9 years (and several nicknames) have passed since D’banj first insinuated himself in the ears of Nigerians via his debut album, No Long Thing, setting off a new wave of dance sounds now known as Afrobeats. Eja Nla (or Banger Lee), as he prefers to be called these days, has since gone on to become a record label owner and Nigeria’s biggest music export in decades, rocking stages from Lagos to London. We count down the marquee act’s top 5 most remarkable music videos, beginning with the colourful visual for 2006′s Why Me.
5. Why Me (2006) The hit single from D’banj’s 2006 17-track sophomore album, RunDown Funk U Up, needed a music video to match its trippy instrumentals, and the Mo’Hits family turned out in full force, super-ridiculous Denrele Edun in tow, for an award- winning comedic performance.
4. Fall In Love (2010) Featuring the kiss that launched a dozen gossip blogs, the Sesan-directed music video for Fall In Love starred Nollywood star Genevieve Nnaji as D’banj’s lover. We still haven’t heard the last of the pair’s hush-hush off-screen romance.
3. Finally (2013) Prime nominee for a Best Use of Flashing Lights video awards category, the visual for D’banj’s biggest club jam since Oliver Twist took the party to a dark, menacing forest. A Wizkid cameo and the phenomenal CEO Dancers make this a rave for the eyeballs.
2. Mr Endowed Remix (2010) From the limo in Nigeria’s national colours ferrying D’banj and Don Jazzy across the streets of Beverly Hills, to featured artiste Snoop Dogg’s knockoff Nigerian passport, this music video was all about the details. Almost five minutes of glitzy class.
1. Oliver Twist (2012)Oliver Twist was the song that took D’banj global, and the star-studded accompanying music video was testament to that fact. Don Jazzy was missing, post-Mo’ Hits split, but G.O.O.D. Music's Big Sean, Pusha T and Kanye West were good enough company for Banger Lee.