This biography of Wizkid provides detailed information about his childhood, life, girlfriend, achievements, fame, timeline and net worth.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun was born on the 16th July 1990, also known professionally as Wizkid is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
Real Name: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun
Also Known As: Lil Prinz
Born: 16 July 1990 (age 28)
City : Surulere, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Genres : Afrobeat Afropop reggae dancehall hip-hop pop
Occupation(s) : Singer songwriter performer
Labels : Starboy RCA Disturbing London E.M.E (former)
Associated acts : Maleek Berry Sarz Drake Legendury Beatz L.A.X Banky W. Shaydee Wale Wande Coal Tiwa Savage R2Bees Efya Runtown Spellz
Who is Wizkid?
He started recording music professionally at the age of 11 and was able to release a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed. In 2009, he signed a recording deal with Banky W.’s record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E).
Wizkid rose to stardom in 2010 with the release of the song “Holla at Your Boy” 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. Wizkid’s self-titled second studio album, Ayo, was released in September 2014 and was preceded by six singles: “Jaiye Jaiye”, “On Top Your Matter”, “One Question”, “Joy”, “Bombay” and “Show You the Money”.
In 2016, – Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, “One Dance”, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
In addition to his solo work, Wizkid has collaborated with several other artists and was featured on the hits “Girl” (with Bracket), “Fine Lady” (with Lynxxx), “Sexy Mama” (with Iyanya), “Slow Down” (with R2Bees), “The Matter” (with Maleek Berry), “Pull Over” (with KCee) and “Bad Girl” (with Jesse Jagz).
Following the release of his second studio album and expiration of his 5-year recording contract, Wizkid left E.M.E. On 1 March 2017, Billboard magazine reported that Wizkid signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records. The deal was first reported by several media outlets in September 2016.
The chairman and CEO of RCA Records, Peter Edge, somewhat confirmed the signing while speaking to Music Business Worldwide in January 2017.
He was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists. In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.
Moreover, he became the first Afrobeats artist to appeared in the 2018 Guinness World Records for his contribution to Drake’s hit song “One Dance.
Wizkid Childhood & Early Life
Wizkid was born on 16 July 1990 in Surulere, a residential and commercial area of Lagos. He grew up in an interfaith household with twelve female siblings. His mother is a Pentecostal Christian and his father practices Islam.
In a 2012 radio interview with Tim Westwood, he said that his father has three wives. During his upbringing, he listened to songs recorded by King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti, and Bob Marley. Wizkid started singing at age 11 and went by the stage name Lil Prinz until 2006. During an interview with Adesope of Factory 78 TV, Wizkid described his life in a nutshell.
He said he formed a group called the Glorious Five with a couple of his church friends. The group managed to release an album prior to disbanding. Wizkid later met OJB Jezreel, a record producer who prevented him from recording for a year.
While visiting OJB’s PointBeat Studios frequently, he watched 2 Face Idibia record songs for his Grass 2 Grace album.
He was also present during the recording sessions for Sound Sultan’s debut album, Jagbajantis. Wizkid cited Naeto C as one of the people who mentored and coached him when he was 15 years old. Wizkid also told Factory 78 TV that his parents weren’t receptive of his music from the onset.
In order to gain his father’s trust, he had to work hard and spend lots of time in the studio. Wizkid co-wrote Banky W’s “Omoge You Too Much”, a song off The W Experience album. He also worked with Naeto C, OJB Jezreel, Ikechukwu, and M.I while developing his craft. In 2009, Wizkid inked a record deal with Banky W.’s Empire Mates Entertainment.
In mid-2009, he dropped out of Lagos State University (LASU) to focus on his craft. He later attended Lead City University, but dropped out after completing two sessions.
