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Nigerian Singer Banky W receives state recognition in New York. @BankyW


For his contribution to his community and successful career, R&B singer, Banky W, has been honored with Citation certificates by Eric L. Adams, the President of  the Borough of Brooklyn.

The ‘Strong Thing’ crooner who is currently in New York, made this known in the late hours of Friday, July 22, 2016, via his Instagram.

Banky W at Toolz and Tunde Demuren's wedding

Banky W at Toolz and Tunde Demuren’s wedding

In his post, Banky W shared details of his journey to stardom, and how he made an ultimate sacrifice of relocating to Nigeria, leaving his family in the United States.

This has however paid off, as he is now regarded as one of Africa’s top musician.

The singer wrote, “So earlier today, The President of the Borough of Brooklyn honored us with Citation certificates, for our contributions to our communities and for our career accomplishments.”

“Here’s the thing… in life, it’s important to find your purpose, and to trust God and believe in yourself as you work hard to chase it. Follow the path that leads to you fulfilling your destiny.”

“I lived in NYC for over 10 YEARS. And at the time, being on stage at a venue like the Barclay’s Center, or being honoured by the City Of New York, didn’t seem like something that was remotely possible. “

“But I felt like my calling/destiny was back home in Africa. I felt like the music grind I’d started… it just felt like Lagos was where I was meant to be. Even though at the time, my entire immediate family no longer lived in Naija and my parents couldn’t understand why I’d want to risk it all to go back there.”

The singer, who was formally based in New York was happy about being recognized for his career success.

The singer, who was formally based in New York was happy about being recognized for his career success.

The Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) boss used his experiences as a moral aimed at encouraging his followers to pursue their dreams.

According to him, if he could achieve such a feat, then anyone can.

“It took a while to make the decision, But I quit my Job in Engineering, bought a one way ticket and came back. And here I am, 7 years later, performing at and hosting the #oneafricamusicfest at the Barclay’s Center… being honoured by Brooklyn… I share this not to be arrogant.. but to tell you that truly, NOTHING is impossible. You can be all that you plan to be. If I could make it, you can too.”

“Your current position in life is only temporary. It’s like The story of Joseph in the Bible… he had to go all the way to Prison to make it to the Palace.. God did it for me, He can do it for you too. Who would have thought that I’d need to go all the way to Africa to make it to the “top” of NYC?“

“Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams. Impossible is not fact; it’s merely an opinion. As my boy @officialkingslee once shared with me.. even when it seems like things are falling apart, they can still fall into place. You can make it. I promise.”

Banky W on set

Banky W on set

Banky W began his good impression in the Nigerian music scene after doing a cover of Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ hit song.

He is a very talented song composer, who has won the John Lennon Song Writing Award in 2006 for his song ‘My Regret’.


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Sydney Chesterfield

Poet, Playwright, Philosopher, Humanitarian, mad lover of children and unflinching fighter for equality on all grounds viz. Women's rights, child rights, sine die.

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