DBANJ: MUSIC AND BEYOND.


Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (born 9 June 1981), known by his stage name D'banj, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and entrepreneur. He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.
D'banj was introduced to the harmonica by his late older brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who died in a plane crash at age seventeen. With D'banj's love for music being greater than his parents' military aspirations, he struggled for his parents' approval, this can be best heard through an album track, ‘All Da Way’ from his debut album.

Dbanj’s debut song was NO LONG TIN which was produced by Don Jazzy in 2005. It was his hit album which made him a famous named artist. In 2011, Dbanj signed with the international act Kanye West under the G.O.O.D. music record label after the separation between him and Don Jazzy who was his former producer.
In 2012 D'banj signed a mega deal with Sony, Speaking on the importance of the deal to Sony, Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Sean Watson said: "Partnering with D’Banj is a seminal event for us at Sony Music Entertainment Africa".

In June 2014 D’banj introduces artists under his record label, which includes himself, younger brother K-Switch, brothers MossKriss and Ralph Kriss and Tonto Dikeh.
With D'banj's first album came his first endorsement deal from an energy drink called Power Fist. In May 2013, D'banj was named the Bank of Industry (BOI) ambassador. In November 2013, D'banj re-signed a multi-million Naira deal with Globacom, the company he parted ways with in 2010. In June 2014 D’Banj secures deal With Heritage Bank. In October 2014, D'banj was named the official African Ambassador for Beats by Dre. In February 2015, D'banj was named the official African Ambassador for Ciroc Nigeria. In an exclusive story on Tush Magazine Issue 11, Banky W and Dbanj shed more lights on how they became Ciroc Ambassadors. In September 2015,D'banj was made the brand ambassador of SLOT, a popular mobile phone, and electronic gadget retail outfit.

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. Dbanj is a ONE Campaign Ambassador; he released the song "Cocoa Na Chocolate" in support of agriculture investments. 'Cocoa Na Chocolate' featured 18 other African artists and won Best African Collaboration at the All Africa Music Awards in 2014.
In 2015, he was applauded by World Bank Chief, Jim Yong Kim for using his music power and high celebrity status to bring attention to serious and critical issues in Africa with special focus on agriculture and poverty alleviation.

Dbanj is obviously the most influential artist in Nigeria on many international platforms, which has made and created a good reputation for Nigeria as a whole. He is a successful musician that has been able to live his dream and make multi millions from it.