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Banky W announces forthcoming album ‘The Bank Statements’

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Nigerian R&B singer cum politician, Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W has revealed that he has finished recording his forthcoming album.

Banky W who has not released a studio album since his 2013 cult classic ‘R &BW’, made this known during a conversation on the YouTube channel of Pastor Kingsley Okonkwo.

The singer revealed that the title of his next album would be ‘The Bank Statements’.

“I’ve taken some years off. I heard somebody once said that artists never retire; they just stop when they no longer have any stories to tell.

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“And I’ve just lived a lot of lives in the last few years that I have been quiet in the music scene. I have a lot of stories to tell, about love, relationship, about God, about country, about life,” Banky W said.

“I have recorded what I feel is a life about; it’s called ‘The Bank Statements’. If you think about your bank statement from January to December, it’s kind of a snapshot of your life.

“What is important to you, what you are spending on. If you look back to your bank statement of last year, it will just give you what your life is.”

Banky W further explained the concept behind the album, which has a song for every month of the year.

“So the album is called the Bank’s Statement one because it’s Banky’s statement and also conceptually, and there is a song for every month of the year,” he said.

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“So there is a January and December song because you have to start and end the year with God. There is a February song, which is Valentine’s Day so it is a love song to my baby.

“My birthday is March, so there is a turnup kind of song for my birthday. “The ninth song of the album is for our son because pregnancy takes nine months and it’s called ‘Champ Song’.
“It’s a very intentional, thoughtful, creative and powerful album. It’s actually my favourite record because now I can sing about love from a place of currently experiencing it.”

The 40-year-old former record label owner also spoke about the evolution of his former record label Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E. Music) from a record label to a media agency.

“E.M.E. stopped the record label business in 2017. We actually pivoted into a media and marketing agency. We work with corporates, influencers, advertisers,” he said.

“What people don’t know is that we are worth so much more as an agency than we ever were as a record label, even at the height of our success.”

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Banky W who was on the episode of Okonkwo’s YouTube show with actor Williams Uchemba, had a long conversation, as the trio discussed fame, family, and their faith in God as Christians.

“I’ve seen people chase fame till it kills them, money doesn’t change a man, it reveals him,” the singer said.

“That kind of captures my mindset with this fame thing. Fame is a drug, it’s as powerful a drug as any other substance that you can think of.

“These days you might not be addicted to cocaine, heroin or anything like that but we are all kind of addicted to our phones, and to Instagram and to likes and to showing off. Everybody is addicted to fame on some level.”

The singer revealed that his relationship with God has helped him manage fame better than his peers.

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“There is a God-shaped void in everyman. Fill it with God. Knowing God is really what has grounded me. Tiring to be extremely self-aware,” he revealed.

“The number one tool for me in coping with fame is remembering to stay humble, remembering that everything you have was a gift. It doesn’t belong to you, you are just in charge of it while you are here. Use it in service for others and in service to God.”

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Stop misleading younger generation – Deji Adeyanju slams Tiwa Savage

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Popular Nigerian activist, Deji Adeyanju, has slammed Tiwa Savage over her alleged sex tape, which leaked online and has since gone viral.

Recall that Tiwa Savage had earlier mentioned that someone was blackmailing her with a sex tape with her current boyfriend.

The short video, however, leaked online on Monday night and has since generated reactions from fans who encouraged her to stay strong to those who blasted her.

Adeyanju on his Twitter page said there is nothing to stand by Tiwa Savage, adding that she should face the consequences of her actions.

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According to him, Tiwa Savage is misleading the younger generation.

His tweets read: “There is nothing to stand by Tiwa Savage for. Let people face the consequences of their actions. Stop misleading the younger generation.

“Next time if you want to record a sex tape, make sure your partner’s face also shows. Stop acting the fool always.

“Why even make sex video in the first place? As per fantastic porn actor abi?”

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We arrested actress Tonto’s ex to help him regain his sanity

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Men of the Nigerian Police authorities at the Force headquarters in Abuja have disclosed the reason they arrested actress Tonto Dikeh’s ex-boyfriend, Prince Kpokpogiri.

He was arrested on Tuesday morning, October 19, after he reportedly bypassed Police authorities, took two police officers to an hotel where Tonto lodged and thr*atened to open fire at her if she did not hand over the keys of an SUV.

According to Vanguard, Kpokpogiri who is currently facing a pending investigation at Force CID, at a point became vilent and was allegedly raining inslts and c*rses on the Police officers while all entreaties for him to calm down failed.

Consequently, when the DIG in charge of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau, DIG Joseph Egbunike, was briefed about the conduct of Kpokpogiri, he ordered his arrest and the policemen that he came with.

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The Police told newsmen that his arrest is to enable him to regain his sanity after which he would be questioned on the issue about ownership or otherwise on the vehicle in question.

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Tiwa Savage’s alleged sex tape: Stop dating street boys

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Nollywood actress, Georgina Onuoha, has waded into the controversy surrounding the alleged leaked sex tape of Tiwa Savage with her boyfriend.

The short video, which appeared online on Monday night, has since gone viral and generated reactions and backlash.

Onuoha, via her Instagram page, advised black women to be careful and avoid dating street boys or thugs who have nothing to lose.

According to her, “A man who loves and respects you will never pick up the phone to record intimate moments.”

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She also advised women not to engage in acts that will embarrass their children or grandchildren, adding that the Internet never forgets.

Her post read: “Sex is a beautiful experience shared by two consenting adults. Dearest black beautiful women be careful.

“Don’t trade bedroom intimacy for online gratification. Remember someday we will all grow old and grey and our children and grandchildren will love to take pride in us.

“Live well, love accordingly the Internet never forgets. Let’s live a legacy that our will mii oh t embarrass our children and grandchildren.

“Stop dating touts, thugs and hanging around people who have nothing to lose.

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“Be wary of people around you who you call friends. The world and its people are wicked and becoming vile.

“Exercise caution in your escapades.”

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