After successfully carving a niche for himself in the music industry, popular singer Bankole Wellington, fondly referred to as Banky W, has crossed over to the world of acting and he is already gaining grounds there as well.
In a chat with Saturday Beats, the singer noted that the only reason he is able to achieve such strides is simply that he is his biggest critic. He said that regardless of how anyone rates his performances, they are never good enough for him.
The singer added that failure to criticise his works could lead to the end of his career.
He said, “Anybody that has paid attention to my music videos would know that I have had this flirtatious love affair with the movie-making business because most of my videos are short films. I tend to tell stories with my music videos because I have always been a storyteller. In fact, from my younger days, I always considered myself as a writer before I saw myself as a singer or an actor. In that sense, watching myself on the screen was not much of a surprise because I have been flirting with it for a long time.
“I try to be my biggest critic and I consider myself as such. That is how I am about my music and businesses. I feel that the day you are satisfied with your performance and job, it is the beginning of the end because you would start to become complacent. I am always harsh on myself. So, even people think I have done a good job; I try to look at the one area that I can improve on. While I really love Wedding Party 1, I feel there were things I could have improved on. It is the same thing with the second part; I watch the movie and I look for my mistakes. I have not even started to watch the film yet; instead, I am looking for where I made mistakes. That is just the way that I am as an entertainer and performer.”
Apparently, the singer seems to be taking the acting gig seriously and this baffles most of his fans who believe that his involvement in movies would rob them of his music.
Allaying their fears, the singer told Saturday Beats that being an extremely ambitious person; he doubted if film-making would affect his music career.
Banky W said, “People who know me well know that I am a very ambitious person; I am ambitious to a fault and I feel like I can do anything. I dream big and I would literally work my fingers to the bone so I have no plans to rob my fans of my music. My music career is still going on and I cannot quit it for acting. I am still releasing Running After You, featuring Nonso Amadi, ‘What you doing tonight’ and ‘Love you Baby’, which was produced by Cobhams. The videos would be out as well.”
Speaking about his recent project, The Wedding Party 2, the singer turned actor simply said, “It is a slight departure from the first feature. The Wedding Party 2 focuses primarily on the accidental proposal and subsequent wedding of returning characters, ‘Nonso Onwuka’ and ‘ Deardre Winston’, played by Enyinna Nwigwe and Daniella Down. Fans will see the hilarious consequences of their cross-cultural marriage unfold and catch up with the lives of their favourite characters. Banky W and Adesua Etomi are ‘Dozie’ and ‘Dunni’, Ali Baba and Sola Sobowale are ‘Bam-Bam’ and ‘Tin-Tin Coker’, Richard Mofe-Damijo and Ireti Doyle are ‘Felix and Obianuju Onwuka’ and Patience Ozokwor is ‘Adanna’, a feisty new addition to the cast,” he said.