D’banj full name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, he was born on the 9th of June, 1980. Known popularly by his stage name D’banj, the talented artist is a rapper, businessman, singer, and also the co-founder of Mo’ Hits Records together with popular Nigerian artist Don Jazzy.
He has won different awards of music, that includes 2009 Artist of the Year award at the MTV Africa Music Awards, 2007 Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, An award at the Africa at the 2011 BET Awards for the best International
Act, 2015 MTV Africa Music awards for the Evolution award, 2014 World Music Awards for the best-selling African Artist.
FULL NAME; Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo.
DATE OF BIRTH; 9 June 1980
GENRES; hip hop, R&B, Afrobeats, pop.
ORIGIN; Zaria, Nigeria
OCCUPATION; entrepreneur, rapper, Singer, songwriter.
LABEL; Mercury, Priority, Mo’Hits, GOOD, DKM, DB, RCA, ROCKSTAR4000, Sony .
ASSOCIATED ACTS; Olamide, Kanye West, Kay Switch, Don Jazzy.
YEARS ACTIVE; 2004–Present.
The artist merged his stage name D’banj from his first and second name, Dapo and Oyebanjo a combination of both names. He is known widely for his summer hit ” Oliver Twist” in 2012, a combination of uptempo dance fusion of electronic dance music an Afrobeats that appeared on the top of African charts in 2011 and in 2012, He was among the top 10 hit in UK singles charts. He reached No.2 on the UK chart (R&B).
•AGE AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION.
DBANJ was born on the 9th of June, 1980, in Northern Nigeria, Zaria, Kaduna State. His birth name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanj. His father commanded at an artillery unit as a military officer, and just like everyone he was expected to follow his father’s footsteps. However, he entered into a military school at an early age eleven, and eventually he became a renowed member of the Nigerian Army’s drum corps.
His mother was a business woman, a God-fearing church dignitary. He left the military school he was in when he got tired of the environment and he enrolled into a different military school in Ibara, Abeokuta known as “Nigerian Navy Secondary School”, Ibara, where he finished he secondary education.
After completing his secondary school education, it was his father wish that DBANJ joined the army. However, DBANJ paid deaf ears to his father’s wish for him, having set an eye on the music industry. He persisted and eventually he chased his childhood dream and like most musicians, he struggled before starting his career in music and because it was against his father’s wish, he has to struggle just as much as to convince his father .
DBANJ start his career in music by playing the Harmonica belonging to his brother who died in a plane crash at the age of 17. Hence, to pay tribute to his brother and also keep his memories alive, DBANJ plays the Harmonica always. DBANJ dropped his dream of becoming a mechanical engineer due to
The never ending strike at Lagos State University.
In 2001, He eventually moved to the Uk to further his studies, however he quit when he meant an aspiring songwriter then Don Jazzy.
DBANJ had to cope with juggling with working as a security Man and going the studio. He and Don Jazzy eventually decided to head back home to Lagos, Nigeria in 2004 because the Nigerian music industry was evolving. When DBANJ dropped “Tonglo”, he bagged a deal with Power fist an energy drink company. Fela Kuti was adored by DBANJ, and hence the singer uses Afrobeat and Afropop.
And till present, D’banj has over five different albums, which includes the No Long Thing, his debut album which was released in 2005.
Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record label signed DBANJ via Mo’Hits in 2011. However, the label spilts months later.
Fortunately for him, he was signed into Sony Entertainment Deal in 2012 and in 2017 He released his single which was featuring amazing guest such as Wande Coal, Gucci Mane, e.t.c titled “King Don Come”. DKM his record label is also doing well.
The talented artist has won more than 13 international awards some of them are; MTV Africa Music Awards, KORA All Africa Music Awards, among others. Some of his fans fondly call him ‘Kokomaster’. DBANJ has also been able to collaborate with some of the well-known and top selling artists worldwide, including the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, among others .
His music career has gained alot of international acceptance and recognition. Apart from being a singer, he is also a gifted and talented actor, he has featured in different short films, including the Kanye West’s film “Cruel Summers’’. Aside ither numerous Nollywood productions that he DBANJ has featured in.
D’banj is actually the first Nigerian to be declared the United Nations Youth Ambassador For Peace. He is one of the most celebrated pop star artists to ever grace Nigeria.
•WIFE AND KIDS.
In 2017, DBANJ presented to the public his wife Lineo Didi Kilgrow and his son Daniel Oyebanjo III. Several years after revealing that, not much is known about both his wife and Kid. He and his got married at a secret wed ding in 2016.
The artist is said to be one of the most richest artists in Africa, his music sells both at home and internationally. In 2013, he was ranked 4th richest artist in the African continent. Dbanj net worth has been estimated to be $30.1 Million dollars, this justify his wealth status, he is one if the top most richest musicians in Nigeria.
SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS.