Banky W Channels His Energy Into Latest Business Venture



In a recent interview, Banky W reveals he is currently channelling his energy towards the success of his latest business venture, an advertising agency.

Apart from music, one area that has also caught the singer’s attention is film acting. His first appearance in a film was a recurring role in the final season of MNet’s series, Jacob’s Cross. Also, he got a small role in last year’s MTV Shuga.

“The truth is, I love acting and directing films. I grew up acting, singing, writing and directing. It is just that music is my first love and I had to focus more on it after leaving school.

“Most people don’t know that I actually created the concepts of about 90 per cent of the videos that EME has ever released. I write the scripts and then share my ideas with the director that can help execute them. Half of the time, I co-direct the videos,” he says.

Determined to take his love for acting to the next level, Banky W reveals that he will be attending a film school in the United States this year in order to hone his skill as a film director.

“After that, you’ll see me directing videos and short films frequently,” he says.


A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, Banky W initially worked in an engineering company in the US before returning to Nigeria in February, 2008.

Six years down the line, he says his decision to do music full-time is probably the best he ever made.

When asked if he considers himself a multi-millionaire after these past years, he replies, “I have never and probably will never discuss how much money I have. I’m very grateful for the success I have achieved so far. I am happy and contented with what I have. However, the really wealthy people are the Dangotes of the world. That is real wealth. It is what we’re all striving to be like. Any money I have is chicken change compared to that, so I’d rather people don’t even bring up my name when discussions about the rich come up.”

Even though he fails to admit it, there is no gainsaying the fact that Banky W still feels the vacuum that his former signee, Wizkid, created when he left the EME Records imprint. This may partially be due to the fact that none of the artistes currently on the label has been able to gather the clout that Wizkid had. However, Banky W says he is fulfilled.


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