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In this piece, platinumpost.ng chronicles the biography, family, education, career, and net worth of D’banj.

 

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Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, better known by his stage name D’banj, is a Nigerian singer and rapper and a co-founder of Mo’ Hits Records with producer Don Jazzy.

 

He is also known as the Kokomaster or Bangalee.

 

He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.

 

Oyebanjo adopted the stage name D’banj, a combination of his first name, Dapo, and his surname, Oyebanjo.

 

D’banj is best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist”, an uptempo dance fusion of Afrobeats and electronic dance music that topped the African charts in 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching No. 2 on the UK R&B chart.

 

He said the year 2021 would be marked in Grand styles and he would release his album tittled “Ikebe” before the end of the first quarter.

 

He also shared a healthy rivalry with another Nigerian great artiste Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2Face or 2Baba which helped keep him on his toes to always create good music for years before he was signed to Kenya West G.O.O.D Music Record Label in June 2011.

 

FAMILY

D’banj, also known as the Kokomaster or Bangalee, was born on 9 June, 1980 in Zaria, the northern part of Nigeria, to a military officer who commanded an artillery regiment and a devout church dignitary businesswoman who hailed from Shagamu in Ogun State.

 

Dbanj has twins as siblings, Taiwo and Kehinde Oyebanjo.

D’banj married Lineo Didi Kilgrow in June 2016. He announced the birth of their son, Daniel Oyebanjo III, in May 2017; the child drowned in June 2018.

 

EDUCATION

D’banj then proceeded to study mechanical engineering at the Lagos State University, but due to the constant strikes and several irregularities in the school he decided to withdraw.

He decided to complete his studies as a mechanical engineer in London, United Kingdom.

 

CAREER

Following withdrawal from school, he plans to continue his studies as a mechanical engineer in London, when he arrived in the UK in 2001, and met Don Jazzy who was trying for a breakthrough as a songwriter and producer.

 

D’Banj started hanging around the studio, making ends meet while working as a security guard.

 

“It was OK, because I did nights,” he says, “so I could listen to music on my headphones.”

 

D’banj was introduced to the harmonica by his late older brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who died in a plane crash at age seventeen.

 

With D’banj’s love for music being greater than his parents’ military aspirations, he struggled for his parents’ approval.

 

As a tribute to his mentor Fela, D’banj uses a fusion of Afrobeat and Afropop to bring his music to life and into the 21st century with breathless enthusiasm as well as a good dose of humour.

 

His songs are based on his life, often hilarious but with a deeper meaning which documents the struggle of a young Nigerian trying to achieve his dreams.

 

 

He performs in Yoruba, English and Pidgin English.

 

D’banj’s debut album, No Long Thing, was released in 2005.

 

It yielded several singles with Tongolo as the lead single. This proved to be his breakthrough single and a hit.

 

It also provided his Koko Master persona, with the term, koko, taking on a variety of meanings.

 

D’banj’s debut success led to collaborations with other artists, including Dare Art Alade and Ikechukwu.

 

D’Banj’s single koko was used by the PDP (ruling political party in Nigeria) as its campaign theme for the 2007 general elections.

 

D’banj’s second album Rundown Funk U Up, which was released in 2006, yielded several singles including the club single, Tongolo (Remix), and the lead single Why Me?. This proved to be another hit.

 

July 2008 saw the release of D’banj’s third album, The Entertainer, with the singles “Gbono Feli Feli”, “Kimon”, “Olorun Maje” and “Entertainer”.

 

In June 2011, D’banj was signed to Kanye West G.O.O.D Music record label as an artiste.

In September 2016, it was announced D’banj was released from GOOD Music.

 

After several months of speculation and wild rumors, ace producer, Don Jazzy confirmed via his Twitter account the break-up of Mo’Hits.

 

After the break-up, Don Jazzy, D’Prince, Dr SID, Wande Coal started Mavin Records while D’banj founded DB Records and as expected, he signed his younger brother Kayswitch to the label alongside two producers, Jaysleek and Deevee.

In December 2012, D’banj signed a mega deal with Sony.

 

The forthcoming single “Bother You”, inspired by the film Half of a Yellow Sun, was released on 7 April 2013, by Mi7 Records and D’banj’s label DKM Media.

 

In June 2014, D’banj introduced artists under his record label, which includes him, younger brother Kay Switch, brothers MossKriss and Ralph Kriss and Tonto Dikeh, Ebeneztizzy.

 

In 2017, he released the album titled King Don Come, with guest features from the likes of Gucci Mane, Wande Coal, Harry Songs, Bucie, Busiswa etc. in August.

 

The album includes singles ‘It’s Not A Lie’, ‘El Chapo as well as his 2012 mega hit ‘Oliver Twist’.

 

In the year 2021, Dbanj released his album titled “Ikebe”.


CONTROVERSIES

In June 2020, after D’banj had posted to social media to “say no to rape,” Seyitan Babatayo accused him of raping her in 2018, saying she wanted to “[call] him out on his hypocrisy.”

 

Shortly after that, she went missing for two days, and while she was missing, posts made to her social media said the allegations had been a publicity stunt to support an upcoming D’banj single.

 

According to The Guardian, she was found with help from the NGO Stand to End Rape (STER).

 

In December 2022, platinumpost.ng had earlier reported that Dbanj was arrested by the EFCC over an alleged fraud allegations involving the N-Power Programme.

 

NET WORTH

As of the current year, D’banj‘s net worth is roughly US$30.1 million, making him one of Nigeria’s top 10 richest musicians.

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