Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known by his stage name, Wizkid, is one of Nigeria's most decorated music star. WizKid is admired by many for his followers for his effective vocals and meaningful yet subtle lyrics. Today's write-up features on Wizkid Networth and biography, with deep emphasis on his music career.
Ayodeji Balogun reportedly started his music career at age eleven and has in the course of his career made some history for himself. He's been involved in several grievances with several of his industry contemporaries including Davido
. Aside industry squabbles which are most of the times for a short while, WizKid has had himself entangled in various relationship controversies. These have dented his personality but had no overall negative effect on the musician's reputation. His biography and life stories are as follows:
|Birth name||Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun|
|Date of birth||16 July 1990|
|Place Of Birth||Surulere , Lagos|
|Children||3 (Boluwatife Balogun, Ayodeji Balogun, Zion Balogun)|
|Present record labels||Starboy Entertainment|
|Previous labels||Empire Mates Entertainment|
|Net worth||30 million dollars|
Surulere, Lagos state is the birth place of Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. He was birthed on a Monday, exactly on 16th of July 1990.
According to reports, he is born into a family comprising of more than twelve siblings, with about twelve of them being females. The dad is reported to be a husband to three women. Meanwhile, while his father is a practicing Muslim, his mother is a Christian.
During his early years as a child, Wizkid listened to King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti and Bob Marley music thereby spurring him up towards the career path. He attended Ijebu Ode Grammar School and it was during his youthful age that he organised a group of five music lovers into a band called the 'glorious five'. He went with the stage name Lil Prinz until 2006.
It was during his frequent visits to record producer, OJB Jezreel's OJB Point Beat Studios that he observed Face Idibia record songs for his Grass 2 Grace album. He also observed South Sultan during the singer's recording sessions for his debut album Jagbajantis.
According to the singer, Naeto C mentored him in 2005, and four years down the line in 2009, he signed with Empire Mates Entertainment.
Mid-2009, Wizkid dropped out of the Lagos State University (LASU). And in another education pursuit, at Lead City University, he only did two sessions before he had to withdrew as well.
Wizkid Relationship and Children
Wizkid is known to have several children, and they are all from different mothers. The music star has about three children, all gotten from his baby mamas, as he's had no known plan yet of settling down into marriage.
This isn't something new as individuals of repute have always distanced themselves from committing into a relationship. Instead they find delight in sharing affection with various women, unraveling these on social media.
Oluwanisola Ogudugu is Davido first baby mama, and he's the mother to the singer's first child and son, Boluwatife Balogun. Media reports has it that the boy was born in 2011, at a time the mother was just 19 years of age. Also reported is that the father, Wizkid, had several altercations with the girl's family for about two years and that culminated to a DNA test being conducted. Proven to be his child, Wizkid now renders care to his first son, and many a times these have been brought to public glare on social media.
Wizkid second child and son is Ayodeji Balogun. Ayodeji was born in 2016 to Guinean-American model Binta Diallo, and as usual, the birth had been subject to controversies. A DNA test was carried out on the child and dad, with the result going positive.
Jada Pollock, a brand consultant from Britain is Wizkid third baby mama. She is the mother to Zion, Wizkid third son which was the product of an affair the had in 2017. The lady which earlier had consultancy cooperation with Chris Brown and Pia Mia began a similar work with the Nigerian singer in 2014.
Wizkid Record labels
Wizkid is known to be signed to a single record label, the one he owns. He had earlier completed his deal with Empire Mates Entertainment in 2014, haven been in the label for five years.
Starboy Entertainment is WizKid's record label, and he has successfully signed some prominent artiste to the label. Among those signed include Maleek Berry, Efya, R2Bees, and Legendury Beatz.
While signed to Empire Mates Entertainment, Wizkid released his debut album titled ‘Superstar’ in 2009. The album's lead single "Holla at Your Boy" was released on 2 January 2010. The song got nominated for Best Pop Single at The Headies 2011 and at the same event, it got him the Next Rated award. Due to this same single, Wizkid got nominated for Most Gifted Newcomer Video at the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards. Meanwhile, the second and third single in the album is "Tease Me/Bad Guys" and "Don't Dull" both released on 2 April 2010 and 6 December 2010 respectively.
WizKid's second studio album got named Ayo and was recorded between 2012 and 2014. The album features artistes like Femi Kuti, Banky W., Seyi Shay, Phyno, Tyga, Akon and Wale. On 2 May 2013, "Jaiye Jaiye" became the first single to be released from the album. "On Top Your Matter" was later released, on October 26, 2013 as the album's second single.
Wizkid released “One dance,” a single he collaborated with drake with the song peaking on Billboard hot 100 chart for ten consecutive weeks. The song also led charts in 15 different countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France and Germany.
WizKid signed a record deal with RCA Records in March 2017. Later that same year, he released his third studio album 'Sounds from the Other Side' on 14 July 2017. Among the tracks in the album is "Come Closer" which he featured Drake.
In 2019, he featured on Beyoncé 's "Brown Skin Girl" and he went on to release singles "Joro," "Smile," and "Ghetto Love".
Wizkid is the most streamed artiste on Spotify.
WizKid's Net Worth 2021
As of February 2021, Wizkid is worth an estimated value of $31 million. He owns a N13 million house which is located in Surulere, Lagos including several others overseas which are worth millions of dollars.
Awards and Recognitions
Some of the recognition received by the singer include:
- MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act 2016
- The Headies Award for Artiste of the Year 2021, 2016
- BET Award for Best International Act: Africa 2017, 2012
- The Headies Award for Best Collabo 2018 Ma Lo
- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group 2020; BROWN SKIN GIRL
- MTV Europe Music Award for Best Worldwide Act 2016
- Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Song 2016
- Nigeria Entertainment Award for Hottest Single of the Year 2015, 2014 Ojuelegba, Pull Over
- Top Naija Music Award for Best Collaboration with "A" List Artiste 2015, Boogie Down
- Echo Award for Song of the Year 2017, One Dance
- MTV Africa Music Award for Best Male 2016
- MTV Africa Music Award for Best Collaboration 2016, Soweto Baby
- iHeartRadio Music Award for Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year 2017, One Dance
- The Headies Award for Viewer’s Choice 2021, 2018, Come Closer
- The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year 2017
- MTV Africa Music Award for Artist of the Year 2016
- Billboard Music Award for Top Streaming Song (Audio) 2017, One Dance
- The Headies Award for Best R&B/Pop Album 2018, 2016, Sounds from the Other Side, Ayo
- Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Collaboration 2017, One Dance
- Nigeria Entertainment Award for Male Artist of the Year 2015
- City People Entertainment Award for Pop Artiste of the Year 2015
- MuchMusic Video Award for iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Year 2017, One Dance
- Soul Train Music Awards: The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award 2019, BROWN SKIN GIRL
- Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song 2017, One Dance
- iHeartRadio Music Award for Hip-Hop Song of the Year 2017, One Dance
- BET Her Award 2020, BROWN SKIN GIRL
- Soul Train Music Award for Video of the Year 2020, BROWN SKIN GIRL
- The Headies Award for Song of the Year 2016, Ojuelegba.
Davido, Wizkid and Burna boy are considered the best artistes in the country