D’Banj showed off his swag in this uniquely
designed sequined two-piece jacket said to be worth
over a whooping one million naira!
He wore it the 2013 Hennessy Finale which took
place on Saturday 19th October 2013 at the Federal
Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
A lot of people are criticizing both the outfit and its price. What’s your take folks?
Word on the street and blogosphere is that This “Koko Garri” was one of the
souvenirs given at a wedding on Saturday (don’t ask if
I was the one that collected it, lol).
Seriously, we all Know ”Mo Hits” as a label is no more, so now who owns the GARRI franchise since it carries Mo’Hits as Labeled owners as well as Mo’Hits contact info and website……just wondering.
D’banj shared these photo on his instagram page with the caption below after getting a customised sneakers from popular ltalian designer Giuseppe Zanotti. Muse Alert.
In a recent interview, D’banj talked about his
career, Genevieve Nnaji & Don Jazzy.
The ‘Tongolo’ singer talked about Genevieve in
great length, suggesting that he still had a thing
for her, and even confirmed it later.
“Apart from the fact that she is my friend, she
has been a part of my success. There is no
way you are going to tell my story that
Genevieve’s name will not come up because
she featured in my biggest song of all time,
Fall in Love. So if E True Story comes to
Nigeria to interview me, she will definitely be
called upon to tell my story.”
“I would love to have Genevieve as my wife.
We never can tell what God plans for us in the
future. I have studied her and I realised that
anyone that has her as his woman has found
himself a treasure. Just like the Bible says,
any man who finds a wife, finds a good thing.”
The G.O.O.D music signee has plans to celebrate
10 years in the industry next year and is
thankful for a successful career.
“My career is barely 10 years old. But with the
success I have achieved so far, it feels like
three decades already. Within my first 10
years as a musician, I have recorded the
biggest song and shot the most viewed music
video of all time, ‘Oliver Twist’. I must say I
am humbled and getting ready to take over.”
He however didn’t forget to mention old friend
Don Jazzy, who he says is a key part of his
If I say I don’t miss Don Jazzy, I am lying. I
have spent the better part of my career with
him. I was married to him in a way (laughs).
So I miss everything about Mo’Hits: the family,
the movement, and the vibe of being in the
studio with him. I miss the jokes and the
arguments, but I have since keyed into the
notion that nothing can stop a moving train.
“Nevertheless we can always do music
together. The track, ‘Top of the World’ was
produced by a Grammy Award Winner. The
songs ‘Finally’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me Nonsense’
was produced by my producer while ‘Oliver
Twist’ was produced by Don Jazzy. So, why
won’t I have him on my 10 years anniversary
D’banj, Olamide, Flavour Vie For Video Of The Year At Nigerian Music Video Awards [Full NMVA’s Nominee List]
The nominee list has been released for the 2013
Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA’s), and it seems to be
a hot battle for the top award, Video Of The Year.
Olamide, Flavour, D’banj, Sound Sultan &
Chidinma are all contesting for the award.
A major talking point though is the absence of
P-Square from the nominee list.
Check the list out below.
