Wizkid is a Grammy Award-winning Nigerian singer and songwriter. His real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. Wizkid was born on 16 July 1990 in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. Surulere is a lively area known for its mix of upscale cocktail bars, pulsing clubs, and laid-back beer parlors on the busy Ojuelegba Road.
Wizkid began recording music at the age of 11 and managed to release a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed. Wizkid signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) in 2009. He left E.M.E after his contract expired. Wizkid is currently signed by his own Starboy Records and RCA Records in the US. The American record label is owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
Wizkid rose to the limelight after releasing “Holla at Your Boy”, the lead single from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011). “Tease Me/Bad Guys”, “Don’t Dull”, “Love My Baby”, “Pakurumo”, and “Oluwa Lo Ni” were also released as singles from the Superstar album. Ayo, his self-titled second studio album, was released in September 2014. It was supported by six singles: “Jaiye Jaiye”, “On Top Your Matter”, “One Question”, “Joy”, “Bombay”, and “Show You the Money”.
Wizkid Tops Charts
In 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the hit single “One Dance”, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the US Billboard Hot 100, the UK, Canada and Australia. He signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records in March 2017.
His third studio album, Sounds from the Other Side, was released in July 2017. It serves as his major-label debut and was primarily a Caribbean-influenced record. SFTOS was supported by five singles: “Daddy Yo”, “Sweet Love”, “Come Closer” featuring Drake, “African Bad Gyal” and “Naughty Ride”. Wizkid became the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the 2018 Guinness World Records for his contribution to “One Dance”.
By February 2021, Wizkid was the most-streamed Nigerian artist of all time on Spotify, with over 3.4 billion streams across all credits. On the 24th of August Wizkid’s Made in Lagos rose to number 1 on Billboard World Album Chart. On the 27 of August 2021, Wizkid released the deluxe edition of his Made in Lagos album.
Major Collaborations And Features
In 2019, he was featured on Beyoncé’s project The Lion King: The Gift on the collaboration “Brown Skin Girl”, which won him a Grammy Award for Best Music Video. His fourth album, Made in Lagos, was released in October 2020, to wide commercial success and acclaim. The album includes the single “Essence”, which became the first Nigerian song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
Wizkid Grammy Award
Wizkid is a recipient of several international music nominations and awards. He won his first Grammy Award with his collaboration on Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack.
Wizkid’s Endorsement Deals
In 2012, Wizkid signed a one-year endorsement deal with Pepsi reportedly worth $350,000 and was renewed for two more years. On 28 May 2013, Wizkid signed a one-year deal with MTN Nigeria.
In November 2013, Wizkid signed an endorsement deal with Guinness for the Guinness World of More concert, held at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos. In June 2015, Wizkid signed a ₦128 million deal with GLO.
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Wizkid’s Other Names
Wizkid is known by so many names. Below are some of them:
- Lil Prinz
- Daddy Yo
- Baba Nla
- Big Wiz
As of September 2021, Wizkid had four albums and one EP to his credit. The albums are:
- Superstar (2011)
- Ayo (2014)
- Sounds from the Other Side (2017)
- Made in Lagos (2020)
- Soundman Vol. 1 (2019) (EP)
Wizkid Net Worth
Wizkid has an estimated net worth of $20 million as of 2021. He is regarded as the richest musician in Nigeria. He accumulated this wealth through his career as a musician; online streaming of music, shows and performances, endorsement deals, and album sales.
Alhaji Muniru Olatunji Balogun is the father of Wizkid. He is a Muslim and managed to produce thirteen children with three different women. Wizkid is popular among his children due to his career as a musician.
Alhaji Muniru Olatunji Balogun looked after his children and provided to them each expected in life. Initially, consenting to Wizkid’s career as an artiste proved difficult from a religious perspective as a Muslim, however, he endorsed and blessed him to pursue his dream. Little is known about Alhaji Muniru Olatunji Balogun and his family as they live a modest life despite their fortune.
Jane Dolapo is the mother of Wizkid. She has said that Wizkid’s Christian upbringing and hard work are responsible for his rise to the top. His mother is a Pentecostal Christian.
Wizkid’s mother celebrates her birthday every July 4.
Wizkid has three children. Their names are Boluwatife Balogun, Zion Ayo-Balogun, and Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, Jr.
Wizkid has been linked to several beautiful women over the years. He has no problem attracting the opposite sex. The handsome young star usually has underwear thrown at him during his performances. He reportedly dated Tiwa Savage in 2018 after they worked together, but they both denied the rumours. Wizkid has also been spotted with Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock. While his fans hoped the pair were a couple, they just posed together for a picture at a party.
Who sang the song essence?
Essence is a song sang by Wizkid. Wizkid featured Tems on the song. Essence topped charts across the world and performed incredibly well on all streaming platforms. The remix of Essence had Justin Bieber on. Watch the remix below:
Who sang no stress?
No Stress is a song sang by Wizkid. Watch the official video below:
Which day is Wizkid birthday?
Wizkid celebrates his birthday on every 16th July. He always trends with the hashtag #WizkidDay on his birthday.
When did Lagos drop?
Made In Lagos is an album by Wizkid. The Made In Lagos album was dropped on October 30, 2020.
What is Wizkid biggest song?
It is hard to tell Wizkid’s best song as all his releases end up as global hits. Nonetheless, below are some of the biggest songs from Wizkid:
- Essence (Feat. Tems)
- No Stress
- Ginger (feat. Burna Boy)
- Joro. Joro.
- Energy (Stay Far Away) Skepta, Wizkid
- Brown Skin Girl. Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, Beyoncé, Wizkid
- Blessed (feat. Damian Marley)
- True Love (feat. Tay Iwar & Projexx)
- Come Closer (feat. Drake)
- My Love (feat. Major Lazer, WizKid, Dua Lipa)
Where is Wizkid from?
Wizkid hails from Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.
How old is Wizkid now?
Wizkid is 31 years old (2021).
What was Wizkid called before 2006?
Until 2006, Wizkid was known as Lil Prinz.
Is Wizkid a graduate?
Wizkid is not a graduate, however, Cyprus University honored him for his contribution to Nigerian music.
What is Wizkid state origin?
Wizkid state of origin is Lagos State.