Wizkid's biography, musical career and top hit songs

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Top Nigerian Singer and Song Writer Wizkid (Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun)

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, AKA Wizkid, is a Nigerian-born singer, songwriter and producer.

Wizkid's early life and education

Wizkid was born in Surulere, Lagos. Wizkid was born on 16 July 1990.

Wizkid grew up in a home with a Muslim father and a Christian mother.

Wizkid attended Ijebu Ode Grammar School; he listened to King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti and Bob Marley. As an Afrobeat singer, Wizkid has never been shy about his admiration for the Nigerian music legend Fela Kuti.

Did you know?

Wizkid went by the stage name Lil Prinz until 2006

In an interview with Tim Westwood, a UK Journalist, Wizkid revealed his father married three wives.

According to Wizkid, he started his music career by forming a group, the Glorious Five, with his church friends.

Throwback picture of Wizkid with his then-boss, Banky W.

Wizkid's rise to fame

Wizkid was adopted into the Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E), a Nigerian record label in 2009. Wizkid released his first hit single 'Holla at Your Boy' in 2011.

With the above song, Wizkid won the Next Rated award at The Headies 2011. Wizkid later released his debut album, Superstar, in 2011, which was a national hit album at the time.

Wizkid went ahead to release another hit album, Ayo, in September 2014.

Did you know?

In February 2014, Wizkid became the first-ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter. 

Wizkid's songs and albums

Wizkid has released and recorded 4 studio albums, they are listed below:

Superstar

In 2009, Wizkid started recording his debut studio album, ‘Super Star’. E.M.E released the Superstar album on June 12, 2011.

E.M.E was under the management of Banky W and Tunde Demuren at the time.

The superstar album became the second best-selling album on NotJustOK, a music download website.

Wizkid's Superstar album won the Best Album of the Year in the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2012.

Ayo

Ayo which literally means Joy in the Yoruba language was named after Wizkid following his first name, Ayodeji.

Ayo was released on September 17, 2014, under two record labels, Starboy Entertainment (founded by Wizkid) and Empire Mates Entertainment.

Sounds from the other side (SFTOS)

Wizkid recorded his third studio album, Sounds from the other side (STFOS) and released it on July 14, 2017.

SFTOS was released under three record labels Starboy Entertainment, RCA Records and Sony Music International.

The album featured foreign artists like Chris Brown, Bucie, Drake, Ty Dolla Sign. e.t.c

SFTOS was ranked 107 on the US Billboard 200 and 58 on Canadian Albums Charts.

Made in Lagos

Made in Lagos (MIL) is wizkid's 4th album that was released on 30th October 2020 under the Starboy Entertainment and RCA Records.

By the end of 2020, MIL was the number 1 album on the Native Mag and Vogue's 20 Best Albums of 2020.

Wizkid's record labels

As stated earlier, Wizkid signed up with E.M.E in 2009.

WIzkid left the E.M.E after his five-year contract ended with the label. On March 5, 2013, Wizkid founded the Star Boy entertainment record label.

Wizkid's Personal Awards

S/N

Award

Company

Year

1

Promising artist of the year

Dynamix All Youths Award

2010

2

Best new male artist

City People Entertainments Award

2011

3

Best new artist of the year

Nigeria Entertainment Awards

2011

4

Artist of the year

Dynamix All Youth Awards

2011

5

Best African Act

Music of black origin

2011

6

Best Pop/R$B Artist of the Year

Nigeria Entertainment Awards

2012

7

Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year

The Headies

2012

8

Artist of the Year

The Headies

2012

9

Best International Act Africa

BET Awards

2012

10

Hottest Single of the Year

Ojuelegba

Nigeria Entertainment Award

11

Video of the Year

Ojuelegba

African Muzik Magazine Awards

12

Song of the Year

Ojuelegba

African Muzik Magazine Awards

Wizkid's throwback picture with olamide

Wizkid's net worth

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