For a while now, Koko Master and DKM boss, D’banj has been gushing about his amazing partnership with Tonya Merritt, his manager of over two years now, giving her so much credit in his business endeavours that many would easily think he is alluding to the age-long saying that ‘behind every successful man there’s a woman’.

In a new post to celebrate her birthday, the Koko Master has some very pleasant words for Tonya, his business partner. Hear him:

“Happy Birthday to a Strong, beautiful, dedicated, selfless and loyal woman. We’ve been through a lot together, Now I can’t wait for the world to see what God has done. Words can not show how much you mean to the Team and my family. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the best Chief of Staff @tmerritt234…Ooosheeee”

Plain, simple birthday message, but cryptic from the relationship point of view for a man who has always remained evasive and noncommittal on the subject of his love life through the years.


D’banj’s love life is a mystery to many as the gregarious singer and businessman has managed to keep everyone guessing through the years. Yet, there have been times when he was directly linked to top divas like Nollywood actress, Genevieve and Housewives Of Atlanta star, Kenya Moore. But there was always nothing to the speculations. No commitments from him or the ladies in question. That’s how D’Banj has been able to carry on in the extraordinary league of gentlemen bachelors which include former label partner Don Jazzy, Banky W, Timaya, Flavour, and the others.

But with his steady gushing about Tonya and their many loved up moments, is there more to D’Banj’ business relationship with Tonya? Is this why she has, in few years of working for him, risen from just being his manager to actually becoming Vice President of his DKM music label? No matter how artful a dodger the Koko Master may be, we will find out. No hiding place.

Tonya Merritt is an American. Based in Atlanta, she is an international business consultant, publicist and booking agent who has worked with top stars like Trey Songz, Snoop Dogg and others. Among other things her work with D’Banj has helped him get topnotch collaborations, like the one with Snoop Dogg, as well as secure the deal between him and Giuseppe Zannoti.