Brief History Of Wizkid And His Background

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun as popularly known asWizkid was born on July 16, 1990 in Surulere, Lagos. His mother is a Pentecostal Christian and his father an Islam practising father. Wizkid attended Ijebu Ode Grammar School, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, after which he later proceeded to the Lagos State University, but couldn’t continue he had to dropped out in 2009. He then enrolled at the Lead City University, Ibadan, Oyo State and also dropped out

His Early Career

He started recording music when he was just 11 years with the stage name Lil Prinz until 2006. He initially formed the Glorious Five group with some of his friends in church and they produced an album before disbanding. Wizkid later met OJB Jezreel, a singer-songwriter and record producer. While he was visiting the studio, he was privileged to watch superstars like Naeto C and Tu Face record their albums, and this increased his interest in pursuing a career in music and learnt a lot from them. Since then he was able to be performing in some shows and stages with earned him high reputation in the music industry. With his performances he has then rose and attained several feats and international recognitions, such as a collaborative song “One Dance” he did with Drake in 2016. The song became famous in different foreign countries like UK, USA, Australia and Canada. Wizkid is a great motivator for young musicians in Africa, and till date, he is the most highly followed Nigerian musician on Twitter.

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Most Important Wizkid Songs

Wizkid has currently released 3 studio albums, 33 music videos, 1 compilation album, 50 singles, 44 promotional singles, 16 guest appearances, and 6 cameo appearances. Below are detailed information about his three studio albums and their singles.

Wizkid’s First Studio Album -Superstar

Wizkid began his debut studio in 2009 with the album, ‘Super Star’. Super star was then released on June 12, 2011 by the Empire Mates Entertainment under Banky W and Tunde Demuren, supported by 6 singles:

Holla at your boy (2010)
Tease Me/Bad Guys (2010)
Don’t Dull (2010)
Love My Baby (2011)
Pakurumo (2011) and
– Oluwa Lo Ni (2012)
The album earned him the Next Rated award at the Headies 2011, and a 2012 Hyundai Sonata Car. It became the second best-selling album on notjustok.com and won the best Nigerian Album of 2011. The album was composed with English and Yoruba Language, won the Best Album of the Year in the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2012.



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Wizkid’s Second Studio Album – Ayo

Ayo is an eponymous album titled from his name, Ayodeji. It was released on 17th September, 2014 by Starboy Entertainment and Empire Mates Entertainment. He collaborated with some record producers like Maleek Berry, Spellz, Sarz and many more. Some singer-song writers like Femi Kuti, Akon, Tyga, Phyno, Banky W. were also featured. It won the Best R&B/Pop Album under Headies in 2015.The album has 6 singles and they are:
– Jaiye jaiye (2013)

On Top Your Matter (2013)
One Question (2014)
Joy (2014)
Bomboy (2014)
Show You the Money (2014).
Wizkid’s Third Album- Sounds From the Other Side

Wizkid’s third studio album, Sounds from the other side (STFOS) was released on July 14, 2017 by the Starboy Entertainment, RCA Records and Sony Music International. The music genres involves Afrobeat, EDM, R&B, House and Dance Hall. The producers are the Picard Brothers, Sarz, Del B, DJ Mustard and many more with guest appearances from Chris Brown, Bucie, Drake, TY Dolla Sign. e.t.c. It won the Best R&B/Pop Album under the Headies in 2018. The album consists of 5 singles which are:

– Daddy Yo (2016)

Sweet Love (2017)
Come Closer (2017)
African Bad Gyal (2017)
Naughty Ride (2017).
The Star Boy Entertainment

Wizkid established the Star Boy entertainment record label on March 5, 2013 After it was established, he left the Empire Mates Entertainment. In May 2016, it expanded into a Star Boy Worldwide after signing some international Sing-Song writers like Efya, Eazi and R2Bees. This was after his performance at the 17th edition of the Ghana Musician Awards. The record label was created to give up-coming artist a platform to showcase their talents and skills. He went on to sign Maleek Berry, a British Nigerian record Producer and the Onikos- Legendury Beatz. He also signed a recording artist L.A.X to his imprint.

His Business Deals

Wizkid is not just an afrobeat pop singer, he also reaps the benefits of being a celebrity. He has signed mouth-watery deals with top-notch companies. For example, he signed a one-year endorsement deal with Pepsi for about $350,000 and traveled with Tiwa Savage for a commercial shoot for the brand in 2012. The contract was reportedly renewed for another two years.

On May, 28, 2013, Wizkid signed a one-year deal with MTN Nigeria.

On October 3, 2013, he signed an endorsement deal with Guinness for the Guinness World Of More concert in Victoria Island, Lagos. The event held on November 3, same year.

In 2015, he went on to sign a deal with Glo for N128 million.

Wizkid collaborated with Nike to produce the Starboy Jersey Collection.

The afrobeat star is said to own a mansion in Lekki, another mansion in Los Angeles, California, US, and a house in Surulere.

Wizkid’s Net Worth

According to Naijahomebased.com, Wizkid is worth roughly $22 Million. He was published as one of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists by Forbes and Channel O in 2013.

Wizkid Awards

Wizkid has received several awards for his music both in Nigeria and overseas. The awards include:

Wizkid was able to bag the following awards:
Promising Artist of the Year, Dynamix All Youths Awards, 2010Best New Male Artiste, City People Entertainments Awards, 2011Best New Act of the Year, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2011Artiste of the Year, Dynamix All Youth Awards, 2011Best African Art, Music of Black Origin, 2011Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year, Nigeria Entertainment Award, 2012Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year, The Headies 2012Artist of the Year, The Headies, 2012Best International Act Africa, BET Awards, 2012Musician of the Year, The Future Awards, 2012Musician of the Year (Male), Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2013African Artist of the Year, Ghana Music Awards, 2013Male Artist of the Year, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 2015African Artist of the Year, Ghana Music Awards, 2016African Artist of the Year, African Pride Awards, 2016Best West African Artist, Music of Black Origin (MOBO), 2017Artiste of the Year, Music of Black Origin (MOBO), 2017Best International Artist, Music of Black Origin (MOBO), 2017

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