5 Things We Love About D'banj
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, known by his stage name D'banj, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, musician, entrepreneur and TV host.
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.
On the heels of his birthday celebration, he just announced his new album "King Don Come" which will contain 10 tracks with collaborations from Harrysong, Wande Coal and other unnamed acts.
As he celebrates his birthday today June 9, here are 5 things we love about "E ja nla".
1. Even when he is not releasing music, he remains relevant through his endorsements. In May 2013, D'banj was named the Bank of Industry (BOI) ambassador and in November of the same year, D'banj re-signed a multi-million Naira deal with Globacom, the company he parted ways with in 2010.
Still raking in endorsements, in June 2014, D’banj secured a deal with Heritage Bank, and in October of same year he was named the official African ambassador for Beats by Dre, while in February 2015, he was named the official African ambassador for Ciroc Nigeria.
Then in September 2015, D'banj was made the brand ambassador of SLOT, a popular mobile phone and electronic gadget retail outfit.
With all of this, D'banj is unarguably one of Nigeria's most endorsed celebrities.
2. D'banj is humanitarian. He is the founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development as well as Nigeria's first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace. He is also a ONE campaign ambassador and released the song "Cocoa Na Chocolate" in support of agriculture investments, with the song featuring 18 other African artists and winning Best African Collaboration at the All Africa Music Awards in 2014.
In 2015, he was applauded by World Bank Chief, Jim Yong Kim for using his music power and high celebrity status to bring attention to serious and critical issues in Africa with special focus on agriculture and poverty alleviation.
Still in 2015, D'banj released the video to "Extraordinary" to raise awareness on gender equality and women empowerment and World Bank endorsed the song in support of women awareness.
3. D'banj has influenced Nigerian lingo by coining words like "Koko", "No Long Thing", "Kokolet" and "Oshe" popular among the younger generation in Nigeria.
4. He supports the growth of creative talents in the Nigerian entertainment industry. In August 2016, D'banj's D'Kings Men Media partnered with MTN Nigeria and the Bank of Industry to launch THE CREAM PLATFORM, a creative talent platform that was set up to help discover young creative minds across Nigeria by just dialing a USSD code on a mobile phone.
It is reported that the platform, as at December 2016, had over 2 million paying subscribers and has discovered hundreds of talents from the music category alone, with tens of music videos and millions of Naira given out to winners.
5. He knows how to keep his private life very private. The day of his marriage to South African beauty, Lineo Didi Kilgrow was kept under wraps and the birth of his son started out as a rumor before he introduced his son, Daniel III, to the rest of the world.