What Motivated Banky W To Enter Politics?

Banky W making a speech/Vanguard
Banky W making a speech/Vanguard

Nigerian singer Banky W is one of the candidates vying for positions in the 2023 general elections. On Saturday, February 25, 2023, he will be hoping to beat off opponents and win the House of Representatives seat for the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency in Lagos State.

Nigerians first knew Banky W as a singer with hit songs like “Ebutte Metta,” “Yes/No,” and a few more. He would transition into acting and appear in popular Nollywood films like The Wedding Party, Up North, and others. He has now turned politician and is vying for a federal legislative seat despite failing at his first attempt.


Many Nigerians have wondered why the singer, actor, and entrepreneur chose the line of politics. In a 2022 interview with Arise TV, Banky W disclosed his motive for joining politics. The “Feeling It” crooner noted that his quest for good governance pushed him into politics.

A poster of Banky W/Twitter @BankyW
A poster of Banky W/Twitter @BankyW

Banky said:

“As long as I have been relevant in the art world, music, film and as a small entrepreneur, I have always been very vocal about the need for good governance and the need for young people to participate in politics… For me the message started to change from just raising awareness via activism and advocacy to saying that we have to start moving from protests to power.’’

The thespian also noted that there is a great need for the right minds to start channeling their energy towards winning political positions and influencing change.

He said:

“We have to start taking this energy and channeling it towards getting like-minds into government and using that consensus of like-minds to get a change,” Mr Wellington said…So, we need to start focusing on the National Assembly, the Senate and House of Representatives, and the States House of Assembly.”

It remains to be seen if Banky W will win and join the likes of fellow Nollywood actor Desmond Elliott in holding leadership positions.

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