WHAT YOU DONT KNOW ABOUT WIZKID
What you don’t know about Wizkid seems an out of place article to write as everyone knows Wizkid. He is undoubtedly the biggest and most popular music artiste of this generation out of Africa, with the succes he has achieved in the African music industry and world over. That said, there are a lot of things you don’t know about him you would learn from this article ‘what you dont know about wizkid.’
His real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. He was born July 16th 1990. Wizkid grew up at Ojuelegba Surulere, Lagos. His neighbourhood motivated him to use his talent to get a better life than the one he grew up in.
His first stage name was ‘Lil Prinz’. He bagan recording music at age 11 with a group they called glorious 5 with his friends in church.
He followed his mums Christian religion with support of his Muslim dad. His first big pay cheque was N250,000 incheque
Wizkid was the first Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on twitter. He achieved this feat February 2014 after the success of his debut album ‘Super Star’ released in 2011 under Banky W owned Empire Mate Entertainment which he got signed to in 2009.
‘His Second studio album ‘Ayo’ released September 2014 was his last album with Empire Mate Enterrtainment. The album cover of his second album ‘Ayo’ is a depiction of his place in his family as Wizkid has 12 female siblings.
Wizkid became a world renown artise in 2016 for co-writing the song ‘One Dance’ with Drake that topped music charts in United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and other countries worldwide.
He signed to SONY RCA RECORDS in March 2017 and released his Third Studio Album ‘Sound From The Other Side’ in July that same year.
Wizkid made Guiness World Book Of Records in 2018 for his contribution to the song ‘One Dance’ with Drake.
Wizkid is a product of Ijebu Ode Grammar School.
His early musical influence are King Sunny Ade, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and Bob Marley. He was later influenced by OJB Jezreel, Naeto C, 2Face Idibia, MI Abaga, Sound Sultan, and Ikechukwu. The late OJB JEZREEL was a great influence to his music.
Naeto C was his first music mentor. His first major collabo was ‘Fast Money Fast Cars’ with MI Abaga released in 2008. Also, his first major hit song was ‘Halla At Your Boy’ released in January 2010.
Wizkid won his first award in 2011 ( Headies Next Rated Artiste ). He was awarded a 2012 Hyundia Sonata which became his first car.
Wizkid penned his first record contract with Empire Mates Music ( EME ) at age 19.
He dropped out of school 2 times to focus on his music career ( Lagos State University 2009 Department of Sociology, and Lead City University 2010 Department of International relations ).
‘Don’t Dull’ remix 2011 with Akon is Wizkids first international collaboration. Since then they have collaborated on ‘For You’ 2014 , ‘Roll It’ 2018, and ‘Escape’ 2020.
Wizkid has progressed to have 45 more international collaborations making his international collaborations 46.
His first performance before an international audience was at the HMV Apollo London on the 4th June 2012.
Wizkid was the first Nigerian artiste to be listed on Billboards Twitter Last 24 Hours Chart for his feature on Drakes single ‘One Dance.’
Wizkids endorsement with Pepsi is worth $350,000 U.S.
He signed a 2 years endorsement deal with MTN worth 40 Million Naira in 2013 and switched to GLO in 2015.
His Switch from being an MTN Ambassador to GLO ambassador in 2015 made him 128 Million Naira richer.
Aside GLO, Wizkid is an ambassador of CIROC,
and the UBA Group. His endorsement deal with the UBA Group signed July 2019, is the biggest endorsement deal to be signed by an artiste with a brand in Africa. Its worth $3 Million equivalent to 1 BillionBillion
Aside these brands that he is currently their ambassador, he was a Guiness ambassador in 2013 as a music act in the Guiness World of More Concert, and Hennessy as the Hennessy headliner artiste 2014 alongside 2face Idibia.
In 2018, Wizkid signed a mega deal with Dolce and Gabanna worth $20,000 that saw D&G paying him to wear a unique designers Pin Stripes Suit and Fedora with a mask , to walk on their fashion runway alongside British born actress and Super Model Naomi Campbell in Milan. Making him the first African artiste to walk on a Dolce and Gabanna fashion show.
That same year, he signed a 5 year deal with American giant sports wear company Nike that saw him modelling for the new Super Eagles 2018 World Cup Jersey and sports kit alongside Super Eagles player Alex Iwobi. The deal was brokered between Nigeria Football Federation NFF and Nike. It was worth $3.75 million, converted to Naira it was worth N743 million.
The deal led to his partnering with Nike to produce the StarBoy Wizkid FC jersey. This deal with Nike makes him the first African artiste to have his own Jersey collection.
October 2020 saw him release a jersey collection for his Made In Lagos Album with another sports wear company Puma. Making him the first African artiste to sign a jersey contract deal with two different giant sports kits giant.
