“Searching Everyday, Got Me Going Crazy, I’m Gonna Find You”… Banky W Found Me! ❤

Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 5:23 PM

By Atoke

The BellaNaija team is a super amazing one and it’s that way primarily because we have a group of individuals that understands the BN ethos. We also like to have a lot of fun and this is essentially because we have a team leader who’s characteristically gracious and quietly funny.

Guys! Do you have anything important you’re working on that needs to be done this morning? Let’s try and finish up by 12.30. Adeola’s around today and I’d like us to just generally hang out and discuss how to move the site forward.”

Uche’s airy voice floated around the office yesterday morning. I didn’t look up from my computer because I was trying to knock back as many emails as I could before clearing my head to write my Monday feature. Squinting and pushing my glasses up the bridge of my nose I said “Where are we going? I have quite a bit to do today.” That was basically my URGGH!!! Uche, I can’t be off frolicking when there’s a ton of work to get through. She smiled in her usual way and said “Somewhere on the Island. Just somewhere nice and cozy. I just think we all need to relax and since we have almost everyone here today we might as well just do it“.

All weekend, I’d been getting phone calls about the Dear BankyW letter which I’d published on Thursday. Half of the people who called wanted to know if I was serious and the other half wanted to know how soon I’d like them to come and check me into the Looney Bin.  I always enjoy writing every one of my pieces. When I settle to write, I’m one with my computer. I zone out of this realm and I check into an alternate dimension inside my head; and when I wrote the Banky W piece, I reached into a deeper part of my being. It’s a part that very few people get to see and experience, it was a deep and vulnerable part of me. It was me. Humor, sarcasm, passion and heart! It was all me. So I couldn’t explain the different shades of emotion as people left comments, blogged about it, tweeted about it… gosh even Toke and Nanya talked about it on their show on Friday. They called Banky and I recall Nanya saying categorically that he was sure I was “worwor” and that’s why I didn’t put my photographs. According to him, that should have been my primary “selling point”. (I don’t agree, but that’s a discussion for another day!)

So, here I was on Monday morning, tuned in to my creative wavelength and we’re off to a previously unscheduled retreat in Victoria Island. We got into two cars and I got to ride with my “madam”. I pulled out my Kindle and I continued following the adventures of Jack Reacher.  The ride wasn’t memorable. We talked about the weekend, laughed over some posts and that was it. Immediately we got to the S&S Hotel in Victoria Island, she asked us to get comfortable and place our orders. The finger food was served and guess who walked in?

TEE A! The comedian! :D Uche introduced us to the comedian and he left us and went to his table.

I had to proof-read articles so as I dug into my uber-delicious peppered snail, I kept up the pace of my work. It was time to order lunch, so I scanned through the menu: I knew what I wanted. Fusili & Salmon. My order had just come and so I had a tray of food on my lap, my reader resting gingerly on the edge of the tray and then I saw light stream in to the lobby of the hotel.

I looked up, shook my head, took off my glasses, pushed them back on and looked again.

OH MY GOD!!!!!

BankyW was actually there. In flesh! Life! Complete with the hat and sideburns! Dearly beloved… I trembled. No, I quivered. No, that’s not it. Wait…. I don’t have the words to describe what happened in that instant when I realized I’d just been set up with a grand plan to meet BankyW!

I apologize if I don’t sound coherent in my recollection of the events of the next 7 minutes. My colleagues have videos on their phones which they’re threatening to put up on Keek or YouTube if I am not nice to them.  So, I’m going to be nice for the next.. errr… 10 days at the most. :D

Anyway, when I finished trembling like a 16 year old, I was able to give Banky a proper hug. (I might have leaned in a little longer than necessary but please don’t judge me). Then he said to me “Happy Valentine’s Day” and then he handed me a bag of goodies. The next hour and half was an absolutely delightful and memorable one.

We sat and talked about music, life as a super star, life as an indigent creative writer, the brilliant awesomeness of possessing a voice from heaven, the amazingness of being a clever word weaver, and finally… AFRICAN TIME at Nigerian events! (Y’all didn’t think I’d let that topic slide did you?)

