D’banj’s marks his 34th Birthday: A Recap Of His Accomplishments
Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo (popularly known as D’Banj) is a
Nigerian singer/songwriter, Harmonica player and an
entrepreneur. He was born June 9, 1980 in Zaria in the
northern parts of Nigeria to a military father and a
He attended Nigerian Military School and later, the Nigeria
Navy School Ogun State where he was a member of the
school band. In 1999, D’Banj went on to study Mechanical
Engineering at the University of Lagos.
His passion for music was fuelled after he lost his
military pilot trainee brother to a plane crash and he
inherited his Harmonica. Unlike his military dad, D’Banj
relocated to the United Kingdom where his pursuit for his
love of music began.
Dapo adopted the stage name D’Banj, a combination of
his first name “Dapo” and his last name “Oyebanjo”. His
debut album “No Long Ting” was released in 2005 and
included the hit lead single “Tongolo”.
D’Banj was a former member of Mo’Hits Records under
the production of Don Jazzy. Their collective debut album
“Curriculum Vitae” was released in December 2007,
followed by “Entertainer” in June 2008.
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 and BET Awards of 2011 for Best International Act:
Africa and more.
A chance meeting with Kanye West on a plane lead to his
signing onto Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music and Mercury in
the U.K His hit single “Oliver Twist”, an up-tempo dance
fusion of Afrobeat and electronic dance music went on to
top the African charts 2011 and was also a top 10 hit in
the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching #2 on the UK R&B
chart. D’Banj also signed a strategic partnership with
Sony Music Entertainment’ RCA Africa label in a bid to
change the business and face of music all across Africa.
He was also appointed Nigeria’s first UNITED NATIONS
YOUTH AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE.
His recent singles some of which include “Top of the
World”, “Finally”, “Don’t Tell Me Nonsense” all of which
rose to be top of the charts both in Nigeria and the rest of
Africa. He very recently recorded a soundtrack to the
movie “Half of a Yellow Sun”, an adaptation of the novel
by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie and released the
video in January 2014.
In recent times D’banj has been active in the area of
Agriculture by partnering with African Union and Musician
& Activist BONO’s through the ONE Organization to
champion the Agriculture Industry in Africa for 2014. Dbanj
has become a strong advocate for Agriculture and has
been been declared an ambassador of Agriculture by the
Ministry of Agriculture in Nigeria.
In May 2014, Dbanj won an award in the category of ‘Best
Selling African Artist’ at the World Music Awards in
Monaco where he performed alongside Maria Carey, Miley
Cyrus, Flo Rider and more.
2014 marks Dbanjs 10th year in the Entertainment
Industry. Stay tuned for Events, Perfomances, Awards,
Technology, Agricultural Project and more.
Here are few D’banj facts:
· Dbanj is known to have found and signed everybody
that belonged to the one time popular record label ‘Mo
Hits Records’ consisting of major artists such as Wande
Coal, Dr. Sid, Prince, K-Switch etc.
· In 2004, he won the KORA Awards “Most Promising
Act”, his first major award since the start of his career.
· In 2007 Dbanj was appointed as the United Nations
Youth Ambassador for Peace. He led a strong rally in
Portharcourt to promote peace at a time in which there
was unrest in Rivers State. After the Rally and meeting
with then Governor of Rivers State, the curfew, which had
been in place, was removed.
· In this same year (2007), Dbanj won ‘Africa Artist of
the Year’ MTV Europe Music Awards. He also won this
same award in 2011 and in-between that won Best Male
Artist in 2008 and 2009 at the MTV Africa Awards.
· In 2008 D’banj became the first Music Ambassador
to be signed to GLOBACOM; making GLOBACOM the first
Telco to endorse Nigerian Artists.
· D’banj went on to become the first Nigerian Artists
to do an International collaboration that was officially
released, giving the Nigerian Entertainment Industry
major recognition with international talent and brand (“Mr.
Endowed,” featuring Snoop).
· In 2011, he went on to win the Best International Act
BET Awards, a major accomplishment for D’banj.
· In 2012 Dbanj hit yet another milestone with the hit
song “Oliver Twist” recorded and released in Nigeria with
over 23 million views on VEVO. Oliver Twist topped the
African Charts and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles
chart in 2012 reaching #2 on the UK R&B chart.
· The year 2013 has been a strong year for the
Superstar. In May, he was appointed as a Creative
ambassador for the Bank of Industry. He performed at the
Mandela Charity Event in South Africa, Hit track “Top Of
The World” became the theme song for the Africa Cup of
Nation, which was eventually won by the Nigerian Super
Eagles. Dbanj also performed at the Africa Cup of
National Finale in front of 92,000 people and 6 Billion
Viewers World Wide.