Olubankole Wellington (born 27 March 1981), popularly known by his stage name Banky W and credited in the film as Banky Wellington, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, actor, entrepreneur, and politician.
Olubankole Wellington was born in the United States on 27 March 1981 to Nigerian parents. His family moved back to Nigeria when he was five years old. He started singing at a young age in his church choir.
He schooled in Lagos for his primary and secondary education and returned to further his tertiary education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York on a scholarship. He started his record label E.M.E in 2002 while studying. He also used to work at GlobalSpec and would sing really loud with his headphones on. In 2009, he left the US for Nigeria and established his record label in Lagos where he signed artists like Niyola, Shaydee, Skales, and Wizkid to the label at the time. His breakthrough debut studio album, Back in the Building was released in 2005. He wrote the first theme song of Etisalat Nigeria titled “0809ja for life”.
He married Adesua Etomi traditionally on 19 November 2017 and subsequently did his white wedding in South Africa on 25 November 2017. He had a successful skin cancer surgery on his shoulder in 2017. In early 2021, Banky and Adesua had a son. Adesua Etomi– Wellington and her singer/actor hubby, Banky W they recently welcomed their first child together. The actress who turned 33, took to the spotlight away from her new age as she announced the arrival of their bundle of joy. The Nollywood actress took to her Instagram page to announce the arrival of her baby boy on February 22.
Banky W.’s net worth is estimated to be $9.7 Million according to the list of richest musicians in Africa & Net Worth 2021.