D'banj - Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo Biography / Profile

Oladapo Daniel popularly known as D'banj, The Koko master, Eja Nla, Skibanj or Banga lee was born to a Nigerian military officer who commanded an artillery regiment and a devout church dignitary buisnesss woman who hails from Shagamu in Ogun state.

His brother, Dayo Oyebanjo who died at the age of 17 taught D'banj how to play the harmonica which he kept on playing after Dayo's death ''To remember him''   

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo Age

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo is 43 years old.

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo Early Life

D'banj who was expected to follow in his father's military career was enrolled into the Nigeria Military School at age eleven, however, he resisted the system and dis-enrolled from the school after three years, he proceeded into the Nigeria Navy Secondary school, Ibara Abeokuta where he completed his secondary school education. He then went on to Lagos State University to study Mechanical Engineering but had to withdraw due to constant strikes and several irregularities in the school. He moved to London to complete his studies in Mechanical Engineering but instead met Don Jazzy who was trying to make it as a songwriter and producer.

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo Career

His career as a musician kicked off when he travelled to the UK and met the JJC and 419 squad. Don jazzy and D'banj returned to Nigeria to form the Mo' hits group in 2004, releasing his first single "Tongolo" which was paid for by his mother. His first albumn was "No long thing" in 2005 and since then, he has remained one of the biggest music merchants in Nigeria music industry till date.

He released his second studio album in 2006 titled "Rundown Funk u up" and in 2008, released his third album "The Entertainer" with the singles like "Gbono Feli Feli", "Kimon", "Olorun Maje" and ''Entertainer" in the front line. In June 2011, Dbanj was signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D music record label as an artiste.

After the break up of the Mo' Hits crew in 2012, Don Jazzy, D’Prince, Dr SID, Wande Coal started Mavin Records while D’banj founded DB Records signing his younger brother Kayswitch to the label alongside two producers, Jaysleek and Deevee. he released "Oliver twist" in thesame year, which was an international chart topper.

in 2017, he released the album titled "King Don Come" featuring artistes from the likes of Gucci Mane, Wande Coal, Harry Songs, Bucie and Busiswa.

Apart from music, D'banj is also an actor, featuring in several short films including Kanye West's film "Cruel Summers".

He was ranked the fourth richest African Artiste in Africa according to list released in September 2013 by Forbes Africa and Channel O Awards.

he has been nominated for countless awards over the years some of which are -

  • Channel O Music Awards for Best Male Video" in 2007 for Why Me
  • Channel O Music Awards for Best African West Video" in 2007 for Why Me
  • MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Live Performer in 2008
  • MOBO Awards for Best African Act for the years 2007, 2008 and 2011
  • Channel O Music Awards for Best African West Video" in 2008 for Move Your Body
  • MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Male Artist in 2009
  • MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Performer in 2009
  • Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Music Video of the Year in 2009 for Suddenly
  • Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Hottest Single of the Year in 2010 for You Bad
  • Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Best Male Music Video of the Year (Artist & Director) 2010 for Fall in Love
  • MTV Africa Music Awards for Song Of The Year in 2010
  • Channel O Music Awards for Most Gifted Video Of The Year" in 2011 for "Mr Endowed Remix
  • Kora Awards for Best Male West Africa for Oliver Twist
  • Ghana Music Awards for African Artiste of the year in 2012 and 2013.
  • Channel O Music Awards for Most Gifted Duo/Group/Featuring Video in 2013 for Tony Montana (Bad Pass) Remix

Dbanj has numerous endorsments to his name, some of which include-

  • Power Fist (Energy Drink) in 2013
  • Bank of Industry (BOI) Ambassador in 2013
  • Globacom Ambassador in 2013
  • Heritage Bank Ambassador in 2014
  • Beats by Dre (African Ambassador) in 2014
  • Ciroc Nigeria (African Ambassador) in 2015
  • SLOT (Brand Ambassador) in 2015

He is affiliated with  the Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo Personal Life

In 2016, D'banj secretly married his then girlfriend Didi Lineo Kilgrow at a low key ceremony both in Lagos and Abuja much to the shock of his fans who had thought he would end up with Genevive Nnaji who he obviously eulogized. In 2017, they welcomed a son, Daniel Oyebanjo the Third.

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Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo Awards

  • Most Promising Male Artist at KORA all Africa Music Awards in 2005
  • Best Newcomer at Channel O Music Video Awards in 2006
  • Artist of the year at the Nigeria Music Awards in 2006
  • Hottest Single of the year 'Why Me' at Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2007 
  • Artist of the year at the Global Excellence Awards in 2007
  • African Artist of the year award at the Ghana music Awards in 2007 
  • Best African Act at MTV Europe Music Awards in 2007
  • Artist of the year at MTV Africa Music Awards in 2008
  • Listeners choice at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2008
  • Musician of the year at the Furture Awards in 2008
  • Artist of the Year at MTV Africa Music Awards in 2009
  • Best International Act at the 2011 BET awards
  • Best African Act at the MOBO Awards in 2012
  • Channel O Music Video Awards  “Most Gifted Duo/Group/ Featuring Video” for "Tony Montana (Bad Pass) Remix Naeto C ft Dbanj" in 2013
  • Best Selling African artist at the 2014 World Music Awards
  • Evolution Award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Award 

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