We’ve got you accurate and right details about Nigerian singer and songwriter, Wizkid as we look at his biography, career, net worth and education. Wizkid is popularly regarded as one of Nigeria’s greatest music icons. His music is played globally, and his O2 arena concert is always a sold out event. His start was not all rosy, Wizkid lived in slums and ghetto during the early stages of his life. It’s not that easy to start a music career in Nigeria but Wizkid pushed through. He served legendary music icons such as Banky W and 2face, and paid his dues. We’ll tell you facts about Wizkid in this page that you probably didn’t know, like Wizkid ‘s biography, cars and net worth.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known by his stage name, Wizkid is a Nigerian international singer and songwriter who was born on July 16, 1990, into a polygamous family consists of three wives. He has two sibling born from same mother, Yetunde Balogun and Lade Balogun. Their mother’s name is Jane Dolapo.
Wizkid grew up in Surulere, Lagos state, with his twelve female siblings from his polygamous family. His mother, Jane Dolapo is a Pentecostal Christian while his father was Islam. The international super star artists attended school at Ijebu Ode Grammar School and he so much love music. His favorite musicians who greatly influenced his style of music are King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti, and Bob Marley.
Wizkid began his singing career at the age of 11 in a church music group called the Glorious five and bore the stage name “Lil Prinz”.
Which religion describes Wizkid remains uncertain but he has Christian background from his early life. But his father, being a Muslim, gave Wizkid an Islamic name — Ibrahim.
Wizkid did not say much in terms of his religion during an interview with Tim Westwood in 2012. So, that remains uncertain.
To this international artist, education wasn’t a building block. In 2009 Wizkid dropped out twice. He dropped out of Lagos State University (LASU) and Lead City University.
It wasn’t an easy ride before Wizkid became one of Nigeria ‘s top-music artists. Growing up in Sululere Wizkid met OJB Jezreel aka Babatunde Okungbowa, a record producer of the greatest hit albums and singles in African entertainment scene R&B hip-hop music history.
When Wizkid paid visits to OJB ‘s studio, he watched 2 face Idibia record songs for the “Grace 2 Grace” album as Nigerian legendary musician. It is difficult to write a Wizkid music career without listing artists like Banky W, Naeto C, 2 Face Idibia, and Sound Sultan. He had been recording live during Sound Sultan “Jagabantis.” According to Wizkid, Naeto C was the one who had mentored and trained him at age 15.
In 2009, He signed a deal with Empire Mates Entertainment where he co-authored “Omoge You So Much,” a song that featured Banky W in the album “The W Experience.” Wizkid collaborated with top record producers such as E-Kelly, Jay Sleek, Shizzi, DJ Klem, Masterkraft, Q-Beats, and Samklef, while working on his “Superstar album.”
Wizkid got the spotlight in 2009 when M.I Abaga featured him in a song titled Fast Money. Fast money in 2009 drew media attention to bagging multiple nominations and awards for release. Wizkid dropped “Holla at Your Boy” in 2010, the song that earned him the 2011 edition Headies Award for the Next Rated Award and nominations for Best Pop Single.
Wizkid achieved a milestone in Nigerian music industry which has not been achieved by any Nigerian music artist. MTV Europe Music Award (five times), American Music Award (thrice), World Music Award (four times), Grammy Awards (once) are among his international nominations. Wizkid has earned 118 nominations in various awards since 2010 to date, out of which he won 30.
However, due to his breakthrough in music industry, Wizkid, in 2013 created his own music label “Starboy Entertainment”. Wizkid signed Maleek Berry whose real name is Maleek as Starboy producer and Wizkid the CEO of the label. The list of current and formerly Starboy signed artistes includes, Legendury Beatz (Uzezi & Okiemute Oniko), L.A.X, R2bees, Mr. Eazi, Efya Terri. The label was later renamed to Starboy Worldwide after Wizkid breakthrough in signing Ghanian Efya Terri in 2016.
2015 – 2017 could be tagged as best moments for Star boy CEO Wizkid’s career. During this period he worked with foreign international artists such as Drake, Chris Brown, Skepta, and Angélique Kidjo. Irrespective of Wizkid shows and features outside Nigeria, he went fully international after he put to papers a deal with RCA Records, a Sony Music subsidiary. His latest music “Joro” is at top of the chart across many streaming platforms. On Youtube, Joro has 7,840,562 views tops and 4.2 ratings out of 5 on Giant9ja.com.
Name it the celebrity thingy to have baby mamas. Known girlfriends of Wizkid include Sophie Rammal, Sola Ogudugu – his baby mama, Tonto Dikeh, Binta Diamond Diallo, Tania Omotayo, Chidinma Ekile, Hudda Monroe, Seyi Shay, and many others. Well the list for the girl-friends of the past. According to popular speculation, the new woman to add to the list of his girl-friends is US-singer Justin Skye.
Net worth of Wizkid is valued at $14 million ($14 million) – which amounts to N5.068 billion Naira. It cost you pretty much a fortune to call Wizkid for a show, getting charged N6 million per show. That’s one of his sources of income. Wizkid runs his own record label; he’s still making plenty of money from endorsements. Wizkid signed a one year endorsement deal with Pepsi in 2012, which reportedly amounted to $350,000. He signed a N110 million naira contract with MTN in 2013 when he created his record label. Two years later, for a whooping sum of N180 million naira, he became one of the brand representative for Globacom. This year Wizkid landed a contract worth more than $3 million for the UBA ambassador.
Starboy is rich and has lots of cars. Wizkid’s cars include,
- Black Honda Accord I-VTEC,
- Porsche Cayenne,
- Mercedes 2012 compressor,
- BMW X6,
- Hyundai Sonata,
- Bentley and
- Porsche Panamera.
In total, Wizkid has 8 cars, each of them are quite too expensive.