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Wizkid performing at the Desire album launch concert in 2013
Wizkid performing at the Desire album launch concert in 2013
Background information
Birth nameAyodeji Ibrahim Balogun
Also known as
  • Lil Prinz
  • Wizzy
  • Starboy
  • Machala
  • Daddy Yo
  • Baba Nla
  • Big Wiz
  • Eleniyan
Born (1990-07-16) 16 July 1990 (age 31)
Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2001–present[A]
Associated acts

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (born (1990-07-16)July 16, 1990), also known as Wizkid is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer.[2] He is the founder of Star Boy Entertainment, a record label he established in 2013.[3]

Biography[change | change source]

Wizkid started singing in 2001. At the age of 11, he released a collaborative studio album with Glorious Five album titled Lil Prinz before he went solo to record his first song with OJB Jezreel.[4]

In 2011, Wizkid released his critically acclaim debut studio album titled Superstar with hit singles like "Holla at Your Boy", "Don't Dull" and "Tease Me (Bad Guys)" on the tracklist. Superstar shot Wizkid to limelight, following it's nomination at The Headies 2012 and at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards which it won "Best Album of The Year".[5]

On September 17, 2014, Ayo was released as Wizkid's sophomore album. The album contained hit tracks like "Ojuelegba", "Jaiye Jaiye" and "Show You The Money". Ayo won the "Best Album of The Year" and "Best R&B/Pop Album" categories at The Headies 2015 and was also nominated in the "Album of The Year" category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.[6] Wizkid has been working on releasing an EP titled Sounds From The Other Side.[5]

In 2016, he worked with Drake on his hit single "One Dance", which reached number-one in 15 different countries. In 2020 Wizkid became the first Nigerian artist featured on Billboard’s Hot 100.[7]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Wizkid Biography". MTV Base. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  2. Alex Frank. "Nigerian Pop Star Wizkid on Fashion and African Style - Vogue". Vogue. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  3. Phiona Okumu. "Wizkid Is Getting The Global Embrace He Deserves". The FADER. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  4. Seyi. "Wizkid Biography - nigeriafilms.com". Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Oreoluwa Peters (19 November 2015). "5 things we learnt from Wizkid's interview with US magazine, The Fader". YNaija. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  6. "MTV MAMA 2015: Davido, Wizkid, Yemi Alade, others lead nominations". 12 June 2015.
  7. "Wizkid; The only Nigerian Artist featured on Billboard's Hot 100". Dreytunes Blog. 2020-04-24. Retrieved 2020-08-22.[permanent dead link]
  1. Wizkid began his singing career when he was 11 years old, in 2001. He recorded his first song with OJB Jezreel and also recorded a 7-track album under the stage name Lil Prinz.[1]