Video of the Year
1. Flavour – Ada Ada
2. Olamide – Duro Soke
3. Sound Sultan – Natural Something
4. D’Banj – Don’t Tell Me Nonsense
5. Chidima – Emi Ni Baller
Best Afro Hip Hop Video
1. Ill Bliss – I Am Sorry
2. Splash – Church Agbasa
3. Olamide – Durosoke
4. MI – Chairman
5. Phyno – Man of the Year
Best Hip Hop Video
1. Eedris Abdulkareem – I Go Whooz You
2. Pryse – Eleto
3. Boogey – Sanctum
4. Ice Prince – VIP
5. Yung6ix – First Class
Best Afro Pop Video
1. D’banj – Don’t Tell Me Nonsense
2. Sound Sultan – Natural Something
3. Goldie – Miliki
4. 2face – Blood on the dance floor
5. Alabai – Ogbanje
Best Dance Hall/Reggae Video
1. Davido – All of you
2. Waje – I wish
3. Patoranking – Alubarika
4. Orezi – Rihana
5. Vector – Follow Me
Best Pop Extra Video
1. Chidima – Emi Ni Baller
2. Kcee – Limpopo
3. Solidstar – Skibo
4. Davido – Gobe
5. Harrysong – Im In Love (Remix)
Best Gospel Video
1. Ada – Bobo Me
2. Henrisoul – Blow My Mind
3. Amaray – Oke Mgbidi
4. Kefee – Celebrate
5. Solomon Lange – Yabo
Best R ‘n’ B Video
1. Jennifer – Ifunanya
2. Capital FEMI – Capital F.E.M.I
3. Pelli – The One
4. Nosa – Always Pray for You
5. Banky W – Yes/No
Best High Life Video
1. Flavour – Ada Ada
2. i-Mike – Adure
3. Wizboy – Halima
4. Dr. Victor Olaiya ft 2face – Baby Mi Da
5. Iyanya – Jombolo
Best Afro Beat Video
1. Starboy – Caro
2. Black Magic – Confam
3. Henry Knight – Shako
4. Burna Boy – Run My Race
5. MGabriel – Eruku Lau Lau
Best Contemporary Afro Music Video
1. Xproject – Azuka
2. Dammy Krane – Xteristics
3. Sheyman – Paper
4. Skales – Komole
5. Jaywon – Catch Me If You Can
Most popular Nigerian Music Video in Europe
1. Dizzy – Jekin Jekin
2. Tipsy – Tin Geh Geh
3. Moe Logo – Pangolo
4. Dola Billz – No Gocking
5. Spice Vision – Today na Today
Best Indigenous Concept
1. Tillaman – Ori Owo
2. MGabriel – Eruku Lau Lau
3. Flavour – Ada Ada
4. Shola Alyson – Ife
Best use of animation
1. DJ Sose – Obulu
2. Ketchy Dons – Closer n Closer
3. T-Sleek – Ma Wo mi
Best use of costumes
1. Flavour – Ada Ada
2. Dipp – Balance for Me
3. D’Prince – Goody Bag
4. Tiwa Savage – Without My Heart
5. May D – So Many Things
Best use of Choreography
1. Iyanya – Jombolo
2. Timaya – Ekoloma Demba
3. TIV – What’s The Matter
4. Banky W – Yes/No
5. D’banj – Don’t Tell Me Nonsense
1. EME Records
2. Marvin Records
3. Chocolate City
4. Kennis Music
1. Clarence Peters
Most Promising Director
1. Unlimited LA
5. Paul Gambit
1. Mattmax for Don’t tell me Nonesense by
2. Unlimited LA for Confam by Black Magic
3. Sesan for Sexy Mama by Inyanya
4. Clarence Peters for Durosoke by Olamide
1. Ajeh for Alubarika by Patoranking
2. Squareball for Church Agbasa by Splash
3. Matmax for Don’t Tell Me Nonsense by D’banj
4. Clarence Peters for Durosoke by Olamide
5. Mr. Moe Musa for So many thinz by May D
Best Use of Visual Effects
1. Iyanya – Sexy Mama
2. Sound Sultan – Natural Something
3. Ice Prince – VIP
4. Morell – Oxygen
5. Danas – My Melody
Best Video By A New Act
1. Sean Tizzle – Shole
2. Mystro – This Kain Love
3. Charas – Gbege
4. Sym19 – Fine Baby Girl
5. Outrageous – Am In The Mood
Best Soft Rock/Alternative Video
1. Black Magic – Repete
2. Dazzle Ra Amen – Chinekem
3. Ese Peters – Omote
4. Shola Allyson – Ife
5. Timi Dakolo – Great Nation
Best Music Video by a Minor
1. Choco Girl – Ayo
2. G Girl – Young Shall Grow
3. Mya K – My DJ
4. Ozzybosco – Tinini
5. Whitney Wonder – Africa Unite
Kokomaster, Banga Lee latest album D’King’s Men was reviewed by JON CARAMANICA for The New York Times Friday, September 13. Read the Review below;
D’Banj is one of the great African pop stars of the past decade, a charming singer but, more important, a savvy showman. For years, this Nigerian singer was at the center of the Mo’ Hits
Records stable, but now he’s struck out on his own with a new label and the compilation “D’Banj Presents DKM (D’ King’s Men)” (DB/G.O.O.D./Sony).
