All You Need To Know About Nigerian Superstar Wizkid
Born to a Nigeria parents as Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun; Wizkid is a professional Nigerian artiste best known for his proficiency as a songwriter and singer. A native of the Yoruba tribe, Wizkid is said to have begun recording music before his teens. At a tender age, Wizkid formed a music group –known as Glorious Five –with some of his colleagues in church. Back in 2009 and apparently before he rose to popularity, Wizkid was signed to E.M.E (Empire Mates Entertainment) –a record label owned by RnB star Banky W. After the release of “Holla at Your Boy’’ in 2010, Wizkid ascended the Nigerian music scene with great prominence. Meanwhile, Wizkid’s debut single “Holla at Your Boy’’ was released as part of his first album titled Superstar.
Following the immense recognition he earned after the release of “Holla at Your Boy’’, Wizkid took to the music scene and released singles like “Pakurumo’’, “Tease Me/Bad Guys’’, “Oluwa Lo Ni’’, “Love My Baby’’ and “Don’t Dull’’ to complement his first album. Prior to the release of his second album –which he entitled “Ayo’’ –Wizkid released a number of singles including “One Question’’, “Show You the Money’’, “Jaiye Jaiye’’, “Bombay’’, “Joy’’ and “On Top Your Matter’’.
Early Life and Family Background
Wizkid was born in the Lagos area of Surulere on 16th of July 1990. Wizkid was raised in an inter-religious family comprising a Christian mother and a Muslim father. Interestingly, Wizkid is the only male child of his father –a polygamous man with 12 daughters. During his childhood, Wizkid enjoyed listening to the songs produced by music legends such as Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade. Prior to the change of his stage name in 2006, Wizkid was previously known as Lil Prinz.
Related: Wizkid Net Worth
Wizkid has been on the payrolls of some important endorsement brands. In 2012, Pepsi reportedly signed him to an endorsement deal. With the estimated worth of $350,000, the deal lasted one year. Meanwhile, the deal took Wizkid –alongside female artiste Tiwa Savage –to Lebanon to stage a commercial shoot for Pepsi.
In 2013, an announcement by Premium Times confirmed that MTN Nigeria had signed Wizkid to an endorsement deal expected to last for one year. Meanwhile, it was further declared that Pepsi had renewed its endorsement deal with Wizkid and this would make the star artiste a Pepsi ambassador for two more years. Besides Pepsi and MTN Nigeria, Wizkid was awarded endorsement contracts by Guinness in 2013 and Glo in 2015.
Awards and Nominations
|AWARDS||NO OF TIMES WON|
|1. MTV Africa Music Awards||4 Times|
|2. BET Awards||2 Times|
|3. SoundCity MVP Awards||2 Times|
|4. Billboard Music Awards||3 Times|
|5. iHeartRadio Music Awards||2 Times|
|6. City People Entertainment Awards||2 Times|
|7. Dynamix All Youths Awards||2 Times|
|8. Ghana Music Awards||2 Times|
|9. Nigeria Entertainment Awards||6 Times|
|10. Channel O Music Video Awards||2 Times|
|11. MOBO Awards||3 Times|
|12. MTV Europe Music Awards||Once|
|13. Future Award||Once|
|14. The Headies Awards||6 Times|
|NOMINATIONS||NO OF TIMES NOMINATED|
|1. World Music Awards||4 Times|
|2. Grammy Awards||Once|
|3. MTV Europe Music Awards||5 Times|
|4. American Music Awards||4 Times|
Wizkid has done music with a number of artistes within and beyond Africa. Some of the Nigerian artistes Wizkid has featured with are KCee, Iyanya, Lynxx and Bracket. Also on the international scene, Wizkid has featured with R2Bees, Maleek Berry, Efya, Drake, Chris Brown and few others.
|SINGLES||ARTISTE(S) FEATURED||YEARS OF RELEASE||ASSOCIATED ALBUMS|
|1. African Bad Gyal||Chris Brown||2017||Sound from the Other Side|
|2. Come Closer||Drake||2017||Sound from the Other Side|
|3. Show You The Money||2014||Ayo|
|4. Naughty Ride||Major Lazer||2017||Sound from the Other Side|
|5. Sweet Love||2017||Sound from the Other Side|
|6. Daddy Yo||Efya||2016||Sound from the Other Side|
|7. Oluwa Lo Ni||2012||Superstar|
|8. On Top Your Matter||2013||Ayo|
|9. Jaiye Jaiye||2013||Ayo|
|10. Love My Baby||2011||Superstar|
|11. Holla at Your Boy||2010||Superstar|
|13. Don’t Dull||2010||Superstar|
|14. Tease Me/Bad Guys||2010||Superstar|
|15. One Question||Yemi Sax||2014||Ayo|
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