Banky W’s surprise birthday party on Tuesday March 27, 2012 at The Grotto in Victoria Island, Lagos brought out a large number of A- list entertainers.
With so much love from fans on twitter, facebook and elsewhere, and a guest list that included Akon, Psquare, MI, Tiwa Savage, Kel, Ini Edo, Skales, Toolz and others, the R&B giant and EME Chairman had a time of his life!
“Even when I gbagaun, I don’t get half as many mentions as this ooh…. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes… God bless” the singer said to his fans on twitter, earlier in the day.
Before The Grotto surprise party put together by his friends, Banky told journalists in Lagos he plans to dedicate more of his time to “helping young talents grow and do all I can to make the journey easier for talented young people out there trying to build a career in music”.
“As I grow older, it’s becoming very important for me to play my little part in developing this industry; to play my own role in empowering our youths, and in extension, the nation. I’ll be happy if I can help more and more upcoming talents escape the hurdles I passed through while coming up. Everyone sees Banky W, Wizkid, 2face, Psquare or D’banj – but people forget that for each one of us that makes it, there are dozens others who fell by the way side; most of them could have made it if only they got more support. I made it to where I am because of the love and support from the media, my label, fans, promoters and my family. I think it’s my responsibility, to make sure I support those coming behind. That’s what I’ve done with Wizkid. We’re working on Skales now, and many more are on the way”.
Banky W’s protégé WizKid was missing in action from his mentor’s “Lagos party”, but he had a good reason- he was away in America having series of sit downs and focused discussions with prominent African-Americans and promoters ahead of the forthcoming EME tour. “Happy Birthday to my big bro, Banky W. God bless you more Wizkid wrote in a Twitter shout out to Mr W.
Banky W’s third Nigerian album titled R&BW is expected later this year.