Wizkid Biography

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Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (born 16 July 1990), known professionally as Wizkid, is a Nigerian music superstar, singer, and songwriter.  He is considered to be one of the top three Afrobeats artists from the African continent due to his influence in growing the music culture over the years.

Wizkid released a collaborative album with the Glorious Five (5) group which was founded by him and his church friends in 2009, Wizkid signed a record deal with Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E). Wizkid became a national sensation after he released Holla At Your Boy, the lead single in his chart-topping debut album

Wizkid Biography


Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (born July 16, 1990) is a Nigerian music Megastar. He is known professionally by his stage name Wizkid or Starboy, he is also addressed as  Big Wiz or Machala. He rose to the limelight after releasing “Holla at Your Boy”, the lead single from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011), The song which won him millions of fans.

In September 2014, Wizkid released a self-titled second studio album, titled ‘Ayo‘. The album was supported by six singles, including the song “Jaiye Jaiye”. Wizkid’s contract deal with E.M.E’s record expired in the year 2016 and he left the record in the same year.

He rose to the international limelight in 2016 after he lent his vocals to Drake‘s award-winning song, One Dance, which was a global hit.

Fast forward to the year 2021, Wizkid released His latest album, Made In Lagos, which has won him international acclaim as it reached number one on the Billboard World Album Chart.

One of the album’s singles, Essence featuring Tems, has become the first Nigerian song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, it was announced in February 2021 that Wizkid has attained the honor of being the most-streamed Nigerian artist on Spotify, amassing over 3.4 billion streams from all his works.

Wizkid’s Early Life


Wizkid was born to the family of Mr. Ibrahim Balogun (father) and Mrs. Jane Dolapo Balogun (mother) on the 16th Of July 1990. He was born into an inter-faith household, where his father practiced the Muslim religion while his mother adhered to the Christian faith. His parents christened him Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun.

A native of Ogun State in the South West region of Nigeria, he came from a large household as he has twelve siblings, who are all females. He was raised in a polygamous household in the Ojuelegba district of Surulere City in Lagos State. His father is married to three wives.

Wizkid attended Ijebu Ode Grammar School. While growing up he listened to King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti, and Bob Marley which inspired him most,  In a radio interview with Adesope of Factory 78 TV, Wizkid said he formed a group called the Glorious Five with a couple of his church friends. They managed to release an album prior to disbanding.

Real Fact About Wizkid


Full Name: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun
Stage Name: Wizkid
Born: 16 July 1990 (age 32 years old)
Place of Birth: Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria
State Of Origin: Ogun state
Nationality: Nigerian
Parents: Ibrahim Balogun, Jane Dolapo Balogun
Children: Boluwatife Balogun, Zion Ayo-Balogun, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun Jr.
Height: 1.62 m
Siblings: Yetunde Balogun, Lade Balogun
Girlfriend • Wife: Tonto DikehSeyi ShayTiwa Savage, Oluwanisola Ogudugu (ex.), Binta Diallo (ex.), Jada Pollock (curr.), Tems (rum.)
Occupation: Singer • Songwriter
Net Worth: $30,000,000

 

Wizkid’s Educational Backgurad


Wizkid hailed from a financially comfortable family, which afforded him to be educated at top private schools in Surulere for his primary and secondary education.

He got admission to Lagos State University but unfortunately, he dropped out of the school in 2009. He later applied to Lead City University, Ibadan, and was offered admission, and managed to study for two academic sessions before withdrawing from the institution to pursue his music.

Wizkid’s Career


Wizkid signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment in 2019 which was owned and managed by Banky W. He first gave the world a taste of his exceptional songwriting skill when he co-wrote the single, Omoge You Too Much, one of the songs of Banky W‘s album – The W Experience. That same year he began recording his debut album titled Superstar and released the project’s lead single, Holla At Your Boy, on the 2nd Of January 2010. he won the Next Rated Artist award at The Headies in 2011.

Wizkid embarked on a tour in London alongside his label mates, SkalesShaydeeBanky W, and Niyola. He also worked with his label mates to record E.M.E‘s compilation album titled, Empire Mates State Of The Mind, which was released in 2012.

Fast forward to October 2021, he released his fourth studio album, Made In Lagos, which was a commercial success internationally, as the album found its way to the number-one position on Billboard World Album Chart. One of the project’s singles, Essence, featuring fellow Nigerian singer, Tems, became the first Nigerian song to appear on Billboard Hot 100. The song also made it to the top ten spots after the remix with Justin Bieber. In February 2021, he was the most-streamed Nigerian artist of all time on Spotify, garnering over 3.4 billion streams across the songs on his discography.

The Legendary Nigerian singer, Wizkid was formerly signed by Banky W to Empire Mate Entertainment (EME) in 2009 and rose to fame with “Holla At Your Boy,” a single off his Superstar Album. He left the label EME due to contract differences and started his own record label StarBoy.

Wizkid’s Net Worth


As one of Africa’s most significant artists and music executives, Wizkid is a very wealthy man. He earns a lot of royalties from his songs and makes money from organizing shows and performing at shows across the world.

Wizkid‘s net worth is estimated to be having a net worth of US30 million.

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Rechibee
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Nwede Chinedu Mishach Popularly known as Rechibee is a Nigerian Content Editor and an Entertainment reporter at Wakadaily. He is a passionate journalist with a core interest in Special reports, Biography, and music journalism.

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