Wizkid is one of Nigeria’s most prominent musical exports who has become an international brand and inspiration to a lot of upcoming musicians.This article is about his biography, music career, net worth and many more that you need to know about this young Nigerian artiste.
Wizkid whose names are Adedeji Ibrahim Balogun was born in 1990 in Surulere area of Lagos State of Nigeria to the family of a Christian mother and a Muslim father.
Invariably, Wizkid happened to be the only male child of his father who has so many children as a polygamist. During Wizkid’s growing up stages in Surulere area of Lagos State he formed a group with his church colleagues called the ‘Glorious Five’.
His ability to form this group at such a tender age stood him out as a talented and gifted person, which he has lived up until date in an exceptional manner.
Full Name: Adedeji Ibrahim Balogun
State of Origin- Lagos State
Marital Status- single
Date of Birth- 16th July, 1990
Age- 28 years
Record Label- Star Boy
Most artiste usually start their music career at a very tender age and Wizkid was no exception as his passion and love for music, started with him ardently listening to the songs of King Sunny Ade aka KSA and Fela Anikolapo kuti aka Abami Eda. These were just a few of the great and legendary musicians who inspired Wizkid to become the success he is today..
Wizkid, however, came into limelight in the industry in 2010 when he released his hit single titled ‘Hola at your boy’ and ever since he has remained consistent, turning out hits upon hits and endearing himself to the heart of his fans across the globe.
Before Wizkid came into limelight he was going by the stage name ‘Lil Prinz’ until he decided to change his stage name to ‘Wizkid’, which he bears until date. This name has become a household name and has brought him fame and fortune.
Wizkid suffered a lot of setbacks from his parents as they refused to see and appreciate his talent early enough; and he hard to work so hard on his craft to prove them wrong. Again, because of his ardent love for his music career, he chose his music over his academics a decision which didn’t go well with his parents initially.
He endured a lot of hardship growing up in Ojuelegba area of Surulere, Lagos; and this inspired his single ‘Ojuelegba’ as he had to acknowledge his roots ; and the difficult moments he encountered while growing up.
Wizkid has dropped too many hit songs; and is one of the most sought after artists for collaborations both in the country and outside.
Some of the artists he has done collaborations with include; Wande Coal, Runtown, R2Bees, Banky W, Wale, LAX, Drake, just to mention a few. Wizkid took the advantage of his international collaboration with Drake on “One Dance” to establish himself internationally; as the song went on to top charts and win several awards. This single collaboration took his fame and brand across Europe, America and the rest of the world.
Wizkid albums include the following;
- Superstar 2011
- Homecoming 2013
- Ayo 2014
- Sounds From The Other Side 2017
Wizkid has various mouthwatering endorsement deals. He has a Pepsi deal which has been running for years and has seen him as a face of Pepsi drink. In 2015, he signed an endorsement deal with the telecommunication giant, Globacom to the tune of N128 million. In addition to other endorsements by rich and corporate brnads.
NOMINATION AND AWARDS
Wizkid has received several awards and nominations. He got the Headies Awards in 2011. In 2012, he was crowned with the Headies Next Rated Awards with a Hyundai Sonata automobile.
As at the time of this article he currently has 44 awards from his 157 nominations and still counting.
WIZKID NET WORTH
Wizkid is currently worth an estimated $12 million Dollars ;which has completely set him apart and made him among the richest artistes in Nigeria and in Africa.
He has also been listed in Forbes magazine as one of the current rich African artistes, with assets, houses and automobiles worth a fortune to his name.