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I Need A Wife, 34-Year-Old D’banj Opens Up

d1For celebrated pop star Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo, aka D’banj, turning 34 on Monday afforded him the rare opportunity to glorify God for the height He has taken him to in life, particularly his success story in the entertainment world.

However, amidst the fanfare of his birthday celebration, which held at the Four Point Hotel by Sheraton, Lekki, Lagos, Koko Master, as he is fondly called, also revealed his greatest heart-desire to the consternation of his audience.

When asked to reveal his greatest birthday wish, in an interview with journalists, the Ogun State-born act, who won this year’s Best African Act at the World Music Awards on May 27, in Monaco, first took a long, deep breath and then dropped the bombshell: “I want to get married.”

With this disclosure, D’banj, who has been romantically linked to Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, seems to be warming up to bid bye to bachelorhood.

Also, in what may be termed D’banj’s metamorphosis, the multiple-award winning singer has unveiled another cognomen which, according to him, will further project his new vision as a performer.  His new alias, he revealed, is: Kiniun Funfun (White lion).

“Every year or any time I want to pass across a message, I have allies that say how I feel. From D’banj, which was derived from my name, to Skibanj, which was how my German friends in London used to call me; and from Capella, which they gave me in South Africa, to Mensah, which they gave me in Ghana; and from Eja Nla, which happened after a whole lot of things, to Banga Lee, which typifies the fact that I am loyal to anything I believe in, I have realised that to whom much is given, much is expected. When I named myself Banga Lee, it is because I am loyal to my cause. I don’t want to work with people who are not loyal, based on what has happened to me in the past. I also know that it is right to think and act straight. In regard to my journey so far, I am now Kiniun  funfun( White lion), which is a rare breed.”

With an alias such as Kiniun funfun, which has a strong connotative meaning, did D’banj consider the impression this might create in the minds of his fans? “Yes, I considered all this before announcing it to the public today.  As I said, Kiniun funfun is a rare breed. Look at me, how many people are like me in this world? There is none. It is FG, which means ‘Favour of God’ and not Federal Government.”

D’banj, who seemed to be basking in the euphoria of his recent win at the World Music Awards in Monaco, also gave a blow-by-blow account of the precursory event to the coveted award that has catapulted him further to global fame. According to him, “I have been nominated for the World Music Awards a couple of years. So many people are always nominated throughout the world. Therefore, I didn’t really think about it.  I have really wanted to perform on that stage because that is my strength; I am a performer, an entertainer. When they told me they wanted me to perform, I said, ‘Let go.’ I knew I was nominated, but I didn’t really think it could work. While we were doing sound check there, I got an email, telling me my schedule. It stated that after my performance, I would be back for five minutes….You see, I am 10 years in the industry and I kind of know when they pass a message. So, I said: ‘Oh my God, it is possible!’ But I didn’t know the category. They gave me the award before I performed and that was the twist. There are just two awards that I wanted to win. Now, I have won this, so it remains the Grammy.”

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