I went to bed last night wishing the day would never end but sadly it did but I had an absolutely amazing time with Banky. He’s a very witty, smart, hardworking and talented guy. If you’ve not bought the R&BW album, I have one question for you… WHATCHYU WAITING FOR? If you don’t live in Nigeria, you can buy it off cdbaby.com and itunes very soon!

So did I get a kiss? Did Banky say YES? Did the love story end up the way it does in movies? For these answers and more….watch this space!


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  • 70 Comments on ““Searching Everyday, Got Me Going Crazy, I’m Gonna Find You”… Banky W Found Me! ❤”

    • MISSKHADIVA February 26, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      wooooooow SOLA OJO is one of the team member. HI school mother!!! I love and miss you.

    • aunty February 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM


    • Ms. Jayee February 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Awwwwww……..I knew Banky was too much of a gentleman not to heed to your request (albeit not all sha…lol). Happy girl Atoke! But who are you in the picture though? That’s Uche Pedro….Julian…hmmm….who are you??

      • Chinwe February 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        I think Atoke is the lady standing infront of Banky lol.

    • Whalezy February 26, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Atoke!!!! You are a wonderfule writer! Truly blessed. This is your talent, dont ever work in a bank or anywhere else. xoxoxo…btw I tweeted and told Banky W to go and look for you immediately!!!

    • Whalezy February 26, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Atoke!!!! You are a wonderful writer! Truly blessed. This is your talent, don’t ever work in a bank or anywhere else. xoxoxo…btw I tweeted and told Banky W to go and look for you immediately!!!

    • sarafina February 26, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Please who had time to read this essay? Zzzzzzzz!

      • Omototun February 27, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        pele o Aunty debby downer sarafina….mssscheww!! If I wasn’t in such a cheesy mood right now you would have heard the story of your life…I’ll just let it slide.
        hmmnnnn…Atoke!! I envy,love and hate you right now!! such a weird mix of emotions….arrrghh!!!

      • Amazeballs! February 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        Sarafina please get lost, party pooper oshi!!!!!

      • Teris February 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        63 folks and countin’ babe

    • ink February 26, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Atoke we still can’t tell who you are in this picture o. LOL
      Soo happy for you! It’s always good to meet your dream guy.

    • ID February 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      ah the gist has finally come through. Get it girl!

    • Bleed blue February 26, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      BN rocks!!!!! Wow Atoke, aren’t you a lucky chica? And it’s nice to know Mr W turned out to be exactly the kind of character you’d hoped for.

      Ok oh….I’m off to write my own declaration-of-love article to Trey Songz…perhaps my Scottish Oga will take the team and I for peppered snails and tins and then proceed to produce Trey from one corner

    • what February 26, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Who is nanya?…that was quite shallow..infact let me stop here………..
      …awwwwww *blushing* that was nice of banky…happy for you Atoke,…

    • mk February 26, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Cant stop smiling….

    • Esther E February 26, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      M so happy for you atoke ..even if you don’t end up with the man of your dreams ,you’ve met the man of your dreams …… one more advice for you lovely atoke …if you want to be with banky , you would have to upgrade your looks shaaaa,,, thorough you look pretty ,despite the fact you were without make up……thumbs up missy…. I never miss #atoke’smonday morning banter

    • beeess February 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      WHOOSH!!! Maybe I should write my own letter to John Dumelo…You think he will respond? *sigh* :)

    • adelegirl February 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      That was so cool! Had me grinning at my computer. Ah! Me I like you people’s relaxed style at BN o. Well done to the BN team!

    • ryry February 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Nyc one Banky… I think Atoke is the one with a full figure standing in front of Banky

    • chichi February 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      dont have to meet this girl to know that she is absolutely adorable…Is atoke her real name??im gonna need a picture of you asap.lol…too cute

    • Kanyinulia February 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      She finally met her dream man….***Fingers crossed*** waiting for the ever after happy ending. Go girl!

    • R February 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww how sweet

    • Madam the Madam February 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Awwww, I am absolutely cheesing here. LOOOL. So cute!
      But Atoke, which kain ojoro is this? Which one are you? I’m guessing the lady in front?

      And that Nanya must be a top class dufus to have made such a comment.

