee (2016)
Songs about U, Banky W (2017)


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