I’m D’BANJ’, Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly known as DBANJ (a stage name that is a combination of the first letter of his first name and a part of his last name). D’BANJ is an extremely talented Nigerian singer/songwriter/musician who has become an International Superstar of the Afrobeat, AfroPop, Afrofusion music genre.
Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009 and BET Awards. A chance meeting with Kanye West on a plane ride will lead to a major business relationship in 2011 and what he calls “the best birthday gift” – his signing on to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label in the US and Mercury in the UK.
Inspired by the story of Charles Dickens’ orphan ‘Oliver Twist’, the danceable infectious single of same title was released in 2011 following the signing and it is still receiving a huge positive response. With a dance competition to the song of fans’ videos that went viral adding to the buzz; ‘Oliver Twist’ has so far sold about over 11 million records worldwide. It also debuts as number 9 on UK Top 10 National charts just behind the likes of Rihanna and Tulisa.
D’BANJ has worked with Snoop Dogg, Kanye, Jay Z, Kid Cudi, LA Reid, Tinie Tempah and Rio Ferdinand among others. D’BANJ is the founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development. He is also Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace. With his sex appeal, various music awards, continuous relevance in the music market with entertaining live performances and music productions, D’BANJ remains one of the most celebrated pop stars in Nigeria and on the international scene.