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DBanj Artiste Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo Nigeria

BIO: DBanj

Here is a popular Nigerian singer, songwriter, also a harmonica player, and now recently became a very prominent businessman.

Dbanj was born in Zaria Kaduna State, northern Nigeria, D’banj’s dad was a military officer and his Mum a church dignitary who’s from Shagamu in Ogun State. His stage name D’banj was adopted from the combination of his first original name Dapo and then his surname Oyebanjo.

D’banj got introduced to harmonica by his elder brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who is now late, Femi died at the age of seventeen in a plane crash. He was enrolled in a military elementary school at the age of 11 but dis-enrolled from the school after 3 years, he however enrolled in another military {Nigerian Navy secondary school, Abeokuta} in Ogun State, Nigeria where he completed his secondary education.

Dbanj’s professional music career actually began,in 2001, when he travelled to the UK and met the JJC & 419 Squad and D’banj was initiated into the group alongside Don Jazzy. Don Jazzy and D’banj later broke out of the group to form Mo’ hits group.

Life story about D’banj changed when he got the much needed break into the Nigerian music scene when he released his first album- No Long thing in 2005 and since then D’banj has remained at the fore front of the Nigerian music scene. His follow up albums include Rundown/Funk you up in 2006 and “The Entertainer” in 2008. His 2010 singles “Mr Endowed” and “Scapegoat” are on every music playlist across the continent of Africa.

In 2012, Dapo ‘D’banj’ Oyebanjo split from the Mo Hits Record crew and joined the G.O.O.D Music family under Kanye West and was signed to Mercury Records, an imprint in the UK under the Mercury Records Group of Universal Music UK.

D’banj is a founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development. He is also Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace. Other achievements include:

Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007

Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2008

Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009

BET Awards of 2011 for Best International Act; Africa

MTV EMA for Best African Act in 2012

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