What is Reekado Banks real name? When was Reekado Banks born? What are the interesting facts from Reekado Banks biography? Find the answers to all these and other questions you might have about this Nigerian star in this article.
Who is Reekado Banks?
Reekado Banks is a Nigerian singer. He is a songwriter and a recording artist. Reekado Banks is one of the popular artists signed to Mavin Records. His stage name was “Spicy” before he was signed to Mavin Records. His current stage name Reekado Banks has a strong meaning behind it. Reekado means “strong ruler” and Banks means “wealth”.
Reekado Banks picture
Reekado Banks real name is Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon. He was born on the 6th of December, 1993. He is from Ondo State, Nigeria. Almost every member of his family is into music. His older sister is a gospel singer while his older brother is a music producer. Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon was brought up in a very disciplined environment. Both his parents are pastors. At the age of 14, he graduated secondary school. Reekado Banks is a graduate of the University of Lagos. He has a B.Sc. degree in History and Strategic Study.
Reekado Banks in a video of a song
Reekado Banks started his music career in 2008. He recorded his first set of songs. They were produced by his elder brother who also taught him the basics of writing songs, singing, and producing. But most of his works at that time were relatively unpopular. He came into the spotlight in 2014 after he was signed by Don Jazzy to Mavin Records. He got the deal after his songs were selected from over five thousand songs submitted to Mavins Record in an online search for the latest talent.
He will always be grateful to his brother because he was the one who submitted some of his songs into the quest. Speaking in an interview, Reekado Banks said his brother sent the songs and was in contact with them on his (Reekado) behalf without Reekado Banks knowing about this. Reekado Banks also mentioned that he is a multi-talented artist who loves making different types of music because he believes people are different. And we all have different preferences when it comes to music.
Reekado Banks build his family a house.
Reekado Banks and family
Reekado Banks’ journey to the top was not a bed of roses. While speaking about his music career in an interview, he confessed that his journey to the top was not an easy one. He said after informing his parents about his plan to pursue a career in music, he had to work to earn some money for his first record. He sold blenders in traffic and also worked as a manual laborer at a construction site. During his days in the university, he was told by one of his lecturers that he will never achieve his dreams and was prevented from retaking a test he missed.
Reekado Banks credited his eventual success to God. He said no amount of hard work and sacrifices would have helped him achieve something this big without the grace of God.
The Mavin Crew
Mavin Records Crew
Reekado Banks released his first official single under Mavin Records, titled “Turn It Up” on the 21st of February, 2014. This was the same day he was signed by Don Jazzy to Mavin Records.
Art cover of Katapot
Other Reekado Bank’s songs and release dates:
• Chop Am, released on August 8, 2014
• Katapot, released on February 13, 2015
• Corner, released on July 9, 2015
• Sugar Baby, released on July 10, 2015
• Tomorrow, released on July 11, 2015
• Oluwa Ni, released on January 15, 2016
• Standard, released on June 5, 2016
His studio albums “Spotlight” was released on September 1, 2016. It has 21 tracks on it.
He has featured in a number of songs alongside other Mavins’ artists. These songs include Dorobucci, Adaobi, Arise and Looku Looku.
Reekado Banks at the headies award.
Reekado Banks awards
• 2014 Headies Award for Rookie of the Year
• 2015 Headies Award for Next Rated Artist
• 2015 Headies Award for Video of the year, “Katapot”
• 2015 City People Entertainment Award for Most Promising Act to Watch
Reekado Banks stars in a glo commercial.
Reekado Banks has an endorsement deal with Nigerian telecommunications company Globacom. He was signed as a Globacom brand ambassador in 2015 alongside some of his fellow Mavins Record artists.
We hope he will continue to enjoy good success and inspiration to drop more hit songs soon.