Hellooooo Ladies & Gentlemen,
My name is Banky W. I used to have a blog, some of you may have been avid readers. Then Twitter happened. I stopped blogging and started tweeting. And posting on Instagram. Now while that has been fun, and while I appreciate all the followers I have, I've kinda missed blogging. And I occasionally get requests from people who enjoyed this part of me.
Soooooo I'm back. New Year, New blog. And I vow to do my best to keep this updated with my most random thoughts, points-of-view, and/or anything else that I hope would interest you. So please bookmark the page, and check back often.
In any case, a few weeks ago, I hosted an exclusive premiere of my "Music Film Experience" in the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas in Lagos. There, audience members were the first to see my work as a Director/Filmmaker; we previewed 3 Music Videos which I wrote and directed while attending the New York Film Academy (http://www.nyfa.edu) late last year. We've just released the 1st of the videos online, for a song called "Mercy". This video (or music film, as I like to call it), was actually my Final Film Project in my 2 month class at NYFA. It was shot in-and-around NYC, and features a cast of upcoming actors, NYFA film students, and models. Some are Nigerian, all are now friends of mine, and all are incredibly talented.
In a little over 24 hours, the video has amassed close to 20,000 views online. I realize these aren't Nicki-Minaj-Anaconda-type of numbers, but then again I do not have Nicki's-type-of-ass... just kidding. But I feel like it's a great start for a musician-turned-upcoming-filmmaker like myself. I'm hoping that by God's grace and with your support, we can get the views into the millions eventually. I can't lie... I've been tempted into bribing more of y'all into watching it by lying that I have some baaaad chics twerking in it... but I have reconsidered. Hehehe. No twerking, but hopefully it's as good a piece of film/music as you have heard in a while, and hopefully something that will resonate with you and your life's journey. At the end of the day, I've always been a story teller. I enjoy writing... whether it's songs, articles, poetry.. whatever. I enjoy expressing my thoughts this way. And with this video, I tried to tell a story that was different, and unique, and inspiring. Hopefully it makes you feel.. SOMETHING.
So this is how we'll kick off the new year and new blog... please watch my #MercyMusicFilm embedded above on the youtube link. And if you like it, please share it with your friends and/or redirect 'em here to my new blog. I tried to communicate a strong message, and I realize that isn't what's popular right now, but if I can get at least 1 million views on this video, I'd be beyond happy. Here's hoping you will help me do that. And here's hoping and praying that God will have mercy on us, our families, our countries, and that 2015 will end up being our best year so far.
PS: Please feel free to give me some feedback on the video... I'd love to hear your thoughts!