Banky W — Artiste Profile
Banky W Profile
Stage Name: — Banky W
Birth Name: — Olubankole Wellington
Date Of Birth: — 27 March 1981
Born: — United States
Genre: — Afrobeats, RnB
Labels: — Empire Mates Entertainment
Occupation: — Musician, Songwriter, Actor
Years Active: — 2002 – Present
Olubankole Wellington, a.k.a Banky W, is an American born-Nigerian R&B artiste. His father is from Badagry while his mother is from Calabar in Cross River State. Banky W was born in the United States and his family moved back to Lagos Nigeria when he was five years old where he began singing in his church choir at the age of eight (8).
After completing his secondary school Education at Home Science Association Secondary School, he moved to New York to attend college on a scholarship; earning a degree in Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. While still in college, he won the ‘Albany Idol’ competition, which catapulted him into the spotlight. He overcame many personal trials and obstacles to quickly become an in-demand artist on the local music scene; performing alongside major acts on tour. He wowed audiences with his silky smooth voice while building a loyal following.
He established the Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.) record label as a platform to get his music to his fans and began work on an EP. Under the name Banky W, he released the EP Undeniable in 2003 and has continued to grow and become even more successful.
Banky W is also known for discovering and grooming superstars Wizkid and Skales along with his political and philanthropic involvements.