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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Wizkid

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, better known by his stage name Wizkid (sometimes stylized as WizKid) is a Nigerian recording artist, songwriter and performer. He was born on the 16th of July 1990.

1.  He started his musical career at age 11

Wizkid started singing at age 11, releasing a 7-track album entitled Lil Prinz (2001).

2. He was a member of a gospel singing group, ‘Glorious Five’

He said he formed a group called the Glorious Five with a couple of his church friends. Releasing a collaborative album with Glorious Five entitled Lil Prinz (2001).  The group dropped an album prior to dismembering. Wizkid later met OJB Jezreel, a record producer who prevented him from recording for a year. While visiting Jezreel’s studio frequently, he watched2 Face Idibia record Grass 2 Grace and Sound Sultan record Jagbajantis. A year later, Wizkid started recording. His first song featured OJB Jezreel. The song was met with great reception throughout Surulere. Wizkid cited Naeto C as one of the people who mentored and coached him while he was 15 years old.

In 2009, he signed a record deal with Banky W.’s imprint, Empire Mates Entertainment. He rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of the song “Holla at Your Boy” from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011). “Tease Me/Bad Guys”, “Don’t Dull”, Gidi Girl, “Love My Baby”, “Pakurumo” and “Oluwa Lo Ni” were also released as singles from the Superstar album. Wizkid’s self-titled second studio album, Ayo(2014), was preceded by the singles “Jaiye Jaiye”, “On Top Your Matter”, “One Question”, “Joy”, “Bombay” and “Show You the Money”.

3. Wizkid was the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter

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In addition to his solo work, Wizkid has collaborated with several artists and was featured on the hits “Girl” (withBracket), “Fine Lady” (with Lynxxx), “Sexy Mama” (with Iyanya), “Slow Down” (with R2Bees), “The Matter” (with Maleek Berry), “Pull Over” (with KCee) and “Bad Girl” (with Jesse Jagz). He was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists. In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.

 

4. Wizkid is 26 years old

Wizkid was born on 16 July 1990 in Surulere, a residential and commercial area of Lagos.

5. Wizkid was born into a polygamous family

In a 2012 interview with Tim Westwood, he said that his father has three wives. During an interview with Adesope of Factory 78 TV, Wizkid described his life in a nutshell.   Wizkid also told Factory 78 TV that his parents weren’t receptive of his music from the onset. In order to gain his father’s trust, he had to work hard and spent lots of time in the studio. 

6. Wizkid has a great relationship with Banky W

He told Factory 78 TV that he and Banky became friends prior to starting a professional relationship. He co-wrote Banky W’s “Omoge You Too Much”, a song off the The W Experience album. In 2006, he collaborated with Naeto C and Ikechukwu. In 2009, Wizkid became a household name within Nigeria’s musical landscape; he was featured on M.I’s “Fast Money, Fast Cars” and Kel’s “Turn by Turn”.

 

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