Reekado Banks

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Reekado Banks
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Background information
Birth nameAyoleyi Hanniel Solomon
Also known asSpicy
Born (1993-12-06) 6 December 1993 (age 25)
Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2008–present
Associated acts

Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon (born 6 December 1993),[1] better known by his stage name Reekado Banks, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He signed with Mavin Records in 2014 and left the label in 2018.[2] He went by the stage name Spicy prior to his record deal with Mavin Records. Reekado Banks was declared Rookie of the Year at The Headies 2014,[3] and won the controversial Next Rated award at The Headies 2015. His debut studio album Spotlight was released on 1 September 2016; it debuted at number 10 on the Billboard World Albums chart.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Reekado Banks is the last child of a music-loving family. His father is a pastor from Ondo State and his mother is a caterer.[5] Moreover, his elder brother is a producer and his elder sister is a gospel singer. He grew up in a disciplinarian setting due to both of his parents being pastors. He completed his secondary school at the age of 14, and started recording his first set of songs in 2008. His elder brother produced all of his earlier songs and tutored him on the rudiments of singing, writing and producing. He derived the stage name Reekado Banks by combining the meanings of the two names; the former part of his stage name translates to "strong ruler", while the latter part loosely translates to "wealth".[6] In 2014, Reekado Banks graduated from the University of Lagos with a degree in history and strategic study.[3] He has cited Don Jazzy, 2face Idibia, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Olamide and M.I as his key musical inspirations.[7]

Mavin Records deal and artistry[edit]

His record deal with Mavin Records came as a result of his brother submitting some of his songs to the label in an online talent search. Reekado Banks got signed to Mavin Records after his entries were selected from over 5000 entries.[8] In an interview with the National Mirror, he said his brother submitted his songs and communicated with the label on his behalf without his initial consent. Reekado Banks also told the National Mirror he's a versatile artist who makes music with the thought that humans are different and have different taste.[6]

2014–present: Singles and Mavin Records departure[edit]

Reekado Banks premiered the single "Turn It Up" on 21 February 2014, which coincided with the day he signed with Mavin Records. The song features Tiwa Savage and was released as his first official single under Mavin Records.[9] Reekado Banks was featured on the critically acclaimed song "Dorobucci", alongside Don Jazzy, Korede Bello, Tiwa Savage, Di'Ja, Dr SID and D'Prince. [10] Reekado Banks also worked with some of the aforementioned artists to release three collaborative singles: "Adaobi", "Arise" and "Looku Looku". On 13 February 2015, he released the Don Jazzy-produced song "Katapot". It was alleged to be a diss track towards D'banj and Wande Coal. In February 2015, Don Jazzy debunked the allegations in a series of tweets.[11] While speaking to Vanguard newspaper, Reekado Banks said he created "Katapot" for his fans.[12]

In July 2015, Nigerian telecommunications company Globacom signed Reekado Banks to an endorsement deal.[13] On December 7, 2018, he announced his departure from Mavins Records after 5 years. He also announced the launch of his independent outfit Banks Music.[14]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Spotlight (2016)

Selected singles[edit]

Title Year Release date
"Turn It Up"
(featuring Tiwa Savage)
2014 February 21, 2014
(with Don Jazzy Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Korede Bello and Di'Ja)
May 1, 2014
(with Don Jazzy, Korede Bello and Di'Ja)
May 27, 2014
"Chop Am" August 8, 2014
(with Don Jazzy and Di'Ja)
September 20, 2014
"Looku Looku"
(with Don Jazzy Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Korede Bello and Di'Ja)
October 31, 2014
"Katapot" 2015 February 13, 2015
"Corner" July 9, 2015
"Sugar Baby" July 10, 2015
"Tomorrow" July 11, 2015
"Oluwa Ni" 2016 January 15, 2016
"Standard" June 5, 2016
"Spotlight" September 1, 2016
Easy (Jeje) 2017 July 29, 2017
"Kiss Me" July 29, 2017
(with Tiwa Savage and Fiokee)
December 6, 2017
"Pull Up" 2018 April 3, 2018
"Bio Bio"
(featuring Duncan Mighty)
July 9, 2018
"Blessings On Me" September 26, 2018

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Headies Awards / Next Rated (2015) – Won
  • Headies Awards / Video of the Year "Katapot" (2015) – Won
  • City people entertainment awards/ Most promising act to watch (2015) -- Won
  • Headies Awards / Best Album (2016) - Won
  • Headies Awards / Revelation Of TheYear (2017) -- Won


  1. ^ Wemimo, Esho (6 December 2014). "Mavin artiste turns 21". Pulse. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Stars to watch out for in 2015". Punch. 3 January 2015. Archived from the original on April 14, 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b Damilare, Famuyiwa (28 December 2014). "REEKADO BANKS:I like to do crazy stuffs and music makes it easy". The Nation. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  4. ^ Solanke, Abiola (15 September 2016). "Singer's "Spotlight" occupies number 10 spot on Billboard world album charts". Pulse. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  5. ^ Vanguard, Entertainment (23 April 2015). "I once worked as a bricklayer to survive -Reekado Banks". Vanguard Nigeria. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b Oluwadahunsi, Olawale (12 November 2014). "I do all genres of music -Reekado Banks". National Mirror. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  7. ^ Jayne Augoye; Peter Okeugo (18 January 2015). "I can't be distracted by ladies —Reekado Banks". Punch. Archived from the original on April 22, 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Reekado Banks Bio". Mavin Records. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Another Mavin Activated! Don Jazzy presents Reekardo Banks Feat. Tiwa Savage – Turn It Up". Bellanaija. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  10. ^ Otokpa, Regina (14 November 2014). "Dorobucci craze hits church". National Mirror. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  11. ^ Abimboye, Micheal (20 February 2014). "Don Jazzy says Reekado Banks' Kataput not dis at Dbanj". Premium Times. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  12. ^ Ige, Tofarati (22 March 2015). "I have three things no other artiste has — Reekado Banks". Vanguard. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Glo signs on 28 ambassadors; Mama G, Wizkid, AY, P-Square , Korede Bello top list". Vanguard. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Video: Reekado Banks Launches Record Label "Banks Music"". P.M News. 10 December 2018.

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