From the Magazine: Proust Questionnaire – Banky W is ahead of his time


Musician, producer, activist and, entrepreneur, Banky W is still searching for the great love of his life  

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

 My big head, though I’ve grown to love and accept it. I tell myself it just means I have a lot more brainpower. (Laughter).

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

When you’re content in every aspect of life; physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially.

What is your greatest fear?

Eventually failing after trying so hard.

What historical figure do you most identify with?

King David in the Bible. He was passionate, gifted, determined, ambitious and yet quite flawed.

 Which living person do you most admire?

Mandela … and Jay-Z.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I get distracted by taking on too many things at the same time, and it makes it harder to deliver on all fronts.

What is the trait you most deplore in other people?

Physically? Personal hygiene issues like body or mouth odours. Internally? Unreliability.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I’m not a very extravagant person at all. I typically just try to spend on the things that matter more.

What is your favourite journey?

It’s a tie between Brazil for the Rio Carnival and France to visit the Hennessy Chateau and Factory. I think Brazil wins by a small margin, because of the beautiful women and beaches.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Virtues are high moral standards that we should all strive to have. I don’t know that I’d overrate any of them.

On what occasion do you lie?

When I’m talking to my mom about traits that would disappoint her – women or alcohol for instance.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My big head, though I’ve grown to love and accept it. I tell myself it just means I have a lot more brainpower. (Laughter).

Which living person do you most despise?

Osama Bin Laden’s dead now, so I guess that position is up for the taking.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I’m not sure actually.

 What is your greatest regret?

Breaking up with my first REAL girlfriend.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

I’m optimistic that I’ll still find her.

When and where were you happiest?

Every time I’ve recorded a great song or I’m on stage performing it to a receptive audience.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I were a professional athlete – soccer or basketball.

 What is your current state of mind?


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I’d devoted more time and consistency to gym efforts.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Being able to do what I love for a living; literally living my dreams, and being able to provide others with the opportunity to live theirs as well.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

I’d love to come back as Banky W, the new and improved version.

What is your most treasured possession?

My mind.

Where would you like to live?

A luxury apartment building in a high class estate in Lagos (while living in the penthouse), a beach home in Miami, and a Penthouse Loft in New York City.

What is your favourite occupation?

The one I currently have. Music maker.

What is your most marked characteristic?


What do you consider the lowest depth of misery?

Failure and the inability to rise out of it.

What are your favourite qualities in a woman?

 Ambition, intelligence, sense of humor, fun loving, God fearing, friendliness, sexiness, and a huge plus is the ability to dance and cook well.

What do you most value in your friends?

Loyalty and reliability.

Who are your favourite writers?

James Patterson and Jeffrey Archer.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My Mother. Jay-Z. Mandela. Obama.

What are your favourite names?

I like all my names.

How would you like to die?

I’d like to die when I’m filthy rich, successful in all areas of life, with a great family, old in age, and happy. Oh, and it would be nice if it happened peacefully in my sleep. Y!

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