It’s an alluring contemporary pop album with an emphasis on king-sizedance music, like the militarily efficient “Don’t Tell Me Nonsense” and the flash of last year’s excellent smash hit “Oliver Twist.” D’Banj is also a savvy synthesizer of the old
and new Africa, as on “Nous les Meilleurs (We the Best),” a duet with the Congolese singer Fally Ipupa. But really, D’Banj has his eye on the world;
he’s signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, and the lovely “Scape Goat (The Fix)” features what’s certainly the most cheerful version of Mr. West you’ll hear this year, or any year.
For the Soundcity Nokia Lumia party that held 2 nights ago in Lagos Civic Centre, D’Banj stepped out in grand style.
He wore Jon Buscemi’s luxury, high quality shoe which features a full grain Italian leather upper that comes equipped with 18K gold plated detailing on the ankle strap with a working lock and clochette.
The shoe will set you back over 700 dollars (about 120,000 Naira to be exact).
Channel O, in association with Forbes Africa, presented a list of the Top 10 Most Bankable African Artists.
Their list was put together using factors such as endorsement value, popularity, show rates, Sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in newspapers, investment, social media presense, Influence and so many other factors.
Here’s who they say is making bank and who is talking smack!
1. AKON – CEO of Konvict Music, opened doors with other African artiste
2. DON JAZZY – Producer. CEO Mavin
Records, Influential producer, MTN, Samsung and Loyal Milk endorsements. D’Banj, Kanye West,
Beyonce and Jay Z on production credit
3. P SQUARE – Music Duo. Featured on Forbes Africa twice, sold out concert, presidential guest in at least 5 African countries.…
4. D’BANJ – Music Artiste. International music brand, GOOD Music and Sony Entertainment deal
5. WIZKID – Music Artiste. EME artiste, Starboy CEO, affiliation with Disturbing London, several international collaboration, highest paid Pepsi
ambassador in Africa, ambassador of MTN
6. 2FACE IDIBIA – Music Artiste. 10million discand at least 7million digital sale, multiple ambassador, one
campaign… associated with Guinness, Haven Homes, Airtel Worldwide and philantropist – 2face
7. ANSELMO RALPH – Sony Music Artiste, Samsung and Coca Cola ambassador, Angola prince, Perfume line, clothing label….
8. SARKODIE – Rapper. Presidential youth ambassador of Ghana, Sark clothing, Samsung ambassador, fan milk Ghana
9. ICE PRINCE – Music Artiste. Six million downloads, 2 studio owner, one foundation member, Plug N Play
ambassador, Zamani foundation
10. BANKY W – Music Artiste. Co owner EME, Samsung Ambassador, Philanthropist, multiple
award winner and Speaker at Oxford University’s Pan African Conference.
Davido’s sister, Sharon Adeleke got married in far away Miami to her boo,
Yomi Ademefun. It was a star studded event with the likes of Billionaire
Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, D’banj, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, May D and a host of others in attendance.
See pictures below….
Word on the blogosphere is that Rapper Olamide has reportedly dropped manager Tony Nwakalor cos the YBNL chief was dissatisfied with Tony Nwakolor’s dedication to his career, with the latter reportedly paying more time to D’banj who he
He is now reportedly being manged by a female who goes by the name of Racheal.
Nwakalor who now runs 1805 Entertainment and Olamide started working together in August, 2011 after the rapper stopped working with his
former manager, Toni Payne.
Wedding Bells Chiming: Taiwo Oyebanjo, D’banj’s Younger Sister & Cool FM’s Dotun Release Wedding Dates + PHOTOS
Sometime in December last year, there was rumour about a planned wedding between Cool FM’s Dotun and Taiwo Oyebanjo (D’banj’s younger sister).
Although Taiwo was quick to silence blogs by denying the claims via Twitter, he soon confirmed the
authenticity of the rumor on Sunday, 17th March 2013 when he asked the pretty Taiwo to marry him (pic below)which she obviously said YES to.
Taiwo Oyebanjo is an accountant and the CEO of Victory Ford International, a women’s clothing boutique and koko master, D’Banj‘s sister while Dotun is an on-air-personality (radio presenter)
at Cool FM.
