All you need to know about Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly know as D’banj Let’s take a look at his Biography, Nationality, Career, Age, Net worth, Family
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, better known by his stage name D’banj, is a Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, lawyer, entrepreneur and television personality.
He is popularly known worldwide as the “Koko Master”. He was born on 9th June, 1980 in Zaria, Kaduna State in the northern part of Nigeria. He is currently 41years old. He is very creative, wealthy and talented.
He is originally from Ogun State in the western part of Nigeria. His father is a military officer who commanded an artillery regiment in Nigeria. D banj was expected to follow his father’s military career and was enrolled to the Nigerian Military School in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
D’banj completed his primary school education and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After completing his primary school education at the Nigerian Military School in Zaria, D’banj proceeded to Nigerian Navy Secondary School in Ibara, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing his secondary school education, D’banj proceeded to Lagos State University to study Mechanical Engineering but decided to quit his studies due to consistent strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the university. He decided to complete his studies as a mechanical engineer in London, United Kingdom.
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 parent’s approval, this can be best heard through an album track, All Da Way from his debut album.
Following the death of his 17-year-old brother, D’banj arranged all his possessions on his bed after they were brought home and just picked up his harmonica. “I’d play it to remember him.” Later, at university, he realised the potential of his new skills with the instrument. “I’d go to the female hostel after lectures, and even if there was no electricity I could play there.” He remembers learning Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” after Titanic came out – “and that got me a lot of girls!”
In Uk 2001, D’banj met Don Jazzy who was trying for a breakthrough as a songwriter and producer. D’Banj started hanging around the studio, making ends meat while working as a security guard. “It was OK, because I did nights,” he says, “so I could listen to music on my headphones.”
Don Jazzy told Kokomaster he thought he was a star in the making, and sensing that the music scene in Nigeria was “blossoming”, the pair returned to Lagos in 2005. That same year came the single “Tongolo”; the video was paid for by D’Banj’s mother. It became an instant hit, and gained wide acclaim across the country. His first endorsement was with an energy drink called Power Fist. As a tribute to his mentor Fela, D’banj uses a fusion of Afrobeat and Afro-Pop 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.
In 2005, 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. Same as 2006, D’banj’s second album Rundown Funk U Up, was released and yielded several singles including the club single, Tongolo (Remix), and the lead single Why Me?. This proved to be another hit.
In 2007 & 2008: D’banj, as an artist of Mo’ Hits Records, is also a member of its collective group, Mo’ Hits Allstars includes artists Dr SID, Wande Coal, KaySwitch, and D’Prince. He has once been spotted with one of Nigeria’s most talented singers, “Smile Lasisi”. The collective’s debut album, Curriculum Vitae, was released in December 2007. It included hit singles, “Be Close To You”, “Booty Call” and “Move Your Body”, which was the lead single. D’banj was featured in Ikechukwu’s 2008 hit, “Wind Am Well”. 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’s G.O.O.D Music record label as an artiste. On 9 June 2011, He congratulated himself on Twitter for the successful Tongolo with his brother. 7 years later, Mo’Hits signs with GOOD Music. Best Birthday gift ever. God thank you.
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. Speaking on the importance of the deal to Sony, the managing director of Sony Music Entertainment, Sean Watson, said: “Partnering with D’Banj is a seminal event for us at Sony Music Entertainment Africa. We’ve always admired his talent and to be able to assist with bringing D’Banj’s music to millions of fans, established and new, across the continent is an honour for us. We are very excited about being a part of it.”
The deal was described as a “Pan African, multi-album deal with Sony Music’s RCA Records. It also involves an exclusive management deal with Sony Music and strategic partner ROCKSTAR4000 for the continent. Add to that a multi-album, worldwide exclusive contract with emerging Nigerian singer-songwriter star Kayswitch and a strategic partnership with D’Banj’s Nigerian record label DB Records”.
Dbanj has twins as siblings,Taiwo and Kehinde Oyebanjo is the wife of Oladotun kayode of cool fm(DO2TUN) while Kehinde is the popular singer also known as former Mo’hits accountant who turned-boutique owner in Victoria Island.
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.
In June 2018, Dbanj and Lineo Didi Kilgrow, his wife, had mourned the loss of Daniel Oyebanjo III, their one-year-old son. The toddler was reported at the time to have drowned in the pool in the singer’s home in Ikoyi, Lagos. Recalling the tragic incident, Dbanj said God has replenished him by blessing him with not one but two children.
D’banj is the founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development. He was also Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace. Dbanj is a One campaign ambassador who released the song “Cocoa Na Chocolate” in support of agriculture investments.
D’banj has won 29 times and was nominated 87 times so far.
D’banj is among the richest artists in Nigeria. His net worth is estimated to be about Billions of Naira.
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