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My Dad was an Orphan, My Mum born to a single Mother – Banky W

My Dad was an Orphan, My Mum born to a single Mother – Banky W

Popular Nigerian singer, songwriter, and filmmaker, Banky W has revealed some shocking details about his background. Announcing his candidacy for the Eti Osa House of Representatives under the Modern Democratic Party (MDP), Banky W says that all wasn’t glittering at first for him.


In 1981, I was born to a father from Lagos, and a mother from Cross Rivers both of whom struggled and were it not for the Grace of God, had no business receiving University educations abroad. My Dad was an orphan. My mother’s story was not much different. She was born in Calabar, to a single mom, she was sent off to live with her relatives in Lagos.
Speaking further on how his parent managed to give him a good educational foundation, Banky W said:
Neither of them grew up in particularly fortunate circumstances… but they held on to a set of beliefs that I have since inherited.
In 1985, our family returned to Lagos. Like most families with a limited income, sacrifices had to be made. My parents realized at that time, that they couldn’t afford to rent a nice flat AND send us to a good school at the same time – it would be one or the other.
And so we attended Corona Primary school in Ikoyi, while we lived on the ground floor flat of a sinking building in Akoka, Yaba. We were classmates with children of the rich by day, and playmates with children of the street by night.
I remember during the peak of the raining seasons, our flat would literally get flooded and come up to about the knee level, and so Momsie would wake us up early to scoop water in buckets out of our home, before heading off to school and work.
He says he is hopeful that all those years of struggles have built and prepared him to take on bigger challenges in life and career. Banky W will be bringing all his managerial experience to the table if he eventually wins the Eti Osa HoR seat.


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