WAyodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as Wizkid is a Nigerian musician, songwriter, recording artiste, stage performer and model. He was born on the 16th of July, 1990 in Surulere area of Lagos. The 28 year old is one of the greatest musicians ever to emerge from Nigeria. He started his music career at the age of 11 when he became involved in his local church choir. He later formed his own music group which he called the “Glorious Five”. His parents were initially skeptical about his chosen career path as music those days was not seen as a viable profession. Wizkid remained undeterred and forged ahead despite protests from his parents. He quickly rose to the top of his chosen career propelled by his talent. 2010 was the year that he finally arrived on the music scene in Nigeria and he hasn’t looked back ever since. He has gone on to achieve international fame, selling out large event venues and touring all over the world.
Full Name: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun
Stage Name: Wizkid
Nationality: Nigeria (Lagos State)
Source of Wealth: Music and Record Label
Net Worth: $14 million
Marital Status: Single
Top Nigerian music act Wizkid was born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun on the 16th of July 1990, in Surulere area of Lagos, Nigeria. Some sources however put his date of birth as 16th July 1989. Wizkid was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother. He was raised in a polygamous family as his father has three wives. The young Ibrahim chose to follow his mother to church and began singing in his church choir at the young age of 11 years. It was while he was in his church choir that his vocal prowess was identified. He became the lead singer in the church choir. While still in the church choir, he began to set himself up for a career in the music industry as he produced an album. He alongside 4 of his friends from church formed a music group called “Glorious Five”. Ayo Balogun recorded his first album, a 7 track album under the name “Lil Prinz”. After going by a couple of stage names, he eventually settled for Wizkid. He announced his arrival in the music industry in the year 2009 when he successfully collaborated with renowned rapper M.I. The two highly talented artistes worked together to deliver the award-winning track “Fast Money”. His next single titled Holla at Your Boy released in 2010 proved to be a massive hit and laid the foundation for what was to come. He won the Next Rated award at the 2011 Hoodies ceremony and was also nominated for Best Pop Single at the same awards show. The music video for the same song, Holla at Your Boy was also nominated for award of Most Gifted Newcomer Video at the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards. The song also earned nomination for Best Afro Pop Video at the 2011 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA). His debut album titled Starboy was released in 2011 and the album remains one of the best debut albums ever released in Nigeria. Wizked has grown tremendously over the years as an artiste, earning international collaboration with famous international acts as well as top rated local acts. He has featured on a track with famous names such as 2Face Idibia, Naeto C, Sound Sultan, award-winning producer OJB, Drake, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, French Montana, Kranium, Ty Dolla $ign etc. In 2016, Wizkid became the first Nigerian artiste to feature on Billboard’s Twitter Last 24 hours chart following his guest feature on Drake’s afrobeat-infused One Dance single, which also debuted at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by the month of May same year and maintained that position for 10 non-consecutive weeks. The One Dance song also became an international hit, topping charts in at least 15 different countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany. Let’s talk about some other areas of Wizkid’s life apart from music. He is not yet married but he is the father of 3 boys born by three different women. This is not unusual though as famous men with the same level of success and personal charm as Wizkid tend to have crowds of female fans chasing after them. His first son named Boluwatife Balogun was born by Oluwanisola Ogudugu in 2011. Sola herself was still a teenager aged 19 then and Wizkid initially denied being the father of the boy until a DNA test proved otherwise after over 2 years of fighting between both Wizkid and Sola’s families. His second son is named Ayodeji Balogun, he was born by Binta Diallo in 2016. Once again Wizkid requested a paternity test before he eventually accepted the boy as his son. The birth of his third son named Zion Ayo Balogun in 2017 didn’t create much issues as he quickly accepted the boy as his son. Baby Zion’s mother is Jada Pollock who is also Wizkid’s manager. Jada Pollock is a brand consultant from Great Britain who used to work with the likes of Chris Brown and Pia Mia before she started the same consultancy work with Starboy. The association between the two began in 2014 and by 2017, they were already having an intimate affair leading to the birth of baby Zion in November 2017. Wizkid has tattoos of the names of this three boys on his body to show how much he loves them.
Wizkid Awards And Nominations
Some of the awards and nominations Wizkid has received so far in the course of his career will be listed here. So far, Wizkid has won:
2 city people entertainment Awards
2 BET Awards
2 Channel O musics Video Awards
2 Ghana Music Awards
3 MOBO Awards
6 Headies Awards
1 Future Awards
2 IHeartRadio Music Awards
2 SoundCity MVP Awards
2 Dynamix All Youth Awards
3 BillBoards Music Awards
1 MTV Europe Music Awards.
He has been nominated for the following awards also:
MTV Europe Music Awards(Five Times)
American Music Awards (Thrice)
World Music Awards (Four Times)
Gammy Awards (Once)
He was nominated also in six(6) Categories of the 2017 Sound City Awards where he won The digital Artiste Of The Year.
Wizkid Net Worth
Let’s look at his net-worth. Currently, it is estimated that Wizkid has garnered over $14 million in his career so far. His net-worth is put at $14 million which is about N5 billion. He reportedly charges about N6 million as appearance fee per show which makes him one of the highest charging artistes in the country. He even charges far more than that for foreign shows. Wizkid has also ventured into other things that fetch him more money outside of music. He is a record label boss himself as he founded his own music label called Star-boy Entertainment in 2013. He also makes a lot of money off endorsement deals he signed with top brands. In the year 2012, Wizkid signed a one-year deal valued at $350,000 dollars with Pepsi. In 2013, he signed a N110 million deal with South African Telecoms company, MTN. In June 2015, Wizkid ditched MTN and signed a N128 million deal with GLO, a rival indigenous telecoms company. Wizkid also signed a deal with Guinness for the “Guinness World of More” concert.
Wizkid Cars And Houses
Wizkid is the proud owner of two massive and expensive mansions located in Lekki, Nigeria and in Los Angeles, USA. The mansion in Lekki is valued to be about N70 million. He also owns a collection of exotic cars including a BMWX6 Hyundai Sonata, Bentley, and Porsche Panamera.
Wizkid has been romantically linked with so many beautiful ladies over the years. First he was linked to Sophie Rammal then later to Sola Ogudugu, who gave birth to his first child. Other women rumoured to have been in a relationship with Wizkid include: Tonto Dikeh, Victoria Kimani, Binta Diamond Diallo, Hudda Monroe, Chidinma Ekile, Seyi Shay, Tania Omotayo and US-singer, Justine Skye.
How Tall Is Wizkid?
Some may be wondering how tall Wizkid really is, he is only 5”4 tall but musically, he is a giant!
His greatest rival is none other than David Adeleke aka Davido. These two superstars are embroiled in the greatest rivalry yet in the history of modern music in Nigeria. This rivalry has often divided fans and is the reason why music lovers in Nigeria and by extension are yet to enjoy a music collaboration between these two superstar acts. Hopefully they will bury the hatchet soon.
Wizkid is no doubt one of Africa’s biggest music stars today. He has made a name for himself despite coming from very humble background. At just 28 years of age currently, there’s plenty left of the star for us to enjoy.