Fellowship Year: 2020
Nationality: Nigeria
Job Title: Chairman and CEO
Organisation: Empire Mates Entertainment


Job Title: Chairman and CEO

Organisation: Empire Mates Entertainment

Professional History: Olubankole Wellington is an accomplished musician, filmmaker, writer, speaker, businessman, politician and philanthropist. He’s the Chairman and CEO of Empire Mates Entertainment, leading the company from its early years as a record label to its present state as a media agency. While it was a record label, Olubankole oversaw record-breaking, culture-changing, history-defining music from the likes of WizKid, Skales, DJ XClusive and others. As an agency, its client portfolio has included major corporate brands such as Budweiser, Peak Milk, Access Bank, and talent brands such as Ebuka, Mike Edwards, Toolz and Adesua Etomi-Wellington and other social media influencers.

He has starred in or co-executive-produced some of the most successful films in Nollywood history. Movies include The Wedding Party, Up North, and Sugar Rush. He was also the Co-CEO of one of the fastest growing Nigerian restaurant franchises, Sooyah Bistro.

With millions of followers on social media, he’s played a leading and ambassadorial role in several charitable and activist movements, including Enough is Enough, Teach 4 Nigeria, Back 2 School Adult Literacy Initiative, Pink Oak Cancer Trust Fund, EachOne.NG, his Banky Wellington Organization and many more. He also ran one of Nigeria’s most effective political campaigns, inspiring a generation of youth to get involved in rebuilding their nation.

Academic and professional credentials: Certificate from New York Film Academy
BSc from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



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