Banky W returns with Final Say
Younger fans of the Nigerian Music could be forgiven for not being too familiar with singer Banky W. This is because, in recent years, Mr Capable has successfully diversified into acting, marketing, activism, philanthropy, restaurants, ministry and even mainstream Politics.
One could argue that today, he would be just as recognised for his filmmaking (Wedding Party, Sugar Rush, Up North), Entrepreneurism (Sooyah Bistro, or EME-the Media Agency) or any one of his other initiatives, as he once was for the art of making beautiful music. But that’s why many fell in love with him in the first place.
Banky W, the singer who gave fans classic songs like Yes/No, Lagos Party and Strong Ting, who actually launched the careers of some of Nigeria’s biggest artists, producers and personalities, disappeared from the music scene. It had been years since he dropped his last album, Songs About U in 2017. The work was more of a long-love-letter-playlist to his wife, Mrs Adesua Etomi-Wellington, than an actual album. In fact, fans feared that he might have retired his music making days for good.
While they were appreciative of all that he represents to Nigeria and its young people, many wondered if Mr Capable would ever resurface. Apparently, he only needed a life-changing event to inspire him enough to get back in the booth.
On Adesua’s birthday, the Wellingtons thrilled millions of their fans and once again broke the Internet (similar to their surprise engagement announcement in 2017) by announcing that their first child had been born a few weeks earlier.
They explained that their baby boy, Zaiah was their gift from God and an answer to their prayers.
“God had the Final Say”, Banky said. “And I don’t know what you’re praying or hoping for, but I do know that God is still in the business of answering prayers, and if you can trust Him, nothing is impossible.”
In line with the good news, the couple also announced the release of Final Say, the first single from Banky’s forthcoming sixth full-length studio album titled The Bank Statements. Co-written by Banky and Henry ‘Maytronomy’ Enebili, and produced by Cobhams Asuquo, the simple-but-astonishingly-beautiful video was directed by Oladayo Odunaro, and features a glowing, stunning 6-month-pregnant Susu and Banky, as they dance and celebrate Zaiah’s imminent arrival together.
With uplifting lyrics, beautiful melodies, and Banky’s classic, smooth vocal delivery, Final Say is that rare type of song that would fit right in at a party, on the beach, or even in church.
As Banky himself said, “the song and video are sure to put a smile on your face, a pep in your step, and a glimmer of hope in your heart.”
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