Who is Banky W?

Olubankole Wellington (born 27 March 1981), known under the stage name Banky W, is a Nigerian R&B artist.
Wellington was born in the United States to
Nigerian parents, but the family moved back to
Lagos Nigeria when he was five years old where he
began singing in his church choir at the age of 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. He along with Sasha P were the first official ambassadors of Samsung electronics in Nigeria. He is a brand ambassador for Ciroc , ultra-premium vodka.
Not to be outdone by his exploits in the music
world, he is also accomplished in several other
fields. He’s a published writer, as articles from his
blog (http://bankyw.blogspot.com ) have been featured in numerous Nigerian Newspapers,
magazines and websites. As a philanthropist, he
launched the “I AM CAPABLE” scholarship fund,
which provides tuition, room & board at private
universities for youth who are in need and meet
the grade requirements. He’s also on the board of trustees of the “LightupNigeria” Project, which is
focused on achieving constant electrical power
supply in Nigeria, as well as various other
charitable society building and empowering
projects. He has also been extremely successful in
many Corporate Marketing Campaigns, having been featured prominently in projects like
Etisalat’s 0809ja Launch, Cocacola-Nigeria’s World
Cup Theme Song, and Microsoft’s Anti-Cyber Crime
Initiative. Last but not least, he is an accomplished
Master of Ceremonies/Host, as he has successfully
anchored numerous high profile events such as The HipHop World Awards (2009), Nigerian Breweries
Legend Extra Stout Product Launch, and The Gulder
Ultimate Search Celebrity TV Show Launch.

Banky played a major role in mobilizing the
Nigerian youth to participate in the Occupy Nigeria series of protests in January 2012. The protests
were to resist the implementation of the
government’s fuel subsidy removal policy.


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