D’banj Biography: Age, Career, Spouse, Family, Net Worth
D’banj whose real name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo is a Nigerian rapper and singer. He is also the co-founder of Mo’ Hits Records, along with music producer Don Jazzy.
Profiling D’banjA Quick Glance At D’banj
|Full Names||Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo|
|Stage Name||D’banj, Kokomaster, Bangalee
|Date Of Birth||9 June, 1980|
|Age||42 Years Old|
|State of Origin||Ogun State, Nigeria
|Occupation||Singer • Songwriter
|Spouse||Lineo Didi Kilgrow (m. 2016)
Genevieve Nnaji (ex.girlfriend)
|Academics||Lagos State University|
|Net Worth||$30.1 million
D’banj (born 9 June 1980) is more popularly known by the name D’banj a Nigerian musician, rapper, and businessman.
He is also an executive in the music industry who co-founded Mo”Hits Records” together with the producer Don Jazzy. He has been awarded numerous awards for his music, such as the ones for Best African Performer at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 and Musician of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009 as well as the Most Outstanding International Performer: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and the Best-selling African artist at 2015 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.
Oyebanjoadopted as his Stage title D’banj is a blend of his initial surname, Dapo as well as his last name, Oyebanjo.
The singer is well-known for his 2012 summer smash ” Oliver Twist” the upbeat dance that combines Afrobeats as well as electronic music. The song debuted on his African chart in the year 2011 and became the top 10 hit on the UK singles chart in 2012, achieving the number. second on the UK R&B charts.
D’banj stated that the year 2021 would be celebrated in Grand fashions and he’d drop his album ” Ikebe” prior to the end of the 1st quarter.
Early Life & Education
D’banj Also called”the Kokomasteror Bangalee was born on the 9th of June 1980 in Zaria Zaria, which is Zaria, which is in the Northern region of Nigeria.
He was the son of an officer father Daniel Oyebanjo who was the commander of an artillery unit and was a revered businesswoman from the church, Faith Olubukolola Oyebanjo (mother) who was from Shagamu in Ogun State.
He also has two twin who is brothers, Taiwo Oyebanjo and Kehinde Oyebanjo. His other siblings of his are Shola Oyebanjo and Femi Oyebanjo…
He graduated from Lagos State University. He was a student of Mechanical Engineering.
How old is D’banj? He was born on the 9th of June 1980, he is 42 years old as of October 2022.
In a tribute to the mentor of Fela Kuti, D’banj utilizes a fusion between Afrobeat along with Afropop for bringing his sound to life with awe-inspiring energy and some humor. The songs he sings are based on his own experiences, and are often hilarious but with a deeper message which focuses on the struggles of an aspiring young Nigerian struggling to fulfill his goals. He sings his songs in Yoruba, English, and Pidgin English.
D’banj‘s debut album, No Long Thing was released in the year 2005. The album produced several singles and singles, with Tongoloas as the main single. It was the single that made him famous and became it was a huge smash. It also gave him the Koko Master persona as well as the word, Koko, being interpreted in a variety of meanings.
D’banj‘s debut success resulted in cooperation with other artists, like Dare Art Alade and Ikechukwu. The single Kokowas utilized in the PDP (ruling government party of Nigeria) as its theme for the 2007 general election.
D’banj‘s second album Rundown (Fuck U Up), released in 2006, featured a variety of singles including the club track, Tongolo(Remix) and the leading single Why me?. It was a huge success.
In the past the time it was his turn to be an artist for Mo’Hits Records, he was also part of the collective group, Mo’ the Hits Allstars (includes artists Dr. SID, Wande Coal, KaySwitch, and D’Prince). He was once seen by one of Nigeria’s best performers, ” Smile Lasisi“. The album that the group released as its debut, Curriculum Vitae came out in the month of December. It contained hit singles ” Be Close To You“, ” Booty Call,” and ” Move Your Body” which was the lead track. D’banjwas included on Ikechukwu‘s 2007 smash hit, ” Wind Am Well“.
In July of 2008, D’banj released his 3rd album The Entertainer, with the singles “Gbono Feli Feli”, “Kimon”, “Olorun Maje” and “Entertainer”.
In June 2011, D’banj was signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record label as an artist. 9 June 2011 The rapper posted on his Twitter account, @iamdbanj “Just as yesterday, me as well as my brother played the Tongolo. Seven years later Mo’Hits makes his debut with GOOD Music. Best Birthday gift ever. God, I thank you.
In September 2016, it was announced that D’banj was dropped from GOOD Music.