      Aniwoos, your heartfelt letter to Mr. W was a great read. I even bookmarked it to go back anytime I need to have a good laugh and cheese away. I’m glad it got all the attention.

    • omada February 26, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Hi, Bella Naija, if I come to work with you will you get me to meet Mikel Obi?

    • www.thebanquethall.blogspot.com February 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Wow, such a nice story. Pls remember to catch up with my christian blog..www.thebanquethall.blogspot.com

      Bella Naija, no dey vex say I dey preach for your blog. You dey do ur own blogging, me sef dey do my own..lol. Bella, u check out my blog, it’s not offensive, it’s a Christian blog after all the day’s gossip from most blogs we can chill out a minute or so with God’s Word. Ain’t nothing wrong with that..pls post my comment as-is, biko. God bless you.

    • TA February 26, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Atoke and team BN thank you for making my day. :-)I have been checking and re-checking BN for a follow-up story and am glad i finally got my wish. LOL!
      My internet plan just expired,(and my phone’s network service is not cooperating) but i had to come to a dingy cybercafe somewhere close to Ajah to re read this article and leave my comment. Cant remember the last time i went to a cybercafe.lol! Thats how much you guys have got me hooked on this Atoke and Banky W thingy. Yeah,we all love a nice story,whether its of love or just having fun etc!
      @ Atoke ,your writing is fantastic!great job…you will surely end up with the man of your dreams! whether its Banky W or Tyler Perry:-) …best wishes,from one sister to another.

    • gistyinka February 26, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      mr lover…


    • Chima February 26, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Awwww that is so cute . . . Bella Abel I wan meet toke lol

    • nicholette February 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      I’m jealous sigh

    • Ebun February 26, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      aww! Happy for u babe!

    • x factor February 26, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      Atoke,your writing style is absolutely captivating and wreaks of sheer intelligence, impeccable use of words, excellence,depth and ingenuity..weldone !

    • whocares February 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      YES!!! YES YES YES YES YES!!!! The fact that this made me soo happy despite the fact that I dont particularly like Bankydoubliyoo shows how sad my life is.. but oh well. YES!!! loool. I’ll be praying for you hon (i dont usually pray) but for you and Banky I will make an exception :)

    • Simya February 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      Choi!!! That’s just awesome yo.
      Na to compose letters to all my lovers out there….dem plenty! at least 1 will answer..AMEN!

    • Gbemi February 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Sister Atoke of God!!
      Sine the days of John the baptist, the kingdom of God suffereth violence and the violent taketh it by force! Carry on! We are rooting for you!!

    • NIKI February 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Only Yes abeg!!

    • AA February 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Tee-A! What concerneth me with him? You had me there tho, a sharp hiss escaped my mouth at the suspense.
      And that silly Nanya also said Atoke has spirishu:/mental problem, like what does he even know. Olodo!
      In the grand scheme of things, that african timing problem pales besides this all-important response to this public declaration. Awwwwwww you are such a selfless lover, even in the face of ELA, rather than be embittered, you plugged in an advert for his album, chap owes you major

    • lol February 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      If that is the whole BN team,they are not intimidating jawe.I’m not sure Banky W will like to settle for anything less.Just average looking chicks,except the one on Red dress and may be the one next to that…But a super amazing Blog,best in the world(no pun intended) carry go,nothing do you.

      • Bleed blue February 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        Really? “average looking chics”? Look at you behind your computer screen determining who’s average and who’s not and the type you think Banky W will settle for. You and sarafina up there should get together and have a bad-belle purging party.

        And please before you say “no pun intended”, you have to actually make a pun!

        • "Laniks February 27, 2013 at 2:03 PM

          Don’t mind the twat kmt

    • Joycylo February 27, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      Atoke,you are a great writer,love your write up to pieces.need ur twitter handle pls……Bigups to Banky and I hope he said Yez.lol

    • Princess February 27, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      atoke is the one on blue i remember her pic’s from her south africa trip

      • Amazeballs! February 27, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Nope, thats Adeola Adeyemo!

    • D Fairy GodSister February 27, 2013 at 2:10 AM

      Yay!!!!! I’m so happy for you Atoke!!!!

