Wizkid (full name Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and performer.
Wizkid was born on the 16th of July 1990 into the polygamous family of Balogun in Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria.
He started his music career as far back as when he was just 11 years old and like most artists, he started singing in church. His first ever released song was recorded with renowned artist OJB Jezreel and then he went on to record and release a 7 track album. Although at the time he was using the name “Lil’Prinz” as his stage name.
He eventually dropped the name for “Wizkid” and in 2006 he began to revive his singing career. He worked his way to being noticed and so he caught the attention of other prominent artists in the industry.
And then in 2009 he got signed on to Banky W’s record label- Empire Mates Entertainment. Then he released “Holla at Your Boy”, the song caught the attention of almost every Nigerian and remained a favourite for months after its release. He stayed with the label and under Banky W’s tutelage released other singles and albums that brought him even more acclaim.
He however left the label in 2013 to start his own label-S Star Boy Entertainment. He even signed other artists to his label, some of which include MaleekBerry and L.A.X.
He has also started to receive international recognition with his collaborations with artists like Drake and deal with international music giant- SONY Music.
Wizkid also stands to be one of the most awarded Nigerian artists. Some of his awards include. By June 2017 he had bagged 44 awards from 157 nominations. They include;
- Two BET Awards
- Three Billboard Music Awards
- Two iHeartRadio Music Awards
- One MTV Europe Music Awards
- Four MTV Africa Music Awards
- Two SoundCity MVP Awards
- One African Pride Award
- Two MOBO Award
- Six The Headies Award
- Two Channel O Music Video Awards
- Six Nigeria Entertainment Awards
- Two Ghana Music Awards
- Twp Dynamix All Youth Awards
- Two City People Entertainment Awards
- One Future Award
Wizkid has also been nominated once at the Grammy Awards.
Wizkid’s Net Worth is estimated to be a staggering N2.8 billion.