D'Banj Biography: Rape Allegations, Age, Education, Family, Children, Career, Songs, Awards, Businesses, Philanthropy, Endorsements, Controversy, Net worth - Updated, 8th June 2020

The Koko Master of music & his journey in the industry

By  | Jun 08, 2020, 12:56 PM  | D'Banj  | Top of The

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The Koko Master, as many would refer to him has had a very interesting and fruitful journey in the music and entertainment industry. D'banj has worked so hard to get the international artist title. 

Making music that resonates not only with African fans but music that has allowed him to steal the hearts of international fans too. He has worked with the likes of Kanye West, Big Sean, Snoop Dog and many others. 

Here's D'Banj's biography.

D'banj Rape Allegations

A woman went public with allegations that Naija superstar D'banj raped her two years ago in a hotel room.

The woman who goes by the Twitter handle @seyitannn claims she decided to tell her story when she was triggered by a social media post made by the singer condemning rape.

D'banj posted that people should be able to raise their boys the right way teach them to love and respect women and say no to rape.

Reacting to the post, the woman detailed the event that happened in late December at the Glee Hotel in Lagos following an all-white party which D'Banj was reportedly attending at another hotel; the Eko Atlantic.

However, D'banj responded to the allegations through his lawyers and is adamant that this was just a ploy to tarnish his image.

Read the statement here.

D'banj Age

Born on the 9th of June, 1980 in Zaira. He is 39 years old.

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D'banj Early Life

D’banj is a name the musician gave himself as his stage name. The musician's real name is Oladopa Daniel Oyebanjo. He is a descendant of his military officer father and his mother who is a devoted church warrior and a businesswoman who is from Shagamu in Ogun State. 

D’banj found himself moving throughout Nigeria and they later moved to England. As many expected him to follow his father's path, he was enrolled to the Nigerian Military Academy at the age of 11, but he was pardoned as he kept resisting to be part of the military 

During his three years at the military academy, D’banj was a member of the elite drum band which was regarded the best at the Nigerian Army. He proceeded to further his studies at the Military owned institution Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara. 

D'Banj later on furthered his studies at Lagos State University where he wanted to obtain a degree in Mechanical Engineering but couldn’t complete due to constant strikes and several irregularities which occurred at the university. He decided to withdraw with plans of studying in the UK.

D'banj Marriage

D'banj is married to Lineo Didi Kilgrow.

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The two got married in 2016, and their marriage was regarded to be secret by so many as the duo didn't announce it until the birth of their baby boy, Daniel III. 

The couple unfortunately lost their baby boy at their residential pool where he drowned. However, the couple was blessed yet again in 2019, with another baby boy. It seems D'Banj is really enjoying all the time with him and the daddy duties as well. 

D'banj Career

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D'banj was introduced to the harmonica by his late older brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who unfortunately lost his life in a plane crash at age seventeen. D’banj also lost his father in the same plane crash. 

When they lived in the UK, D’banj was fortunate enough to Meet Don Jazzy, and they both had passion in common for the music. In 2004, they returned to Nigeria and started their music careers and it wasn’t long until their first attempt was a remarkable success. 

The musician was under Mo’Hits records, in 2005 when he released the song Tongolo which was used in some of the political campaigns by giant political parties in the country. He released his second studio album, Rundown Funk U Up which followed the success of the initial album. 

D'Banj then released other albums, 'The Entertainer' and 'Bother You'  which came as an inspiration for Chamamanda Adichie’s award-winning movie, Half of a yellow sun.  The musician collaborated with Kanye West to produce his album, Good Music in 2011, which included the hit song. 

He had an opportunity to perform his song, Top of the world at the 2013 African Cup of Nations which was held in South Africa. The musician had performed at the Hackney Weekend in celebration of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The event had celebrities such as Jay-Z and Rihanna perform there as well. 

D’banj has also worked with the american veteran rapper, Snopp Dogg for Mr Endowed remix. D'banj has also collaborated with Akon, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Fally Ipupa and Tinie Tempah. His music video, 'Oliver Twist' was the first African music video to hit 20 million YouTube views and topped the UK singles chart in the year 2012.

Also read: Davido's Biography 

D'banj Awards

As a rookie in the game, D’banj won the Most Promising Male Artist award in 2005 at the Kora Awards. The award was well-deserved as the artist went back to work on his craft and had everyday improvements. In 2006, he won the Best Newcomer Award at the Channel O Music Video Awards for the banger Tongolo. 

D’banj released his second studio album in 2006 and it included the hit single, Why Me and the song's music video included the receipt of the 1 out of 3 nominations he had received for his Channel O Music Video Awards nominations which followed in 2007. 

At the 2011 Nigerian Entertainment Awards, he was also nominated for the Best Use of Effects.

The musician kept on reaching greater heights as his single Mr Endowed won the Most Gifted Male Video award and was nominated for the Most Gifted Video of the year at the Channel O Music Video Awards. It was later nominated for the Best Afro Pop Video category at the Nigeria Music Video Awards.

D’banj released a compilation which included Oliver Twist in 2012, which was initially released as a single. He won the Most Gifted Male Video and Most Gifted Video of the Year awards at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards.

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It furthermore won Song of the Year award  and was nominated for Best Pop single category at the 2012 The Headies.  D'Banj was nominated for the Best Male West Africa nomination for Hottest Single of the year in 2012 at the Kora Awards. D’banj has a total of 29 wins and 87 nominations in his 15 years of being in the music industry. 

D'banj Philanthropy

D’banj is the founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development as an organisation to keep the youth out of the streets and provide educational background, psychological support and helping the youth find themselves at a young age.  

As an artist who focuses on addressing socio-economic matters through music, D’banj was applauded by the World Bank Chief, Jim Yong Kim for using music and socio-status to educate society and bringing into attention the seriousness and speciality in agriculture which Africa needs to focus on to to curb the rise of poverty. 

The World Bank Chief said in his interview, “I had the pleasure of meeting D’banj last month and seeing him perform. I’m thrilled he is the first artist to take part in our new Music4Dev series encouraging global artists to raise awareness about poverty and related issues.”

The musician released a video of Extraordinary awareness  which was aimed at raising awareness on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. The music video was endorsed by the World Bank as a song for women's awareness. 

D'banj Brand Endorsements

On the release of his first studio album. D’banj earned his first endorsement from an energy drink company, Power Fist. The musician was officially named the Ambassador for the Bank of Industry (BOI) ambassador, in May. Later in 2013, he re-signed a multi-million Naira deal with Globacom, which is a company he had stopped working with in 2010. 

As the artist was gaining global attention, he secured a deal with Heritage Bank, in June 2014. D’banj was named the official ambassador for Beats By Dr. Dre, in October 2014 and he started his 2015 by being named the official African Ciroc of Nigeria. 

In partnership with MTN Nigeria and the Bank of Industry, D’banj’s D’kings Men Media which is a creative talent platform that was set up to help discover young creatives in Nigeria. It was reported that the platform had over 2 million subscribers and hundreds of talents were discovered, in the music industry alone, before including other realms in creativity. 

D'banj Net Worth

D’banj has been involved in the music industry and is still active. He is currently estimated to be worth $2 Million.

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This is through his contribution in the music industry throughout Africa and the brand endorsements he has been receiving since his debut album.

The artist is solely focused on creating great hits for his fans. His work has also helped establish his international status and more brands keep wanting to work with him.

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