All You Need To Know About Wizkid

The beginning of Wizkid

His real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun and we think that you know it by now. Ayodeji was born in Surulere, on 16 July 1990. He wasn’t the only child in his family – he had twelve siblings. Interesting fact – all of his siblings were girls. Can you imagine that? That’s a lot of sisters for one boy!

He grew up in a family where parents had different religious beliefs. In fact, his father still practices Islam, and his mother is a Christian (a Pentecostal Christian to be exact).

There is not much information about his childhood, up until the age of eleven. At that time he started singing, and he was quite good at it. In fact, he was so good that he even began to perform a little.

He had an unusual stage name and a lot of people who were around the age of 15-16 at that time, remember him as Lil Prinz. Can you imagine starting a career in such a young age? We wonder how his parents reacted to it. A lot of us dreamed about creating a music band when we were teenagers.

But Lil Prinz did that in real life. Fascinating. We know that at the beginning of his career (we are talking about the pre-teen and teen years) he started a group with some of his church friends.

It was called “the Glorious Five.” They even released an album! However, the group didn’t last very long and eventually, Wizkid had to find a producer.

The “Superstar” era (2010-2011)

 

After the fall of the group, Wizkid met OJB Jezreel (record producer) and started to work with him. The year was not quite successful. In fact, they didn’t record at all. And nobody knows why.

We know that in 2009, Wizkid had a record deal with Banky W.’s Empire Mates Entertainment. 2009 was also the year when Wizkid started to work on his debut album “Superstar.” And then his career started! In 2010 he released his first lead single – “Holla at Your Boy.” He was only 20 at the time.

A few months later, Wizkid released a new song called “Tease Me/Bad Guys” which was also the album’s next (second) single. The third single, “Don’t Dull” was released at the end of the year.

His first official album “Superstar” was recorded in Yoruba and English. It had elements of reggae, R&B, and dancehall. It became quite popular among young people. While working on the album, Wizkid collaborated with different music producers such as: – Shizzi; – E-Kelly; – DJ Klem; – Samklef; – Masterkraft; – Jay Sleek; – Q-Beats; There were also many guests featured on the album including Wande Coal, Skales, and D’Prince.

Wizkid and the era of Ayo (2012-2014)

2012 started with a great deal for Wizkid – he signed a deal with a well-known company “Pepsi” that was worth 350,000 U.S. dollars at that time. He had a commercial shoot in Beirut with Tiwa Savage. He also had a deal with MTN Nigeria that lasted for a year.

However, in 2015 he left MTN and signed a deal with GLO that was worth N128 million.
His second studio album was called Ayo, which was initially titled “Chosen.” The work lasted for two years – from 2012 until 2014. The lead single of Ayo was “Jaiye Jaiye”

with Femi Kuti. When Wizkid was asked about what fans should expect from Ayo, he said:

“They should expect something magical”. The second single was “On Top Your Matter.”

Wizkid 2015-2017

Starting from the beginning of 2015, Wizkid worked on a new music video for the song “Ojuelegba.”

In a couple of months, Wizkid released two songs – “African Bad Girl” in collaboration with Chris Brown and “Expensive Sh*t”. Last year he announced that he is working on a new album and his song “African Bad Girl” would be its lead single.

You may be wondering: ‘How many awards has Wizkid won?’ What do you think? During his extraordinary life, Wizkid was nominated 157 times from which he got 44 awards.

Let’s start with the first awards and then we will just sum up all of them.

His first single “Holla at Your Boy” was nominated for the Best Pop Single and even won the Next Rated award at the Headies 2011.

The video for the song “Holla at Your Boy” was nominated in 2011 at the Channel O Music Video Awards as the Most Gifted Newcomer Video.

The video was also nominated for the Best Afro Pop Video in 2011. – Wizkid’s first album, “Superstar,” won the Best Album award at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

Now, it is time to sum up all his awards:

two MOBO Award;

two Ghana Music Awards

three Billboard Music Awards;

one African Pride Award;

four MTV Africa Music Awards;

six Nigeria Entertainment Awards;

one MTV Europe Music Awards;

two Dynamix All Youth Awards

two BET Award;

six The Headies Awards;

two City People Entertainment Awards

two iHeartRadio Music Awards;

two Channel O Music Video Awards;

a Future Award;

two SoundCity MVP Awards;

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