    • mhiz mo February 27, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      well, well ,well …
      I see a short series running here … well this would definitely get more traffic to this blog … Very Creative idea Ms Atoke

    • Yes February 27, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      I believe Atoke is the one with braids and wearing a blue jacket.

    • Aibee February 27, 2013 at 6:40 AM

      Awwww Atoke, so glad you got to meet Banking Doubliyou. And he was real classy about it too, meeting you with your work-family so you’d feel really comfortable and all them Nanya and Toke will not have fodder for their gossip columns. As for the one who said you are worwor, what can I say? some people are just sad jare.
      I’ll be watching this space to see if this goes any further. Love you babes.

      • Tolani February 27, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        Where do you know her that you’re loving her from? Face your office work. Mscheeeeeew

        • Bleed blue February 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

          Tolani, why are you so angry? Jeez!

    • giggy February 27, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      congrats oooooooooo Atoke

    • Ololade February 27, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      Are you kidding me? You don’t know who Atoke is in the picture? She’s the one with the brightest smile, with the glasses. Look at the second picture, you’ll see her sitting across Banky, and looking enraptured……………….I’m soooooo jealous of you right now Atoke. I’m sure you had fun sha.

    • Doks February 27, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      Atoke Doubliyou!!! I practically smiled all thru as I read this.

      Well, I kinda knew he’d find you. Seriously! I suspected that Uche Pedro would set up a meeting cos your piece was so star-struck and celebs like responding to fans like that.

      Congrats gurrrrllll!!! Now let the copycats start rolling in!!!

      Me sef I wanna meet Dbanj.****blushing***

    • funkizzle February 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Atoke pls help me too work out a piece for Tyler Perry too,maybe i’ll get to meet him flesh and blood too….Atoke plsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss,dnt say no.plssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    • Alwaysexcitedtoreadatoke February 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      I simply L – O – V – E Atoke….

    • funkizzle February 27, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Atoke pls can we work something out on Tyler Perry too.plssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    • Tolani February 27, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Atoke mama ____O_

    • 5'5 February 27, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      awwwwwwww atoke! *hugs*

    • eniola February 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Dear Mr Banky, Atoke ur increased ur fan base by +1.

    • eniola February 27, 2013 at 9:43 AM


    • 1 + The One February 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Yayyyy! Atoke met her Doubliyou! lol
      Love love your writing style Atoke and the fact that Banky W was gentleman enough to come bearing gifts :-)
      My love for Atoke and Banky have Doubli-Youed! hehe xx

      .. And of course thanks to Uche for setting it up! If only all bosses were that cool :-D

    • Ruby February 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Atoke, I’m happy that you enjoyed yourself…

    • Teni February 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      You go girl, and am sure you had Banky thinking too… Don’t worry if he hasn’t said YES, am sure he’s seriously thinking about you too. Love love love the way you guys work at BN, would like that kind of relaxation work too jhor….

    • Thor February 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Atoke is the one right in front of Banky with the biggest smile in the world!

    • Madam the Madam February 27, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      So which of them is Damilare Aiki aka Madam “she accessorized with a pink pout”. lmao

      • more blezzing February 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        lmao!!you know I thought the same thing too….I was even more interested in picking him out than Atoke dearest sef

    • Nshina February 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Awwwh…that’s so sweet. Mehn, I’m gonna compose my own 10 reasons why I love Dj Xclusive o! I must meet him… :D

    • Juliet March 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      I think i have to pen down my own to D’banj………i envy you rite now! great u met him and happy that ur happy.

    • Gracie March 1, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Am going to write my own love letter to my………………

    • Gracie March 1, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      @Beees, don’t even dare send John Dumelo a letter, he has replied my love letter already. *frowning and smiling*

    • M(rs)understand March 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      This is such a beautiful story….
      I read the letter and now this one…
      Such simplicity… Such honesty… Such simple honesty behind it all…
      Banky W is obviously a gentleman.
      I certainly wouldn’t delay dinner with you if I were in his shoes.
      Although I’ve never met you, Atoke, clearly you are a lovely personality….
      And that counts…
      Hope to meet you someday..xxx

    • Yemisi March 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Atokeeeeeeeeeeee………………………me i am jealous oh. I see you. I want to meet Banky W too