Daniel Wilson Orunaboka, popularly known as Daniel Wilson, was born November 25, 1967 in Tiko town, an important port in the southwest region of Cameroon. He is the third child of the ten children from Mrs Grace And Mr Wilson Orunaboka. His father Wilson Orunaboka, from Rivers State of Nigeria, was a photojournalist whose job often took the family abroad but he eventually settled down in the Republic of Cameroons in 1964 where he and his wife Grace, started a chain of bakery shops in the Tiko and Duala provinces of Cameroon while raising their family and only returned to Nigeria with young Daniel Wilson and his siblings to be counted as Nigerians in the general population census of 1973. Young Daniel Wilson was immediately enrolled to Banham Memorial School Port Harcourt where he completed his primary school and got admitted to Government Comprehensive School for his secondary school education and eventually sat for the WAEC and JAMB examinations, gaining entrance into the University of Port-Harcourt to study theatre arts under the supervision of Olawale Gladstone Emmanuel Rotimi, best known as Ola Rotimi, one of Nigeria’s leading playwrights and theatre directors.
His recording and performing career, which started in 1983 right after he finished his secondary school, pushed and pushed the brick walls of conservatism in the music industry then, until it gave way, so even before he gained admission to study Theatre Arts at the University of Port Harcourt, he had already built for himself a cult like image and a following of fanatic fans who were going everywhere with him as he performed his original songs at campus events, including the very prestigious MUFANU, Music Festival Of All Nigerian Universities, the SKALAS CLUB Night at the University Of Ibadan and more.