Olamild Ent interviews Banky W

Exclusive Interview with award winning RnB sensation - Banky W( Long Island, New York)

A gifted songwriter, producer and vocalist, Banky has been able to connect with his fans on a personal level, creating an almost cult-like following worldwide. Born Olubankole Wellington in the United States, he grew up in Lagos, where he began singing in his church choir at the age of 8. 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 became an in demand artist on the local music scene; performing alongside major acts on tour.

Olamild had the opportunity of meeting the award winning sensation (Banky W) in Long Island, New York. It was the 14th annual Nigerian reunion and we all attended the town-hall meeting. Nollywood star Ramsey Nouah was a part of the panel; he did not take his face off his blackberry even when he was being asked questions. Some people claimed he was updating his twitter page. Banky on the other hand, sat quietly with his manager and listened to the panel like the rest of us; he wasn't a part of the panel but he asked to speak when he felt a question was not addressed properly. Banky showed great tact and discretion during this session and that moment I said to me; interview this guy.

I caught up with Jennifer Ehidiamen of cp-africa & we scheduled an interview with Banky. He is not only charming & cute; he has a great sense of humor. Here are some before & after pictures.

About Banky W

He wowed audiences with his silky smooth voice while building a loyal following; he established a record label Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.) as a platform to get his music to his fans and began work on an EP. In 2008 he moved to Nigeria after the completion of his latest highly anticipated album 'Mr. Capable' with the sole mission of exposing African music to the world and bringing a high profile presence to the industry. On myspace he garnered over 1 million song plays; on youtube, hundreds of thousands of views for videos such as My Regret, Capable, Don’t Break My Heart, Strong Ting and Lagos Party; and on Facebook, his recently created fan page has over 24,000 registered fans, growing at an astounding rate of over 500 new fans per week.

In December 2009, Banky W dropped his much anticipated sophomore album in Nigeria, titled THE W EXPERIENCE. A strong contender for the best album of 2009/2010 in Africa, it features production from Nigeria’s most sought-after talents, and showcases Banky W. as he combines global R&B/Pop with African rhythms and influences to create an entirely unique and impressive sound. The 15-track album features collaborations from the internationally acclaimed and Interscope-signed artiste, Verse Simmonds; it also introduces his newly signed E.M.E acts, WIZKID and SKALES; and solidifies Banky W as the crown Prince of African Soul/R&B.

Not to be outdone by his exploits in the music world, he is also a philanthropist, a published writer, award-Winning Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Entertainer, Entrepreneur, Businessman and Philanthropist… Mr Capable is Banky W.

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