Banky W was born in the United States to Nigerian parents, but moved back to Lagos Nigeria when he was five years old. He began singing in his church choir at the age of 8. He attended Home Science Association Secondary School, and moved to New York to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for a degree in Engineering.He is signed to his own record label, Empire Mate& Entertainment. He has also signed up artistslike WizKid, Skales, Niyola, Shaydee and DJ Xclusive to the Empire Mates Entertainment family.In 2003, he released The EP Undeniable in 2003, his debut album, and quickly followed it up with Back in the Building in 2005, which included the hit song, My Regret.In 2008 he relocated to Nigeria, after the completion of the album, MrCapable.
In December 2009, Banky W released his second album in Nigeria, The W Experience. His awards include Best R&B Artiste - Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2006, Best International Album - Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2007 for Mr Capable, Best R&B Video - Nigerian Music Video Awards 2008 for Dont Break My Heart, Best Vocal Performance (Male)- Hip hop World Awards 2009 for Dont Break My Heart R&B Single of The Year - 2010 Hip Hop World Awards for Strong Ting, City People Entertainment Awards 2010 R&B Singer of the Year, City People Entertainment Awards 2010 Music Video of the year for Strong Ting , Soundcity Music Video Awards 2010 Best Music Video (Male), Soundcity Music Video Awards 2010 Best R&B Singer,Channel O Music Video Awards 2011 Most Gifted R&B Male Video.