In 2012, Wizkid signed a one-year endorsement deal with Pepsi reportedly worth 350,000 U.S dollars. He travelled to Beirut, Lebanon with Tiwa Savage for a Pepsi commercial shoot. On 28 May 2013, Premium Times reported that Wizkid signed a one-year deal with MTN Nigeria. Moreover, the news source reported that Wizkid’s Pepsi contract was renewed for another two years.
On 23 October 2013, BellaNaija reported that Wizkid signed an endorsement deal with Guinness for the “Guinness World of More” concert, which was held at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos on 3 November 2013. On 18 June 2015, Pulse reported that Wizkid ditched MTN and signed a ₦128 million deal with GLO.
The logo of Wizkid’s Starboy – Entertainment imprint.
On March 5, 2013, Charles Mgbolu (writer for Vanguard) reported that Wizkid had established its Starboy Entertainment label imprint. During an interview with Silverbird Television, Wizkid told Yvonne Vixen Ekwere that he plans to sign new acts to the label. Wizkid told Showtime Celebrity that he set up his own record label to give emerging artists a platform to showcase their talent. On April 17, 2013, Wizkid Maleek Berry signed to Starboy Entertainment.
Wizkid and Maleek Berry’s work credits include “Lagos to Soweto” and “The Matter”, among others. On April 29, 2013, Premium Times reported that Wizkid had signed producers Uzezi Oniko and Okiemute Oniko, popularly known as Legendury Beatz, to his imprint. He made the announcement via Twitter.
— Wizkid News 🌍 (@WizkidSource) April 13, 2020
On 9 May 2013, he unveiled photos of himself with the aforementioned acts signed. On 20 August 2013, Wizkid signed recording artist L.A.X to the label. He made the announcement moments after debuting the music video for “Caro”, the label’s first official single. On May 7, 2016, Wizkid announced the signings of Efya, R2Bees, and Mr Eazi to Starboy Entertainment. He made the announcement shortly after his performance at the 17th edition of the Ghana Music Awards.
The breakup,and departure
After Wizkid tweeted a subversive message and tweeted his Twitter account, reports of his departure with E.M.E went viral. Wizkid moved out of the E.M.E mansion in Lagos and acquired his own home in the Phase 1 Lekki area. Before Wizkid’s subliminal tweets, Banky W reassured fans by assuring them that nothing was amiss. Further, it was reported that troubles within E.M.E started as early as the 2012 all-star concert E.M.E.
It was also reported that money was at the center of the debate. On February 20, 2013, Information Nigeria reported that Wizkid got 25 percent of all performances, while Banky W and Segun Demuren got 50 percent. Osagie, the former Wizkid manager, was getting the remaining 25 percent.
After firing Osagie and hiring Godwin Tom (with whom he parted ways in April 2014, Wizkid wanted a 50-50 stake with Banky W. The source revealed that Banky W had refused to accept Wizkid’s offer.) In addition, Banky was reported W wanna do that find a manager for Wizkid who would receive 25 percent.
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It was also reported that things had started to go sour as a result of disagreement between the two parties. Nigerian Intelligence went on to report that Wizkid makes three shows weekly and brings in nearly ₦ 24 million every month. On April 30, 2013, Nigerian Entertainment Today reported that Wizkid and E.M.E had reunited after contract negotiations.
The news source also reported that Wizkid is performing alongside label friends Shaydee and DJ Xclusive in the Republic of Benin. In August 2014, Wizkid told Olisa Adibua that he will leave the label following the release of his second studio album, Ayo.
Wizkid Childhood Biography, Family, Early life & Facts — Car accident and Porsche
On 15 June 2013, Wizkid was involved in a non-life-threatening car accident along the Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lekki, Lagos. According to an article posted on Silverbird Television, Wizkid was hospitalised for a minor concussion resulting from the wreck.
According to eyewitness reports compiled by MTV Base, Wizkid’s Porsche Panamera was spotted speeding down the road; the car’s front tires blew out and resulted in the driver of the vehicle losing control and crashing into a road barrier.
