FULL NAME: Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon
DATE OF BIRTH: 6 December 1993
MARITAL STATUS: NOT MARRIED
Reekado Banks, is a Nigerian singer, rapper and songwriter who came into limelight in 2014 after being signed to Mavin Records . He went by the stage name Spicy prior to his record deal with the aforementioned label. He was declared the Rookie of the Year at The Headies 2014. He has released and has been featured in several top hit songs of 2014/2015.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Reekado Banks is the last child from a musical family. His father used to sing and his mother used to dance. 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 graduated 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”. In 2014, Reekado Banks graduated from the University of Lagos with a degree in History and Strategic Study. He has cited Don Jazzy, 2face Idibia, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Olamide and M.I as his key musical inspirations.
He said that during his university days, a lecturer had told him he would never achieve his dreams after preventing him from retaking a test he missed.
His breakthrough came during a Mavin Records audition where he was chosen out of over 5,000 hopefuls. The dreadlocked act, now popular for his ballad “Katapot”, credited this triumph to God.
In his words, “There is no amount of sacrifice that was enough to get me something this big.”
He explains that he had to hawk blenders in traffic and work as a manual labourer at a construction site in a bid to earn some money to use for his record after he told his parents about his intention to pursue a career in music.
CAREER AND LIFE
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. Reekado Banks told The National Mirror that his brother submitted his songs and communicated with the label on his behalf without his initial consent. Reekado Banks also told The National Mirror that he’s a versatile artist who makes music with the thought that humans are different and have different taste.
Reekado Banks premiered the single “Turn It Up” on 21 February 2014, which happens to be the same day he got signed to Mavin Records; the song features Tiwa Savage and was released as his first official single under Mavin Records. Reekado Banks was featured alongside label mates Don Jazzy, Korede Bello, Tiwa Savage, Di’Ja, Dr SID and D’Prince on the critical acclaim song “Dorobucci”, which was released on 1 May 2014. Reekado Banks has also worked with his label mates to released the collaborative singles “Adaobi”, “Arise” and “Looku Looku”. On 13 February 2015, Reekado Banks released the Don Jazzy produced song “Katapot”. The song 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. While speaking to Vanguard newspaper, Reekado Banks stated that he created “Katapot” for his fans.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in April 2015 from UNILAG.
He has also completed a house his parents were building in lagos after he gained limelight.
FEW FACTS ABOUT REEKADO
1.He likes sugar cane.
2.Noodles are his best meal.
3.Best colour is black.
4.He has just one tattoo, and it’s a tattoo of his name.
5.He plays football and supports Arsenal FC.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
Rookie of the Year at The Headies 2014
NO POPULAR ENDORSEMENT DEAL YET.
RUMORS AND SCANDALS
No popular scandal yet