Nigerian Celebrities Biography: D’banj

D’banj’s Biography

 

Synopsis:

A top Nigerian musician and songwriter, D’banj was born Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo on 9 June 1980 in Zaria, Kaduna State. His stagename D’banj is derived from his name, the ‘D’ in Daniel and ‘banj’ in Oyebanjo. His mother was a reputable member of the church while his father was a military officer. His father’s constant travels due to the nature of his work affected D’banj as he was also moving from one part of the country to another before he later relocated to England. But before then, his father had wanted him to join the military too. He enrolled him first at the Nigerian Military School and later the Nigerian Navy Secondary School in Abeokuta. But young Daniel would have none of these. His passion lies in music. D’banj’s interest in music was influenced by his brother Femi Oyebanjo whose skilful handling of the harmonica always dazzled the young D’banj. The instrument D’banj would later use masterfully to captivate his teeming fans. Later D’banj travelled to England where he struggled to make ends meet working night shifts as a security personnel. While there, he met Don Jazzy with whom he decided to up his musical career. In 2004, when they realised the Nigerian Music Industry was beginning to boom they came back home. Then the rest is history; Oyebanjo went on to become the Nigerian Music icon with several hit songs, albums and over 29 awards to his credits. He is also the first Nigerian artiste to become African ambassador for Ciroc Nigeria. He has also signed deals with the United Nations and Globacom Nigeria, to mention just a few.

Genre: Afropop, Afrobeat and reggae

Education:

After completing his secondary education at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, Abeokuta, D’banj went to study Mechanical Engineering but later dropped out owing to incessant strikes.

Popular Tracks:

  • ‘Oliver Twist’
  • ‘Olorun Maje’
  • ‘Why Me’
  • ‘Fall in Love’

Albums including year released:

  • An Epic Journey (2015)
  • The Entertainer (2008)
  • Rundown Funk U Up (2006)
  • No Long Thing (2005)

Awards:

  • (Best International Act) 2011 BETS Awards
  • (Most Promising Male Artiste) 2005 Kora Awards
  • (Most Gifted Male Video Awards) 2011 Nigeria Music Video Awards
  • (Most Gifted AfroPop) 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards
  • (Best Newcomer) 2006 Fizz Awards
  • (African Artiste of the Year) 2009 Ghana Music Awards
  • (Song of the Year) 2012 The Headies Awards
  • (Best African Act) 2012 MOBO Awards

Controversies:

D’banj has been said to be one of the most controversial artistes Nigeria has ever had. He once said in an interview that while in London JJC used him, with the latter saying that he was the one who helped him. Also, at one point, he was said to have dated the Nollywood star Genevieve Nnaji. Also, his break up from the MoHits Records where he was serving as Vice president generated a lot of hits from the public.

Social Profiles:

  • D’banj on Facebook: DBanjOfficial
  • D’banj on Twitter: @iamdbanj
  • D’banj on Youtube: DbanjVEVO
  • D’banj on Instagram: @iambangalee

Website: www.dbanjrecords.com

 

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