Award-winning Nigerian artist Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon popularly known by his stage name Reekado Banks is an Afro-pop artist, songwriter, and performer. Best known for his debut album ‘Spotlight’ which earned number 10 on the Billboard World Album Music Chart in 2016.
Reekado Banks Bio
Banks was born on December 6, 1994, in Lagos State, Nigeria. He is the last child of his family, his mother is a caterer while his father is a pastor and a native of Ondo State, Nigeria.
Reekado grew up with his parents and siblings in Lagos State. His elder brother is a music producer and his elder sister is also a gospel singer.
The youngster completed his secondary education at the age of 14 and also recorded his first song in 2008. He graduated from the University of Lagos in 2014, where he obtained a degree in History and Strategic Studies.
At the beginning of his music career, his elder brother produced all his songs and also tutored him on the basics of singing, writing, and producing songs. The star was also inspired by top musicians including 2face Idibia, M.I, Don Jazzy, Olamide and DJ Jimmy Jatt.
He has released many hit tracks including Turn It Up featuring Tiwa Savage (2014) and Dorobucci (2014). Others include Chop Am, Oluwa Ni, Katapot, Sugar Baby, and much more.
Let’s have a look at unknown buzz facts about the hot rising star in the Nigeria music industry.
10 Buzz Facts about Reekado Banks
1. His Elder Brother is Instrumental In His Success
This is not just a usual story but quite a unique one. Banks record deal with Mavin Records came as a result of his brother submitting some of his songs to the label in an online talent search without his consent. The young and talented musician was selected out of over 5000 entries and that earned him the record deal with Mavin Records.
2. His Former Stage Name Was ‘Spicy’
The talented youngster was formerly known by his stage name ‘Spicy’ before his record deal with Mavin Records was signed. He derived the name Reekado Banks from Reekado which means “Strong Ruler while Banks means “Wealth”
3. He Has Won Many Awards
The multi-talented artist at a very young age has won many awards including Rookie of the Year at The Headies 2014 and the controversial Next rated award at The Headies 2015. He also won City People Award for Promising Act To Watch in 2015.
His debut studio album, Spotlight, was released on 1 September 2016. It debuted at number 10 on the Billboard World Album Music Chart.
4. He Graduated With Second Class Lower Division
There’s this saying that talent is a natural endowment from God and not everyone has the same talent. It also applies to the youngster, he is actually excelling in his music career but he was not so wonderful in his Academics. The striking thing here is that unlike other artists that are dropouts, Banks was able to complete his education.
He completed his secondary school at the age of 14 and also graduated with a Second Class Lowers division (2’2) in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos.
5. He Came From A Music Loving Family
Reekado Banks came from a music-loving family. His family is blessed with talented musicians, two of his siblings are into music — his elder brother is a record producer and his elder sister is a gospel singer. His brother taught him all the basics of music before the young man turned into a star.
6. He Wants His Fans To Know What He Likes
Reekado is just an extraordinary guy. On March 11, 2015, he mentioned the top 5 things he would love his fans to know about him.
- He likes sugarcane
- Noodles are his best meal
- Best colour is black.
- He has just one tattoo, and it’s a tattoo of his name.
- He plays football and supports Arsenal F.C.
7. He Got His First Endorsement From Globacom Telecommunications Ltd
Reekado Banks is a brand ambassador for the indigenous telecommunication company in Nigeria Glo, a deal which runs into several millions of Naira, thanks to Don Jazzy’s connection.
8. He is an Expensive Commodity
His performance per show keeps soaring too, confirmed sources have it that Reekado Banks charges nothing less than N700,000 per show, though he still has a contract with Mavin records so this definitely would be shared according to the sharing formula stated in his contract.
As of 2017, the star has an estimated net worth of $600,000.
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9. He Never Stops Believing In Family
The family they say is everything. In 2015, Reekado bought a duplex for his parents, in appreciation for their love and affection in his life so far. In August that same year, Reekado Banks Moved into his own house, thanking God for his achievement and recounting when he used to use a pit latrine back while hoping someday he would use a toilet so clean that he could eat in it, what a dream come true!
10. He Received An Expensive Gift From A Fan
Reekado Banks just got a surprise gift from one of his fans on November 3rd, 2017. The ‘Jeje’ singer got a Mercedes Benz C300 from one his loyal fans who appreciate his music.
The fan, however, wrote on his Instagram page @Reekadobanks, he wrote “For the love of Mavin and Reeky’s jam, I decided to give this C300 to my bro @Reekadobanks before leaving Nigeria. God bless your music.”