The album was released by the artist King Don Come, with guests from the likes of Gucci Mane Wande Coal Harrysong, Bucie, Busiswa, and more. in August. The album features singles like It’s Not A Lies, El Chapo, and his 2012 massive hit Oliver Twist.‘
- 2006 Tongolo
- 2006 Socor
- 2006 Mobolowowon
- 2015 Confidential Featuring Idris Elba
- 2015 Knocking on My Door
- 2015 Salute Featuring Ice Prince Zamani
- 2016 Emergency
- 2016 Superstar
- 2017 It’s Not A Lie
- 2017 El Chapo
- 2018 “Action”(Prod. by Pheelz)
- 2018 “Agidi”(Prod. by Chopstix)
- 2019″Mo Cover Eh” Featuring Slimcase
- No Long Thing Released: 2005
- Rundown Fuck You Up Released: 2006
- The Entertainer
- King Don Come Released: 2017
- Curriculum Vitae
- D’ Kings Men
- Tongolo” (featuring Tola HU)
- No Long Thing” Socor”
- Run Down (Funk U Up)”
- Why Me
- Toniolo Remix”––––2008
- The Entertainer
- “Gbono Feli Feli”
- Fall in Love
- Mr. Endowed (remix) featuring Snoop Dogg
- Cash flow (featuring KaySwitch)
- Top of the world
- Feeling the Ni*ga”––––2015
- Feeling a Nikka” (Remix) (with Akon)
- “Frosh” (featuring Akon)
- It’s Not a Lie”
- El Chapo”
- King Don Come
- Issa Banger
- Shake It (featuring Tiwa Savage)
Awards & Nominations
- 2011 D’banj” Best International Act (Africa
- 2006 D’banj for “Tongolo” Best Newcomer.”
- Best Male Video”
- 2007″Why Me”
“Best African West Video”
“Best Special Effects Video”
- 2008″Move Your Body” Best African West Video.”
- 2010″Fall in Love” Most Gifted Afro Pop.”
- 2011″Mr. Endowed (Remix)” Most Gifted Male Video.”
Most Gifted Video Of The Year”
- 2012″Oliver Twist” Most Gifted Male Video
Most Gifted Video of the Year”
- 2013″Tony Montana (Bad Pass) Remix.”
(Naeto C featuring D’banj)
Most Gifted Duo/Group/Featuring Video
- 2006 D’banj for “Tongolo” Best Newcomer
- 2012 D’banj African Artiste of the Year
- 2006 D’banj “Revelation of the Year
- 2007 Why Me” Song of the Year.”
- 2008D’banj” Artiste of the Year.”
- 2009 The Entertainer.”
Album of the Year”
D’banj” Artiste of the Year
- 2005 D’banj “Most Promising Male Artist.”
- 2012 D’banj for “Oliver Twist” Best Male West Africa
- 2008 D’banj Best African Act.”
- 2012 D’banj Best African Act
Alongside D’banj‘s debut album, he received the first time he was endorsed by an energy drink known as the Power Fist. In May 2013 D’banj was appointed to be the Bank of Industry (BOI) ambassador.
In November 2013 D’banj signed a multi-million-Naira contract with Globacom which was the company that he broke off within the year. He signed a deal with the company in June 2014. signed an agreement to sign a deal with Heritage Bank.
The month of October was when D’banjwas named the official African ambassador for Beats by Dre… In February 2015, He was named an officially appointed African Ambassador for Ciroc Nigeria.
In an exclusive article in Tush Magazine issue 11, Banky W and D’banjshed more information about how they came to be CirocAmbassadors.
In September 2015 he was named the brand ambassador for SLOT which is a well-known mobile phone and electronic gadgets retail store. He is now among the most wealthy Afrobeats performers in Nigeria.
He married Lineo Didi Kilgrow in June 2016. He confirmed that they were expecting their first child, Daniel Oyebanjo III in May 2017 The child drowned in June 2018.
D’banj was once in a relationship with Nollywood actor Genevieve Nnaji…
In June 2020, following D’banj made a post on social networks in order to “say no to rape,” Seyitan Babatayo accused him of raping her in the year 2018, saying that she was going to “[call] him out on his hypocrisy.”
Then she disappeared for two days. when she disappeared the posts on her social networks claimed that it was an attempt to gain publicity for the coming D’banjsingle. In the words of The Guardian, she was located with help from the non-profit organization Stand to End Rape (STER).
She claimed she was abducted by Nigerian police, who handed the girl over to the D’banj‘s Management team. The team took over her social media account and created the retractions. D’banj has denied the allegations and called the allegations “false allegations and lies from the pit of hell.” After a few days, Babatayoissued an announcement that the two of them D’banj had reached a “non-monetary” settlement, saying, “I just want my peace.”
On July 3, 2020 D’banj sued Babatayofor N1.5 billion. Then, D’banj‘s former manager Franklin Amudo reported that Babatayohad said that D’banj had raped her that day following the incident.
The 42-year-old singer-songwriter was a guest speaker at the “Bliss Experience,” an event at the church held by Moses Bliss, the musician.
In June of 2018, Dbanj and Lineo Didi Kilgrow and his wife grieved Daniel Oyebanjo III‘s loss of their infant son who was just one year old. The boy was believed to drowned in the swimming pool of the singer’s residence at Ikoyi, Lagos. The couple was delighted to welcome their second baby Zane Oyebanjo.
The tragic incident was recalled by him declaring that God has redeemed his faith by giving him not just two, but one.
“What I meant to say was that I’m born to be born again. When I declared that Jesus has become Koko, I meant it. Koko, I intended to mean that. If anyone has any information about my story, on every album I’ve made I always show respect to the person who deserves honor,” he can be heard saying.
“I am always aware of the origin of where I am. Three years ago I was devastated by the loss of my son. However, I was blessed when the Lord brought me back. You’d tell people things but they don’t understand because they believe that you aren’t aware of what you’re going through.
“But God will put you through a journey that will make you will be …[inaudiblethank you greatly. God bless you.
At the time of writing, his net worth is around US$30.1 million, which makes D’banj one of the top 10 richest Nigerian music artists.
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