Star Boy music founder and boss, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun globally known and recognized as Wizkid is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, hitmaker and lyricist who hails from Surulere, Lagos State.
The heavily talented artist was given birth to on the 16th of July, in the year 1990. His mother’s name is Dolapo Jane Balogun while that of his father is Alhaji Muniru Olatunji Balogun
However, he was born into a polygamous family (his father married three wives) with twelve female siblings (sisters). His mother, a Pentecostal Christian and his father, a Muslim.
While growing up with both parents sharing different religious beliefs, destiny led Wizzy to join his mother in her church services where he initiated his singing career in a local church at a very tender age of 11 years old.
At that point, he did not only perfect as a good vocalist, but also as a promising singer which he has become today.
Nevertheless, the legendary Star boy has got a childhood nickname name from his mother. We got to know this about Six years ago, in one of Dailypost’s interview with Wizkid’s mother, Mrs. Jane Balogun where she revealed that her son got his success from God, and also said that she calls her son IB-Boy which is a short from Ibrahim.
Although Wizkid has been in the struggle for some time, dating back to the defunct music group Glorious Five he formed with his friends in the church choir, to answering Lil Prinz as his stage name when he released his first EP having a track count of Seven. Non of the challenges he ever faced deterred him, rather they made him stronger to achieve what he is today (one of the biggest Hip Hop Artist in Africa).
Wizzy is not yet married, but he has three sons from three different girlfriends (Baby Mamas). His first son’s name is Boluwatife Balogun born in 2011 and his mom is Oluwanisola Ogudugu. His second son’s name is Ayodeji Balogun born in 2016 and his mom is Binta Diallo. His third son’s name is Zion Balogun born in 2017 and his mom is Jada Pollock.
From what can be said to be true, Wizzy seems to have a new love affair with another angel. This girlfriend of his is Dorcas Shola Fapson, one of the most beautiful actresses Nollywood has ever had. The proofs of their love affair are already available on her Instagram. Possibly, she could become the fourth Baby Mama.
Just like most artists in Nigeria would testify, the Pakurumo crooner rose from nothing to something. It happened that after working with the likes of OJB Jezreel, Naeto C and more, somewhere in 2019, he signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) fondly called EMEzzy managed by his label boss, Banky W.
In 2010 at EME, he dished out his first Studio Album titled Superstar which became a hit. As a result, his popularity gained grounds. Owing to the massive airplays the individual songs like Holla at your boy were getting, that helped earn him his Next Rated Award at The Headies back in 2011. As a plus to winning the award, he
was equally awarded a 2012 Hyundai Sonata.
Not only that, some reviewers believe that Fast Money, a song that he collaborated with M. I Abaga that got people talking is one of the contributing factors to his rise to fame.
In the international scene, Wizkids feature in Drake’s One Dance alongside Kyla has been a big breakthrough according to Forbes who listed the track as spotify’s Most-streamed song of the Decade recently.
Since discovering his ability to turn fans on, he has been on fire moving from grace to grace and pouring in more money to his bank account. Apart from singing, he has also sealed numerous endorsement deals with big name telecommunication companies. In 2013, he signed a ₦110 million contract with MTN. In 2015, the Manya crooner became one of Globacom’s brand ambassador for ₦180 million. He also secured multi-million deals with Pepsi and Guinness that brought in even more money to his bank account. For example, in 2012, he signed a one-year endorsement deal with Pepsi reportedly worth $350,000.
Remember also that somewhere in July 2019, the Hip Hop Superstar announced a mega-deal sealed with United Bank for Africa (UBA)to be their brand ambassador.
It is also true that last year (2018), he secured a whooping sum of $681,200 to perform at a Royal wedding at Umaid Bhawan Palace, India.
It is estimated that Wizkid’s net worth is $18 million USD as of 2019.
Some of his few assets that are in the piblic domain include his Record label Starboy Entertainment founded in 2013.
A landed a property in Surulere, Lagos to his name worth ₦13 million. In addition, it is believed that he has a home in Lekki, Lagos worth over ₦68 million. He also has a house in the US located in Los Angeles to be precise.
A brief look into his Garage owing to indications from his social media posts, shows fleet of cars including a Lamborghini Prime X2 worth N28 million and a Porsche Panamera worth N13 million. Others are a Hyundai Sonata, a BMW, a Bentley, and a Mercedes Benz.
So far, Wizkid latest music career has been paying off with numerous awards and nominations both in Nigeria and the International music scene. The African star boy has been recognized with about Thirty Eight (38) awards in total. These awards varies in categories, times and and locations.
Below is a lists of Wizkid’s recognitions we documented.
|Award Name||Times Won|
|The Headies Awards||Six|
|City People Entertainment Awards||Two|
|Channel O Music Video Awards||Two|
|Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Six|
|iHeart Radio Music Awards||Two|
|SoundCity MVP Awards||Two|
|Dynamix All Youth Awards||Two|
|Ghana Music Awards||Two|
|MTV Africa Music||Four|
|Billboard Music Awards||Three|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||One|
|Soundcity Digital Artiste of the Year 2017||One|
The celebrity has also been nominated for:
Best Pop Single at Headies (Once).
Most Gifted Newcomer Video in 2011. Channel O Music Video Awards (Once).
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 in the 2017 Sound city award.
All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).
From the statistics above, it can be garnered that Daddy Yo vibes man has bagged more awards than he was nominated for.
For now, nothing is been mentioned about Wizkid’s Kindergarten and primary school names and days. His secondary school levels were attended and completed at Ijebu Ode Grammar School. Afterwards, he gained admission into Lagos State University (LASU), and in mid-2009, he dropped out of the school. But he later attended Lead City University, and dropped out of school again after completing two sessions.
Wizkid album release is dated back to the music group “Glorious Five”.
He began recording his debut studio album Superstar in 2009 under Empire Mates Entertainment. Holla at Your Boy, released on the 2nd of January 2010 happens to be the album’s hit single.
Some of the notable tracks from the album include: Don’t Dull, Pakurumo, Love my baby, Oluwa Lo Ni, Tease Me, Scatter the flow, and Slow whine.
This body of work was released in 2012, and consist tracks like: Baddest Boy, Dance For Me, Get Down Tonight, Ko Mo Le, Sun Mo Mi, Don’t Delay Me and Change
Ayo was released in 2014. This was in an attempt to complete the release of the album commenced in 2012. The album contains lots of hit singles that made many of his fans demand for more. Singles like “On top your matter” and “Ayo” were raves of the moment. He featured many top stars like Femi kuti, Maleek berry, phyno, Akon, Banky W, Del B, etc.
Some other tracks in the “Ayo” album are listed below: Jaiye Jaiye, On Top Your Matter, One Question, Joy, Show You The Money etc
Updated on December 19, 2019 at 5:46 AM and categorized under Nigerian Daily Music Trends