Eyewitness reports also added that the car’s airbag suspension system deployed on impact, shielding Wizkid and the driver instantaneously. At the time of the incident, Wizkid and other passengers in the car were returning from the Soundcity Nokia LumiaBeat Party. The accident allegedly occurred around 3:30am in front of the GET Arena. As a result of the wreck, the car was badly damaged.
Pictures of the damaged vehicle surfaced on Instagram and Facebook. Vanguard reported that Wizkid acquired a Porsche Cayenne two weeks after the accident. He posted pictures of his new acquisition onto his Instagram page and tagged the pictures with the caption “#Blessed”.
Wizkid -Fatherhood controversy
On August 22, 2011, Nigerian Entertainment Today reported that Wizkid killed his first child at the age of 21. After a thorough investigation, the news source concluded that Wizkid had tricked Sola Ogudugu, an undergraduate at the time.
Furthermore, the news source added that several sources who are familiar with the “baby mama” and her family have told them they know about the relationship between the two parties. When the story began, Wizkid’s close friends and associates did not confirm the story because of DNA results that were pending at the time.
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Wizkid broke his silence on the story in several interviews. In an interview with the editor of Nigerian Entertainment Today, Wizkid denied having a child. In another interview conducted at Ogudu-GRA in Lagos, Wizkid said he doesn’t really want to get himself into that strange situation.
A week before denying the above allegations, Wizkid tweeted from his official Twitter handle.  In December 2012, he denied the baby scandal during an interview with Nonye Ben-Nwankwo of The Punch. In October 2013, Wizkid uploaded a photo of him and his 2-year-old son, Boluwatife Balogun, to his Instagram account.
The photo confirmed the alleged rumors and rumors that had been harbored for 2 years. The photo also justified Nigerian Entertainment Today, the news source that first covered the story.
He also has two other boys from two different women, which makes him the Father of Three boys.
Wizkid became engulfed in rifts with several artists including his boss Banky W and former label mate Skales. Other artists include Davido,Dammy Krane, Saeon,Tonto Dikeh, Samklef and blogger Linda Ikeji.
A victim of impersonation
On 19 June 2013, Wizkid and his managers were interrogated by Nigerian Police men. Doubling charges were leveled against them by a group of UNILAG students. The students claimed that Wizkid agreed to perform at UNILAG Sports Center on 21 May 2013 for a total of ₦ 500,000. They also claimed he did not show up for the show and did not return their money.
After conducting a thorough investigation, Police determined that Unilag students were bamboozled by con artists pretending to be affiliated with E.M.E. In the above interview with Showtime Celebrity, Wizkid commented on the events that emerged after the allegations. He told the media that the police were investigating the case. The top masters behind the imitation were later detained by law enforcement agents in Lagos.
In addition to cheating Unilag students, the perpetrators set up fake email accounts and social media. Wizkid also expanded on how someone can go about ordering it.
Nominations and Awards
Nigeria’s Wizkid, S.Africa’s Semenya take top MTV awards
List of awards and nominations received by Wizkid
Wizkid’s contribution to the Nigerian Music Industry has earned him several achievements. He is the recipient of two BET Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, two iHeartRadio Music Awards, one MTV Europe Music Award, four MTV Africa Music Awards, two SoundCity MVP Awards, three MOBO Awards, six The Headies Awards, two Channel O Music Video Awards, six Nigeria Entertainment Awards, two Ghana Music Awards, two Dynamix All Youth Awards, two City People Entertainment Awards, and a Future Award.
In addition, Wizkid was nominated five times at the MTV Europe Music Awards, three times at the American Music Awards, four times at the World Music Awards, and once at the Grammy Awards. Moreover, he received an ASCAP plaque for his songwriting contributions to Drake’s “One Dance”.
He got nominated six (6) categories of the 2017 Sound city award and won the ‘Digital Artiste of the Year’.
Sounds from the Other Side (2017)
Empire Mates State of Mind (2012) (with EME)
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REF : guardian.ng