Wizkid aquired his first mansion at Lekki phase 1 in 2013 after leaving Banky W owned Empire Mates Entertainment music label.
Maleek Berry and Legendary Beatz are the first artistes Wizkid signed to his StarBoy Entertainment in 2013.
Wizkid is responsible for bringing Mr Eazi, Efya, and L.A.X, and Terri to limelight.
Wizkid has had a Twitter fight with Banky W, Skales, Davido, Saeon, Linda Ikeji, Tonto Dikeh, and Samklef.
Wizkid needed a DNA test to confirm he is the father of his first son Boluwatife in 2011 when his baby mama Oluwanisola Ogudugu told him he is responsible for her pregnancy. His second baby mama Binta Diallo had to take a DNA test as well in 2016 for Wizkid to confirm he is the father of his second son Ayo. Sola Ogudu and Binta Diallo follows each other on Instagram, shows they are in good terms with each other.
His third son Zion with his now manager and baby mama Jada Pollock in 2017 is the only one of his three sons that he accepted without a DNA test. I know this is one of the new things you learnt from reading this article ‘what you don’t know about wizkid.’ keep reading you will learn more of what you don’t know about wizkid.
He has had 119 nominations in different awards together and won 48:
2 Ghana Music Award.
3 BET Award.
8 Headies Awards.
6 Nigerian Entertainment Awards.
3 MOBO Awards.
2 Channel O Music Video Awards.
2 City People Entertainment Award.
2 Dynamix All Youths Awards.
2 MTV Europe Music Awards.
1 4Syte TV Music Video Award
1 The Future Award.
4 MTV Africa Music Awards.
5 African Muzik Magazine Awards.
4 All Africa Music Awards.
2 IHeart Radio Music Awards.
1 American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers ( ASCAP ) Award.
He charges about 25 to 50 million Naira for shows in Africa and $130,000 for shows abroad.
He is the Yungest African artiste to be nominated for a Grammy award. He achieved this feat in 2016 at age 26, for his contribution as a co writer and producer of drakes song ‘One Dance’ that was nominated in the Album Of The Year Category.
He is the first African artiste to perform at and sell out the Royal Albert Hall in London. He achieved this feat on the 29th of September 2017.
October 6th is worlds Wizkid day. It was initiated by the governor of Minesota USA Mark Dayton in 2018 to honour him for his achievement in music as a young youth from Ojuelegba Nigeria. It was initiated to tell young ones around the world that where they are from is not a barrier to conquer the world in their chosen endeavour.
Wizkid currently own two houses he resides in, one in Surulere Lagos and another in Los Angeles California in the USA. It is also rumoured that he own a house in the UK and Banana Island Lagos.
He owns a fleet of cars:
Lamborghini Urus ( 101 Million Naira ).
Hyundia Sonata 2012 ( 6 Milion Naira ).
2012 Mercedes Benz Kompressor ( 9 Milion Naira ).
Mercedes Benz G63 AMG ( 55 – 65 Million Naira )
BMW X6 Crossover ( 12 Million Naira ).
Porsche Panamera ( 50.8 Million Naira ).
Porsche Cayenne ( 18 Million Naira ).
Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible ( 45 – 50 Million Naira ).
wizkids carsIn 2017, he achieved a feat no African artiste had achieved before him with the release of the video of his ‘Come Closer’ collaboration with Drake. Even though Drake was absent on the video, it got over a million views on Youtube in 24 hours. It has since grown to 96 million views.
Wizkid has 3 Studio Albums:
‘Starboy’ released 2009.
‘Ayo’ released in 2014.
‘Sound From The Other Side’, released in 2017.
An EP ‘Sound Man Vol 1’ released Dec 2019.
A compilation album ‘Empire Mates State Of Mind’ with E.M.E, released in 2012.
If his ‘Made In Lagos’ Album that its release date fixed for 15th October 2020 but was postponed, due to the protest against SARS and Police Brutality, is released, his Studio Albums would be 4.
Wizkids album Sound From The Other Side Made it to the Playstation Rocket League Playlist in 2017. Making him the first African artiste to achieve this feat.
He is the most streamed artiste in Africa. He has over 2 Billion Streams on Spotify. If you add other streaming platforns he will have over 4 billion streams.
Wizkid as at October 2020 is worth 30 Million Dollars according to Forbes. When converted to Naira, he is worth a whooping 11.69 Billion Naira. Wit this worth, he is the richest musician in Nigeria as at October 2020.
He is reported to own a private jet that cost about $40 Million.
He led Nigerians in London to join the on going #ENDSARS ptotest against #policebrutality and #intimidationofcitizens.
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