Taiwo and Dotun’s wedding will be taking place on the 27th of July and 3rd of August, 2013. Save the Date and Await more details. They really are a handsome couple (if I could say so myself).
Word on the Street is that telecoms giant Etisalat in a bid to compete favouably with Glo (having Artists like P-Square and M.I) and MTN (who recently signed on Iyanya, Wizkid and Praiz) have opened their cash books and signed Eja Nla himself, D’banj a.k.a Koko Master a.k.a Mr Endowed to a deal worth a wooping sum of N250million.
The deal is expected to be announced
officially soon so I guess we can begin to expect more $25,000 suits from D’banj……
D’banj rocked his stage with Olamide, Kaywsitch, Naeto C, South Africa’s
Mafikizolo, Congolese superstar Fally Ipupa and American rapper 2 Chainz (Including a couple of Nigeria’s biggest acts) on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the DKM Concert in Lagos hosted by comedian AY Makun and media personality Toolz….. See photos below.
Naija’s very own 2Face Idibia and Don Jazzy in a show of brotherhood donated a totalled 2.5 million naira (1.5 mil from 2face and 1 mil from Don Jazzy) for the Kidney Transplant required to save the life of fellow singer
OJB Jazreel who having found a donor needed 16 million naira ($100,000) for the transplant surgery. Although it is speculated that a group of Nigerian
musicians are currently organizing a Fund Raiser/ charity concert for OJB, individuals interested in helping OJB can pay their widow’s mite (or the opposite) anonymously (or not) into
his UBA account detailed below….
Here is a day old fan’s comment on the matter prior to 2face and Don Jazzy’s donation. And I quote “If Wizkid can damage a #50Million Porche Panamera
car in less than 2 months, If D’Banj can wear a #3Million suit just for a show, If Davido can refer to a #10Million endorsement deal as chicken
change, If P-Square can buy just a property for #400 Million, If Don Jazzy can pop a $1.5Million champagne
And the many others…
Why can’t they put heads together and donate just $100,000 (#15Million) in just 24 hours?
Its obvious there’s beef in the industry.
If all these big artistes don’t save OJB JEZREEL with their money, God
punish anyone who goes to studio to produce “Tribute to OJB’.
Of course the celebs have a choice to do whatever they like with
their money. However, coming on twitter and making cheap “we pray and
support u” publicity is totally insulting! Is it we that we are hustling to make a living that would donate 16 million naira? We are talking of a life here! This OJB is someone i have never met in my life but when I heard that he produced the mega-hit, “African Queen”by Tuface, I was shocked! What would it take anyone of them to stand up and
take up the challenge and get people to donate for his surgery (even if you
have industry beefs)! Hundreds of thousands of entertainment
lovers will want to support with 500 or 1000 naira.
We keep complaining of government all the time (of course most
of the leaders are outright political robbers cos there should be medical plan in place like its done in other countries without u and I or even any celeb dropping a dime…that’s an issue
for another day)
What a life!”
Just stumbled across this open letter on 360nobs that has gone kinda viral on naija social media platforms addressed to 33 year old musician D’banj from a concerned and well meaning fan…. Read and don’t forget to drop your thoughts as comments. Dear Oyebanjo, Dapo Daniel AKA D’Banj, I am seated at a local restaurant here at the university town of Nsukka, in Enugu State, Nigeria, drinking a bottle of Fayrouz and listening to the sound of the generator, which is the only source of electricity around here.I have watched your latestmusic video. I went through the rigour last night. It is the video of the song entitled “Don’t Tell Me Nonsense” and it was awfully disgusting, the song, I mean. Kaffy and the rest of the dancers didn’t disappoint in the video.
This is bad, I know, using awful and disgusting, in same sentence. But that is what I feel about what I saw. Brother, D’Banj, a lot has changed since you left your brother and hustle partner, Ajereh, Michael Collins AKA Don Jazzy. Truth. Your songs have been nothing but trash. I wonder if anyone has said anything nice to you since you started making songs outside Don Jazzy. If they have, it must have been for that singular hit song entitled ‘Oliver Twist.’ Kai! That song swept through Nigeria and the rest of the world. You would not believe that the ordinary child on the streets of Nsukka knows the lyrics of that song and the dance steps too.In Nigeria, there are plenty factors that weigh us down. One is our inability to manage our weaknesses. I see you have been buying yourself expensive jewelleries.
