Popular Nigerian singer, Olubankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W has revealed why star artist, Wizkid left his record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) in 2014.
The singer was answering a question on a radio show hosted by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu about his (Banky W’s) relationship with Wizkid and their spinoffs.
The 41-year-old singer, who is a co-founder of EME, signed Starboy in 2009 where he released the classic popular song, “Superstar” in 2011.
Banky W said it was a lack of communication as well as Wizkid’s desire to go further on his own that led to their misunderstanding,
He said, “As for when he stopped being on the label, it was the lack of communication that caused this war. At the time, I think he started dreaming bigger and just wanted to be in control of his own form, his own destiny, and there was a lot of chatter around him; people say this, say that.
“And I remember I called him one day and said let’s talk about it. And he came and we lay (sic). I said ‘I’ve heard a lot of things and you and I are in this kind of relationship where we just talk, so tell me what you want. If you want to get off the label, I’m not the kind of person who will stop you or sue you, I know some labels have done similar things.
“He said he wanted to start his own team, EME was great for him and he was grateful, but he kind of wants to take it to the next level, doing it his own way.
“And I said no problem, if you want to go, you will leave with my blessing and I will never try to force you or say that you have to stay with us.”
Wizkid was as of February 2021 the most streamed Nigerian artist of all time on Spotify, with over 3.4 billion streams.
It has also been in the limelight this year after being nominated for Best Global Music Album and Best Global Musical Performance at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards for its Made in Lagos Deluxe Edition and ‘Essence’ respectively. .