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David Oladapo Oyebanjo who is popularly known by his moniker D’banj is one of Nigeria’s biggest entertainer who needs little or no introduction. We are happy to feature him on Information Guide in Nigeria Website.
Apart from D’banj, he has also adopted different stage names at different points or level of his career; Koko Master, Banger Lee derived from his days at the Lee temple in 2013, Koko Farmer and Eja Nla,(in 2012) which means big fish in Yoruba language.
He is the only entertainer with the most stage names. He was born on 9th of June, 1980 in Zaria, Kaduna state to a top military officer and an entrepreneur mother both from Ogun state, south western Nigeria.
D’Banj Education and Early Life
Born: 9 June 1980, Dbanj attended the Nigerian military school in Zaria before proceeding to the Lagos state university to study mechanical engineering but withdrew due to incessant strikes and left for the united kingdom where he met Don Jazzy in 2001 and delved fully into music.
He thought he was going to end up as military man just like his father but his love for music overshadowed that aspiration.
D’Banj Music Career
At the age of eleven, he started playing drums in the elite drum corporation of the Nigerian army while at music school; his late brother who died in a plane crash in 1994, introduced him to the harmonica which he kept playing till he was better at it.
He later joined the choir and played every instrument he could lay his hands on, at this point everything changed for him musically as he began to use every little opportunity he was given to express himself through music.
Back at the United Kingdom he joined Don Jazzy to work on music while doing menial jobs to survive, they both returned to Lagos in 2004 and continued making good music.
Together, they built one of Africa’s finest and most successful record labels the “Mo Hits Records” under which they signed Wande Coal, D’Prince and Dr. Sid. Dbanj recorded his first single “Tongolo” ( what is the koko) in that same year they returned and the single was the genesis behind the name “Koko master”.
In 2015, he collaborated with several artists and released his debut album “No Long Thing” which had the previously released single “Tongolo” as a breakthrough single; another famous single “Koko” was used as a campaign song by the people’s Democratic party, the then ruling party in Nigeria for the 2007 general elections.
In 2006, he released his second album “Rundown funk you up” which had “why me” as a massive hit.
In 2007/8 he collaborated with label mates in Mo Hits records on their collective album “Curriculum Vitae” and in July 2008, he released his third album ‘The Entertainer” with “Olorunmaje”, “Gbono Feli Feli”, “Kimon” and ‘Entertainer” as hit songs. D’ banj whose genre of music is a combination of afro beat as inspired by the late Fela Kuti) and the new school afro pop is undoubtedly Nigeria’s biggest music export and one of the most commercially successful artist.
This profile guaranteed him an interview with BET in 2011, this was an opportunity for him to launch himself to the international music scene he had aspiring to work with at that time, after the interview he met Kanye West n Dubai and introduced himself to him in a brief conversation that led to him being signed up by Kanye West’s good music in June that year.
Shortly after this, he parted ways with his long time friend and partner Don Jazzy after irreconcilable differences. This was one feud that shook the Nigeria music industry.
Mo Hits records died and Don jazzy birthed a new label “Mavin Records” that had everyone from the defunct Mo Hits except Dbanj and additional artists like Tiwa Savage. D’banj on the other hand went ahead to create his own DB records which is home to Kswitch (his brother), and 2kriss.
He left Good music in September 2016.
In 2013, he did a sound track for internationally acclaimed movie “Half of a yellow sun”. He has had the most outstanding live performances, no wonder he is called the entertainer.
He has performed at the African shrine, at the black president concert in London, at the first edition of MTV Africa music awards in 2008, at all This day Africa rising music festivals, at his own explosive koko concerts, at the 2012 summer Olympics headlined by Rihanna and Jay z, at the SCALA live music club with Rita Ora in London, at the Global citizens earth day in 2015 in Washington and at the AFCON closing ceremony in South Africa in 2013.
The singer has also been actively involved in humanitarian works through his Koko foundation for youth and peace development in Nigeria.
He also partnered with MTN a telecommunications company and the bank of industry to launch the C.R.E.A.M platform to discover and develop talents of young Nigerians.
He owns MCOMM limited a content service provider and media communication outfit and Kingsmen media which are both responsible for all his digital works.
In 2016, he quietly married his girlfriend Didi Kilgrow in a private ceremony and they have welcomed a son, Daniel in may 2017.
D’Banj Deals and Endorsements
Dbanj’s first endorsement was with an energy drink “Power Fist” in 2004. He has been ambassadors for both Globacom and MTN telecommunications companies in Nigeria.
He is also an ambassador for the Bank of industry (BOI) and got endorsed by Heritage Bank in 2014, in the same year he was the African ambassador for Beats by Dre.
In 2015, he was an ambassador for CIROC and SLOT a mobile phone and electronics gadgets outfit. Dbanj is also a united nations ambassador for peace and an ambassador for Bono’s one campaign.
He released the song “Cocoa na Chocolate” which featured eighteen other African artists to promote agricultural investments in Africa.
The chief of the world Bank, Jim Young Kim commended dbanj for using his music to support agriculture and aid poverty alleviation in Africa.
His song “Extraordinary’ which was released in 2015 was endorsed by world bank to raise awareness on gender equality and women empowerment.
D’Banj Net Worth
According to Forbes, his current network in 2017 is $13.5 million.
D’Banj Songs and Collaborations
The koko master has recorded three studio albums as an artist with two compilation albums.
His popular songs are very many but here are few of them: “Tongolo'(2015), ‘Mobolowowon'(2005), ‘Why Me’ (2006), Kimon (2007), Suddenly (2007), Gbonon Feli Feli (2007), Entertainer(2008), Fall in Love (2008), Igwe (2008), Scapegoat (2009), Mr Endowed (2010), Oliver twist (2012), Don’t tell me nonsense (2012), On top of the world (2013), Finally (2013), Feeling a nikka (2014), Extraordinary (2016) and Emergency (2016).
He has collaborated with both local and international artists that include Snoop Dogg, Akon. kswitch, Naeto C, Ice prince, Idris Elba, all artists in the defunct Mo hits records and many others.
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As an artist who has contributed immensely to the growth of the music industry in Africa, he has won many awards with about eighty seven nominations:
- BET Awards 2011: Best international Act
- Channel O music Awards 2006: Beat new comer
- Channel O music Awards 2007: Best male video, Best west African video and best special effects
- Channel O music Awards 2008: Best West African Video
- Channel O music Awards 2010: Most gifted afro pop
- Channel O music Awards 2011: Most gifted male video and most gifted video of the year
- Channel O music Awards 2012: Most gifted Video of the year
- Channel O music Awards 2013: Most gifted featuring Video
- The headies 2006: Revelation of the year
- The headies 2007: Song of the year
- The headies 2008: Artist of the year
- The headies 2012: Song of the year
- Kora Awards 2005: Most promising male artist
- Mobo Awards 2012: Best African Act
- MTV Africa music video Awards 2008: Best Artist of the year, Best Male Artist of the year, Best listeners choice and best artist in 2009.
- MTV Europe Music Awards 2007: Beat African artist
- MTV Europe Music Awards 2012: Best African Artist
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2007: Hottest single of the year and Best afro pop artist of the year.
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2009: Best Music Video of the year
- Nigeria Music Video Awards 2009: Best Afro pop video of the year
- Sound city Music Video Awards 2008: Soundcity Fresh Video of the year.
- 4syte TV Music Video Awards 2011: Best African Act Video.
… And more to come!
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