Nigerian singer/songwriter Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (aka Wizkid) began his career in music when he was just 11 years old. His first record, Lil Prinz, was recorded in 2001 in collaboration with Glorious Five, a group consisting of Balogun and his friends from church. In 2006, he started pursuing music full-time, at first collaborating with various Nigerian pop acts including OJB Jezreel, Naeto C, and Banky W. By 2011 he was ready to record his debut studio album as a solo artist; Superstar was released via Empire Mates Entertainment (EME for short) to great critical and public acclaim across Africa, propelling him to stardom in his home country. After multiple delays and label disagreements, Balogun released his sophomore album, Ayo, in 2014. His second studio album featured a multitude of guest appearances, including a spot from Femi Kuti. It also featured Balogun’s global breakthrough track “Ojuelegba.” Not only did the single cement his status as one of Nigeria’s biggest pop acts, but it was also picked up and remixed by Drake and Skepta, thrusting Wizkid into the international spotlight. In return, Wizkid appeared on Drake’s 2016 smash single “One Dance.” In March 2017, it was announced that Wizkid had signed a major deal with RCA and Sony International, which would release his third LP, Sound from the Other Side, later that year. A handful of singles appeared in advance of the album, including “Sweet Love” and the Drake-assisted “Come Closer.” October 2018 saw Wizkid issue a pair of singles, “Master Groove” and “Fever,” to mark Nigeria’s Independence Day. The following year, he joined Beyoncé and Saint Jhn for The Lion King: The Gift track “Brown Skin Girl” and issued his own single, “Joro.”
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.’
Starboy’s net worth is estimated at $ 14 million, or about 5 billion nairas. It is said to charge 6 million nairas per show. In addition to his music career, Wizkid has other projects that have made him money.
For example, he has his brand, Starboy Entertainment, which was founded in 2013. His countless mentions have also made him a lot of money.
In 2012, he signed a one-year warranty contract with Pepsi for $ 350,000.
In 2013, he signed a 110 million naira contract with MTN.
In 2015, the singer became the spokesperson for the Globacom brand for a value of 180 million nairas.
Wizkid CAR AND HOUSE
The versatile musician has two large and expensive residences. One in Lekki and the other in Los Angeles. Lekki’s mansion is worth 70 million naira.
Wizkid, who has a penchant for beautiful cars, has the following 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.
HOW TALL IS WIZKID?
The Starboy is not one of the tallest in the industry, and he is 5″ 4 tall.
With all the above information, Wizkid is unquestionably one of the musicians to watch out for now as well as in the future.
— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) March 3, 2020