Who is D’Banj and what is his net worth 2019? D’Banj is a popular Nigerian singer, musician, songwriter, TV host and an entrepreneur. He is the recipient of MTV Africa Music Award in the year 2009 for ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Best African Act’ 2007 in MTV Europe Music Award; BET Award 2011 for ‘Best International Act’ and 2014 World Music Award for ‘Best Selling Artist’ in Africa. He experienced his first international fame with his 2012 hit ‘Oliver Twist’ which was a dance fusion which reached number 2 in UK charts and topped 2011 African Charts. The singer was listed in T.I.N Magazine, as the richest solo artist in Nigeria, in 2016.
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo was born in 1980 on 9th June, in Zaria. He was born to a military father and business woman mother. He got to travel in several parts of Nigeria, due to his dad’s profession. Later his family moved to England. He had an elder brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who died at the age of seventeen in a plane crash.
Education: Initially D’ Banj wanted to follow the footsteps of his father, which motivated him to join the Nigerian Military School, when he was eleven. However, this desired lasted only for 3 years after which he dis-enrolled from the institution because of their strict system. Later he completed his secondary education from another military institution in Ibara, Abeokuta Nigerian Navy Secondary School.
Later he went to Lagos State University to pursue his graduation in mechanical engineering but withdrew from the university due to several student strikes and irregularities.
He was first introduced to music through harmonica, which was given to him by his brother. After the death of his brother, D’Banj found solace in playing his harmonica, which reminded him of his brother. His college days made him realised the power of music, using which he pleased many girls.
He went to UK, where he met songwriter Don Jazzy, who was also struggling at that time. Together the pair decided to move to Lagos and initiate their own music. In 2004, D’ Banj released his first single ‘Tongolo’ which was sponsored by his mother. His single gained him an endorsement deal with Power Fist.
He released ‘No Long Thing’ his debut album in 2005, whose lead single ‘Tongolo’ turned out to be a breakthrough hit which instantly brought him to fame. Followed by this success, he released his second album ‘Rundown Funk U Up’ in 2006, which also gained critical and commercial success. He released ‘The Entertainer’ in 2009 marking his third album.
In 2011, G.O.O.D Music signed with his record label Mo’Hits which was started by D’Banj and Don Jazzy. In 2016, he declared its separation and Don Jazzy established Marvin Records. In 2012, he was signed by Sony Music, for a multi album with Kayswitch as a songwriter and D’Banj’s record label DB Records.
Net Worth of D’Banj
The singer is fuelling his fortune in multiple ways, be it his music career, endorsement deals or business modules. The net worth of D’Banj is estimated to be $32 million. He makes millions every year through his media companies and stage performances. The Nigerian singer is known to make millions out of his surreal stage performances and appearances. He uses his popularity and status to bring attention towards the condition of Nigeria, for this he was praised by Jim Yong Kim, World Bank chief. His music is a fusion of Afropop and Afrobeat, which uses humor and enthusiasm to represent a deeper meaning for documenting Nigerian struggles.
The Nigerian like to ride in luxury as he owns three $70,000 Toyota Prado Jeeps, $320,000 dollar Bentley and a $240,000 Aston Martin Vantage.
He has also endorsed brands like Globacom. In 2014, Beats by Dre announced him as their official African ambassador. Later in 2015, he was named Ciroc Nigeria’s official African ambassador. Currently the African ambassador serves as the face of SLOT, which is a popular mobile phone company. All of his deals reflect why he is considered the richest Hip Hop Nigerian artist. The singer is the owner of MCOMM Ltd and D’ Kings Men Media Limited.
He works on youth and peace Development through his Koko Foundation. He is also named as the Youth ambassador for peace by United Nations. He released a song ‘Cocoa Na Chocolate’ with numerous other artists to support agricultural investments. His video of ‘Extraordinary’ was his initiative to spread awareness on Gender equality and women empowerment. This song is used as a song of women awareness by the World Bank endorsement.
He has been in the music industry for over a decade now, and is considered one of the best Nigerian artists. Not only is he a good singer, but also uses his power to spread awareness and help others. He is opening the doors for another Nigerian artist by carving his name in the race to international fame.