D’Banj : Nigerian Breakthrough Artist

Megastar, Songwriter and businessman D’banj was born in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria to a military officer in an artillery regiment on 9 June 1980. D’banj is his stage name and his real name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo. After dropping out of military school, he completed his secondary school education from Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, and Abeokuta.

D’banj’s musical interest began when he was gifted a harmonica by his older brother who died at the tender age of seventeen. His musical breakthrough came when he met Don Jazzy in The UK, 2001 who was an aspiring songwriter and producer. They did a single song named ‘Tongolo’ in 2004. His debut album was ‘No Long Thing’ in 2005.

In the most recent couple of years, D’Banj was apparently the most popular Nigerian artist alive. More than seven years, he continued producing hits and straddled the music scene like a monster. He uses Afro-beat and Afro-pop based on his life’s struggle.

His second album was ‘Rundown Funk U Up’ in 2006. Moreover, he was marked to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record name as an artist in June 2011. This Multiple Pan African and International Award Winner signed a mega deal in December 2012 with Sony. The single ‘Bother You’ was released on 7 April 2013. D’banj introduced artists like K-Switch, Tonto Dikeh etc under his record label in 2014.

Over the years, he has been doing various endorsements too. For example, In November 2013, he signed a multi-million Naira deal with Globacom. In October 2014 and In February 2015, D’banj was named the authority African representative for Beats by Dr. Dre and the authority African envoy for Ciroc Nigeria accordingly. D’banj is the originator of Koko Establishment for Youth and Peace Advancement. He is likewise Nigeria’s initially United Countries Youth Diplomat for Peace apparently.

D’banj is featured on Zimvibes afrobeat station.