More than ever before, young people are using technology to change the way we live in cities, in transportation, waste management, housing, education, and health. To bring about the growth of these ideas, what role can the arts play? In what ways can our artists begin to advocate for a better city? Rethinking Cities sat down with Olubankole “Banky W” Wellington, a multitalented and prolific Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Filmmaker, Businessman, and Philanthropist, who went into politics in 2018, to answer these questions.
Banky W ran for the Lagos’ Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat in Nigeria’s House of Representatives, under Modern Democratic Party. His stated that the reason why he ventured into politics was because of his desire to impact and improve his community; the desire to do more than just talk, tweet and complain about the government and the issues facing young people, and the desire to be a part of the progress we all seek. He desires to “inspire” a young generation of Nigerians to bring dramatic change to a country struggling with systemic corruption, and poverty.
At what point as an Artist did you begin to think of going into politics?
How do you think the arts can help the growth of social innovators?
'If there is no proper legislation, innovation will die'. What is your view on this?