The other day, I saw on a blog that you wear a wristwatch worth my entire family and maybe inheritance. I commend your taste. You are a lucky and hardworking man. You deserve it, besides; ‘Oliver Twist’ made marks. It took the Nigerian music to a height that had never been seen in recent times. Its toping charts, downloads, Youtube views and itunes purchases are amongst the few things I can mention.Dear, D’Banj, Don Jazzy may not be an ideal partner, I bet you, no one is an ideal partner! Perfect couples quarrel and make up. It is the joy of having such union. I believe misunderstanding is part of us, as humans.
I will run to the zoo the day I see a union that agrees on almost everything.Back to your music, Ifeel Don Jazzy was made to make good music with you. He may not only be your producer, but whatever input, from advice, to production, will go a long way. Besides, he has been miserable too, without you. I have seen his eyes in music videos. There is one he did with Tiwa Savage. Ah, Tiwa. She looked dazzling, while Don Jazzy looked wanting and dispirited. Tiwa may have a perfect voice but Don Jazzy has not been able to achieve what he did with you. The other boys, K-Switch, Wande Coal and the goody bag crooner, D’Prince are unfortunate learners. They must be stark illiterates to have taken sides when you guys parted.
I understand their ignorance. But my concern here is, if you wish to stay relevant in the sight of Nigerians, making good music, and not caressing a stripper on stage on your birthday, then you have to make amends with Don Jazzy and understand that people argue because they are beneficial to themselves.
Only dummies agree on everything. I think tribalism had a lot to play in your split. It is a sad reality, if I am right. Tribalism will eventually destroy Nigeria. Our young people think they belong to a superior tribe and so make silly comments which sometimes bring about misconception and then crisis. I once had a boss, who is Igbo, who felt my tribe’s men were lazy, just because she came to my state and saw a job and was privileged to be a high ranking staff. I have had people who think those from the north should be gatekeepers and cobblers.
Someone called me a militant once in Abuja, at the Sheraton, when he discovered I was from the Niger-Delta. I forgave his gross stupidity. I think we should drink a cup of water when ignorant people say rubbish about our personalities or flaws and relate it to tribe. You are a great young man, D’Banj. Few people have attained the height you have. I am encouraged to pursue what I am currently pursuing because I know I will triumph. Your likes and that of 2Face Idibia, despite your weaknesses are heroes. And you must recall that Kanye West met you because he had heard good stuff from you. When nothing good manifests, he may be forced to give you a new job description at Good Music, which may be mopping of the floor of the studio. This evil will not befall you.
If you believe it, type amen. D’Banj, pride is the worst enemy of any man who wishes to last longer anywhere. A drop of arrogance may work, but pride is detrimental. You were called the ‘entertainer’ because you offered entertainment. Today, Inyanya, Kcee, Flavour, Wizkid and Davido are doing better. Imagine Burna-Boy, chai, that boy has some senses oh. His music, even when he is talking nonsense makes you want to sit and listen or dance to it, as the case may be. The only person that is yet to outshine you is my dearest sister, Tontolet Dike. That girl needs Jesus. I have to go back to my drink. I paid for it and it is almost missing me. I enjoy your struggle or hustle, as you may choose to call it. I wish to hear something profound from you. While awaiting that miracle that only you can perform, I wish you the very best of life.
Your admirer,Nwilo bura-Bari Vincent@saintvinny
Naija entertainer extraordinaire; D’banj, who only recently hired 1805 Entertainment‘s Tony Nwakalor popularly called Mr T currently managing Tonto Dikeh and rumored DKM member Olamide is set to paint Lagos red with a 5-star DKM concert celebrating his recent globally felt achievements in the entertainment industry with his Naija fans and to herald the launching of his DKM album set for release later this year.
Venue- Eko Hotel and Suites Date 23rd of June, 2013 Featuring appearances from Fally Ipupa (DRC), 2face Idibia (Nigeria), Olamide (Nigeria), 2Chainz (USA) and DB Records acts KaySwitch, JSol, JSleek and a host of other scintillating Artists.