Wizkid Biography and Networth.
Who is Wizkid
Wizkid (Starboy) also known as Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer who has transformed the Nigerian music industry. Wizkid has collaborated with international singers like Chris Brown, Drake and Beyoncé.
Wizkid Date of Birth
Wizkid was born on 16th July 1990(32 years)
Wizkid State of Origin
Wizkid was born in Ojuelegba Surulere in Lagos.
Wizkid Family & Relationship
Father: Mr Ibrahim Dolapo. His father is a Sunni Muslim
Mother: Jane Dolapo. His mother is a Christian and attends Pentecostal church.
His father is married to three different women. He is the youngest child of his father and has twelve female siblings. He is also his father’s sole male kid.
Wizkid has been linked to various women, including fashion designer Tania Omotayo and his manager Jada Pollock.
Wizkid Children: Ayodeji Balogun, Boluwatife Balogun, Zion Balogun.
Wizkid attended Ijebu Ode Grammar School. Wizkid attended university but did not complete his studies. He gained admission into Lagos State University. After that, however, he dropped out of the university and gained admission he was a 200L student at Lead City University studying International Studies until 2010, when he dropped out and pursued a career in music.
Wizkid Music Career
He signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) after dropping out of university in 2009. In the same year, he began work on his debut studio album under the stage name ‘Wizkid,’ titled ‘Superstar.’ On January 2, 2010, he released the album’s lead song, “Holla at Your Boy.” The second single from the album, ‘Tease Me/Bad Guy,’ was released on April 2, 2010, while the third single, ‘Don’t Dull,’ was released on December 6, 2010. On June 12, 2011, the complete album was released under the EME label. The CD had songs in both English and Yoruba.
He inked an endorsement deal with Pepsi in 2012, reportedly worth $350,000 USD. The same year, he began production on his second studio album, ‘Ayo.’ The album’s original title was ‘Chosen,’ but it was eventually changed to ‘Ayo.’ The album’s debut song, ‘Jaiye Jaiye,’ was released on May 2, 2013, and featured Nigerian musician Femi Kuti. The album came out on September 6, 2014. Artists such as Femi Kuti, Banky W, Seyi Shay, Phyno, Tyga, Akon, and Wale make appearances.
On March 5, 2013, he announced the launch of his own record label, ‘Star Boy Entertainment.’ He signed sponsorship arrangements with mobile network MTN and beer manufacturer Guinness the same year.
On January 5, 2015, he released the music video for ‘Ojuelegba,’ a song off his album ‘Ayo.’ The remix version of the song features guest vocals from Canadian rapper Drake and English rapper Skepta. In April 2015, he collaborated and performed with American musician Chris Brown on a song titled ‘African Bad Gyal’ at Brown’s concert in Durban, South Africa. In May 2015, he released a song called ‘Expensive Shit’ and announced plans to release an EP.
He contributed guest vocals to Drake’s single “One Dance” in 2016, and was also engaged in its writing and production. On May 12, 2016, the song peaked at number one on the ‘Billboard US Hot 100’ chart. The song reached the top of the charts in 15 different nations, becoming him Nigeria’s most successful pop artist. He released the tune ‘Like This’ on Drake’s OVO Radio on June 5, 2016. On July 14, 2017, he released his third album titled ‘Sounds from the Other Side’ on all digital platforms.
Achievements and awards
Wizkid has received various awards both in Nigeria and overseas throughout his career. In 2012 and 2017, he received the BET Award for Best International Act. In 2011, and 2016, he received the MOBO Award for Best African Act. He has also won multiple MTV Africa Music Awards, including Best Male Artist in 2014 and 2016.
Wizkid has been nominated for a number of significant prizes, including the Grammys. He was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2020 after appearing on Beyoncé’s “The Lion King: The Gift” album.
Wizkid’s net worth is believed to be US$35,000,000.
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