Banky W, revealed that there was a time that he almost quit music due to depression.
The singer made this revelation during a radio programme and explained how he was robbed and kidnapped for about 45 minutes on the first day of 2009. “All the money that I had saved for my music, I had spent on marketing, videos and other things. On the last day of December 2008, I realised that these things were not working out well for me because I had high hopes when I was returning to Nigeria from America. .
I believed that I would be the greatest artiste in the world till reality set in. I went to church for new year service as I always do and I prayed to God telling him that things were not working out fine for me. I even wrote down my prayer point, telling God what I wanted. As I left the church, I got accosted by armed robbers at about past 1 am and that was the worst 45 minutes of my life. They drove around and demanded that I withdraw money from my account for them. .
At that point, I was already broke, depressed, frustrated and tired. I was already regretting the fact that I came to Nigeria because when my parents knew about my decision, they were worried, especially my mother. They all told me that it would not work and then I got robbed. After I got robbed, a few days later, the caretaker of my house got drunk, took my car and drove it into a neighbour’s wall on the same estate. That was my only means of transportation and it was gone. .
This was a car that was always breaking down all over Lagos. I had already started releasing music and fame came before fortune. Sadly, anytime someone sees you on television, they assume that you have money.
At the time, I would borrow N5,000 from Segun Demuren every Monday to fuel my car and buy airtime for my phone. Luckily for me, I had somewhere to lay my head and there was food on the table. But that is how bad things were for me. When I got robbed and my car was later damaged, I did not know how to get around.