Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (born 16 July 1990), known professionally as Wizkid (sometimes stylised asWizKid), is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
Wizkid,s professional music career started at age 11. He managed releasing a collaborative album with the Glorius Five, a group he and a couple of his Church friends formed.
Like most artist, Wizkid’s career started early, he sang in the Church as well. Wizkid’s first ever released song was recorded with Legendary artist OJB Jazreel, he also went on to release a 7 track album at the time. Wizkid hasn’t always been known by his popular name, back then he was known by the stage name name “Lil’Prinz”.
In 2006 he began to revive his singing career and finally dropped the name “Lil’Prinz” for Wizkid. Wizkid worked his way to the top of the ladder and caught the attention of other prominent artists in the industry.
The multi-talented artist had his big break in 2009, after a successful collaboration with M.I Abaga on the award-winning track “Fast Money” which not only went ahead to receive many nominations and awards but also received a lot of airplay both in Nigeria as well as in many other African countries.
2010 was a great year for Wizkid, the year he graced our airways with Holla at Your Boy. Holla at Your Boy earned him the Next Rated award at the 2011 Headies and he was nominated for Best Pop Single at the aforementioned awards show.
The music video for the same song was nominated for Most Gifted Newcomer Video at the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards. It was also nominated for Best Afro Pop Video at the 2011 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA).
Wizkid’s music career has grown astronomically, he’s had the privilege of working with famous artists both locally and internationally. Locally, Wizkid has worked with likes of 2face Idibia, Naeto C, Sound Sultan, award-winning producer OJB, among others.
On the international scene Wizkid has scored many goals, working with the likes of Drake, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, French Montana, Kranium, Ty Dolla Sign etc.
2016 saw Wizkid become Nigeria’s first artist to emerge on Billboard’s Twitter last 24 hours chart following his guest feature on Drake’s afrobeat-infused One Dance single, which appeared at number 21. By May, the song had reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position it maintained for 10 non-consecutive weeks.
The success of One Dance was phenomenal, and went on to become an international hit, topping the charts in 15 different countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany.
Awards And Nominations
The African star boy is a recipient of two City People Entertainment Awards, two BET Awards, two Channel O Music Video Awards, two Ghana Music Awards, three MOBO Awards, six The Headies Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, six Nigeria Entertainment Awards, four MTV Africa Music Awards, a Future Award, two iHeartRadio Music Awards, two SoundCity MVP Awards, two Dynamix All Youth Awards, and one MTV Europe Music Award.
He has also been nominated for:
MTV Europe Music Awards (five times)
American Music Awards (thrice)
World Music Awards (four times)
Grammy Awards (once)
He was also nominated for six (6) categories of the 2017 Sound city award and he won the ‘Digital Artiste of the Year’.
The Starboy’s net worth is an estimated $14 million – that is about N5 billion. He reportedly charges N6 million per show. Apart from his music career, Wizkid has other ventures that have brought him money.
Wizkid is CEO of Starboy Entertainment founded in 2013. He also has an enormous amount of endorsements to his name. In 2012, he signed a one-year endorsement deal with Pepsi reportedly worth $350,000.
In 2013, Wizkid bagged a N110 million contract with MTN. In 2015, the singer became one of Globacom’s brand ambassador for N180 million.
Cars And House
The multi-talented musician owns two massive and quite expensive mansions. One in Lekki and the other one in Los Angeles. The Lekki mansion is said to be worth N70 million.
Wizkid who undoubtedly a fan of big toys has in his collection; a Black Honda Accord I-VTEC, Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes 2012 Compressor, BMW X6, Hyundai Sonata, Bentley, and Porsche Panamera.
Wizkid has been linked with so many ladies since his music career began. He was first linked to Sophie Rammal then Sola Ogudugu, with whom he has a child. Others include Tonto Dikeh, Victoria Kimani, Binta Diamond Diallo, Hudda Monroe, Chidinma Ekile, Seyi Shay, Tania Omotayo. The Starboy is said to be currently dating US-singer, Justine Skye.