Banky W recuperating after surgery for skin cancer

Bankole Wellington, one of Nigeria’s most outstanding musicians who recently underwent surgery for skin cancer, is recovering after the health scare.


Image: Banky Wellington

The famous Rhythm & Blues singer recently took to Instagram and shared pictures from his hospital bed. It was his third cancer surgery, media reports confirm.

One of the social media posts showed him with his supportive fiancée Adesuwa Etomi, who excitedly planted kisses on Banky W’s cheek. She gained fame for her role in Wedding Party.

The popular artist expressed gratitude to God for seeing him through the 10-year struggle with the disease, and urged his fans to stay strong, remain optimistic, and keep their prayer lives intact.

Banky W wrote, “A wise man once said this, ‘Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign that you had been healed.’ Scroll through the pictures to see mine.”

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“I’m sharing these because they’re proof of what God has brought me through and because, somewhere out there, I know there’s someone who needs to hear this,” the rapper and actor continued.

“For those who’ve been wondering why I’ve been away (for) so long, I had my third surgery on a rare strain of skin cancer tumors in my shoulder last month. The first two times were over 10 years ago, then it recently resurfaced. But this isn’t a sad story as much as it is a reminder and a testimony.

“A reminder that you should never take life for granted. You only get one shot. Some people went to sleep and never woke up. Many others have lost the battle to cancer and other illnesses. Many are still fighting. You never know when your time will be up. So, don’t waste another minute.

“It’s also a testimony about the goodness of God. I think I had to go through this again to remember how merciful God is to me. Lord knows I don’t deserve it, but He saves me time and again, anyway. I keep saying I need to write a book. I really do.”

Health experts say this form of skin cancer is the most common type and could be easily control if detected earlier although they added, there’s a chance it could recur.

Banky W, 36, is also known as King of the Lagos Party, Mr Capable or simply Banky.


“The past few weeks of recovery have been tough, but beautiful,” the American-born star continued in other posts. “I’m finally back on my feet, feeling stronger and ready to get back to life. I’m especially thankful to my Nurse Susu for loving me and being by my side every step of the way – I don’t deserve U , my parents & siblings, in-laws & close friends for the love, support and prayers, my Pastors – Pastor Tony Rapu & Pastor Del Balogun of TPH, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya and Pastor Bayo Adeyokunnu – for constantly praying with and for me. And of course to Dr Wodajo & Dr Miralli & their teams – who God used to operate on me successfully.

“I’m thankful for life, provision and healing. Pls dont feel bad, or msg me with any worries.. God has done it, just thank Him for me.

“The pain will eventually go away but the scar won’t – and I’m glad because it’s a reminder to me of what God has done, and evidence to you of what He CAN do. I’m not stronger or better than anyone. I’m just a living testimony that no matter what u face, U can survive & thrive, by God’s grace.”