Empire Mates Entertainment

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Empire Mates Entertainment
Empire Mates Entertainment logo.jpg
Founded2002; 17 years ago (2002)
Defunct2018; 1 year ago (2018)
LocationLagos, Nigeria

Empire Mates Entertainment (abbreviated as E.M.E) was a Nigerian record label founded by Banky W and Tunde Demuren in 2002.[1] It was home to recording artists such as Wellington himself and Niyola. DJ Xclusive was the label’s official DJ.[2] Wizkid, Skales and Shaydee were all formerly signed to the label. Producers associated with the label include Masterkraft, Jay Sleek, Cobhams Asuquo, Spellz and Samklef, among others. On June 18, 2012, the label released its compilation album Empire Mates State of Mind.[3] In addition to establishing a record label, Banky W, Segun Demuren and Tunde Demuren established a production house, a publishing company known as Muzik Men Publishing, and a charity foundation known as the I-AM-CAPABLE Charity Foundation.[2][4] Banky W announced in February 2018 that E.M.E was dissolved as a record label; he said the label is now a talent management company focused on creative marketing, advertising, PR and brand events.[5]


Banky W and Tunde Demuren founded the record label in Albany, New York in 2002. During an interview with Beverly Bryan of MTVIggy.com, Banky W shed light on the formulation of E.M.E. He said he started E.M.E while studying at a local university in Albany. He also said he made money from singing to patrons of hair and nail salons in New York.[6] In 2008, Banky W established E.M.E in Lagos after relocating there. In 2009, he signed Wizkid as the first act to the record label. Skales was also signed to the label in 2009. DJ Xclusive, Shaydee and Niyola were all signed to the label in 2012.[7] In an interview with Toolz on Ndani TV's The Juice, Banky W spoke about the signing process for each artist on the label. He said he signed Niyola after hearing her sing in the bathroom at his sister's wedding. Moreover, he said he signed Shaydee after the singer opened for him at a show in Ilorin. Wizkid and Skales' record deals with EME came as a result of their musical exposure.[8]



On February 20, 2013, InformationNigeria.com reported that Wizkid was at war with E.M.E due to matters that pertain to contract negotiations. According to the website's source, Wizkid was getting 25 percent from every show while Banky W and Segun Demuren were getting 50 percent. Osagie, Wizkid's former manager, was getting the remaining 25 percent. After firing Osagie and hiring Godwin Tom, Wizkid wanted a 50-50 share with Banky W. The source revealed that Banky W refused to accept Wizkid's proposal. Moreover, it was reported that Banky W wanted to find a manager for Wizkid who would accept 25 percent. It was also alleged that things started getting sour as a result of both parties' disagreement. Furthermore, it was reported that Wizkid was doing three shows weekly and bringing in close to ₦24 million monthly.[9][10][11][12] Allegations about Wizkid's departure from EME kept getting coverage mainly because he (Wizkid) wasn't invited to Banky W's album launch party and wasn't featured on the R&BW album.[13] In the aforementioned interview with Toolz, Banky W broke his silence on the subject. He said the situation was not as violent as people made it out to seem.[8][14] Wizkid left the label following the release of his second studio album and expiration of his 5-year contract.[15]

Skales and Shaydee[edit]

On February 19, 2014, Nigerian Entertainment Today reported that Skales parted ways with E.M.E following the expiration of his contract. According to the report, both parties met and reached an agreement.[16] In May 2017, Shaydee announced his exit from the label following the expiration of his recording contract.[17]


E.M.E was nominated for Best Record Label of the Year at the 2013 City People Entertainment Awards.[18]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2013 City People Entertainment Awards Best Record Label of the Year Nominated


Artists still signed to the label when it dissolved[edit]

Act Year signed Releases
under the label
Banky W 2002 5
Niyola[19] 2012

Former artists[edit]

Act Year signed Releases
under the label
Wizkid 2009 2
Shaydee[20] 2012 1


Year Information
2003 Banky W. - Undeniable (EP)
  • Released:2003
  • Singles:
  • Certification:
2005 Banky W - Back in the Building
  • Released:2005
  • Singles: "My Regret"
  • Certification:
2008 Banky W - Mr Capable
  • Released:2008
  • Singles:
  • Certification:
2009 Banky W - The W Experience
  • Released:2009
  • Singles:"Strong Ting", "Feeling It"
  • Certification:
2011 Wizkid - Superstar
2012 Empire Mates Entertainment - Empire Mates State of Mind
  • Released: June 18, 2012
  • Singles: "Baddest Boy", "Dance for Me", "Get Down Tonight", "Ko Mo Le", "Sun Mo Mi", "Don't Delay Me (Don't Go There)", "Change"
  • Certification:
2013 Banky W - R&BW
  • Released:February 14, 2013
  • Singles:"Yes/No", "Good Good Loving"
  • Certification:
2014 Wizkid - Ayo
  • Released: September 17, 2014
  • Singles: "Jaiye Jaiye", "On Top Your Matter", "One Question", "Joy", "Bombay", "Show You The Money"
  • Certification:
2016 Shaydee - Rhythm and Life
  • Released: November 25, 2016
  • Singles: "Pon Da Floor", "High"
  • Certification:


  1. ^ Victor Okpala (21 February 2018). "EME Shuts-down Operation As A Record Label: Read Banky W's Statement". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
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  3. ^ "Empire Mates State of Mind by Various Artists". iTunes. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
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  7. ^ "Nigeria to Host Empire Mates' Concert". Olamident. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
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  9. ^ "REVEALED: The Real Reasons Why Wizkid Left EME To Float StarBoy Records". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
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  15. ^ Showemimo, Dayo (1 September 2014). "Wizkid confirms he's FINALLY set to leave E.M.E". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  16. ^ Alonge, Osagie (19 February 2014). "NET Exclusive: Skales bows out of EME as contract expires". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  17. ^ "With EME exit, singer's fate is in his hands now". Pulse Nigeria. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  18. ^ Aiki, Damilare (19 June 2013). "Ice Prince, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Sarkodie, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Yvonne Okoro, Tonto Dikeh & BellaNaija Nominated for the 2013 City People Entertainment Awards - See the Full List". Bellanaija. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  19. ^ "EMPIRE MATES ENTERTAINMENT (E.M.E) SIGNS NIYOLA". Hiphopworldmagazine. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  20. ^ ""Thanks for all I've learnt from you" – Shaydee wishes Banky W happy birthday as he announces exit from EME". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2017-03-28.