Ayodeji I. Balogun also popularly known by his stage name Wizkid is a Nigerian musician and a songwriter. He was born in July 16th 1990 somewhere in Lagos state Nigeria. He accomplished his Universal basic education (UBE) in Surulere where he obtained his first school leaving certificate and his also secondary education where he obtained secondary school certification and WAEC results.
The rising start grew up to enjoy and having interest to good music that we began recording music at the age of 11 as reported on Wikipedia which means he started his recordings in the year 2001. He joined his church friends then (GloriousFive) in a collaboration to release their first Album. In the year 2009, Wizkid was signed by Banky W. on a record deal as an artist on Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) which he managed to release his first debut album superstar. The Album contains songs like Holla at your boy, Tease me, Don’t dull, Pakurumo, Love my baby and OluwaLo Ni.
In the year 2014, Wizkid made broke a record of being the first ever Nigerian Artist to hit 1 million followers in Instagram when he released his second single Album “AYO” in 2014. The Album is ended up to be the greatest at that time and a push to his music career giving him the international recognition and he ever wanted. Some hit tracks in the album include; Jaiye Jaiye, Bombay, On Top your matter and 3 others. He also drop 2 more albums sounds from the other side and Made in Lagos in 2017 and 2020 respectfully.
His main hit track that gave him international recognition was his collaboration with Drake on a song titles “One Dance” in 2016 which ended up giving him a place on the BillBoard Chart and also won couple of awards just for that one single.
- Real Name: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun
- Stage Name: Wizkid
- Date of Birth: 16 July 1990
- Occupation: Musician/Artist
- Marital Status: Single
- Place of Birth: Surulere
- State of Origin: Lagos State Nigeria
- Current Record Label: Starboy
- Children: 3 sons
- Spouse: N/A
Popular Songs by Wizkid
Wizkid over the years have been the voice behind many hit-tracks of the past and present as well. Some of his hit songs can be seen below;
- Daddy yo
- Holla at Your Boy
- Jaiye Jaiye
- Come Closer
- Energy (Stay Far Away)
- Essence ft Tems and many others
So far, he has released only 4 albums since 2011 till this moment 2021.
- Superstar – (2011)
- Ayo – (2014)
- Sound from the other side – (2017)
- Made in Lagos – (2020) and still counting
Wizkid Endorsement Deals
Over the years of his service as an Artist in the Nigerian Music Industry, Wizkid have been endorsed by couple of big brands which today he can boast for as an artist. Maybe this is why he is still toping as one of Nigeria’s top rated artist of all time. Some of his endorsement deals can be found below this line;
- (2012) Wizkid signed a one year endorsement deal with Pepsi company in the year 2012 which is worth over $350,000
- In the year 2013, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun aka Wizkid signed another contract with Nigeria’s best telecommunication company MTN.
- After his first contract of $350,000 expired, Pepsi renewed the contract for another two years in the year 2013 which is also a great achievement as a rising artist at that time.
- In the year 2013, Wizkid Ayo also signed a contract with Guiness for a concert which was held in Eko Hotel and Suit.
- Wizkid in the year 2015 signed a new endorsement deal with GLO
- He also bags a new endorsement deal with PUMA (sport wears)
- Currently, he is a contract with the United Bank of Africa (UBA)
In summary, Wizkid was nominated in 223 awards and he won 85 out of the 223 nominations as of September 2021. Below this line you can find some of his wins;
- The Headies Award for song of the year (2016)
- BET Award (2020) – Brown Skin Girl
- MuchMusic Video Award for iHeartRadio Single of the year (2017) – one dance
- Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Collaboration (2017) – one dance
- MTV Africa Award for artist of the year (2016)
- City people entertainment award for pop artist of the year (2015)
- Nigerian entertainment award for male artist of the year (2015)
- The Headies award for best R&B pop album (2018) – Sounds from the other side
- The Headies award for best R&B pop album (2014) – Ayo
- The future award Africa price for young person of the year (2017)
- iHeartRadio music award for most thumbed up song of the year (2017) – one dance
- Headies Award viewer’s choice (2021)
- MTV Europe musc award for best African Act (2016)
- BET Award for best internation Act (2017 and 2012)
- Grammy Awad for best music video (2021) – Brown skin girl;
- and many others
According to our sources, Wizkid owns 2 houses in Lagos Nigeria one is Surulere which is worth about ₦13,000,000 and another in Lekki which is reported to worth over ₦80,000,000 in recent times.
In the year 2016, he is reported to have acquired a new house in the United States. The house is said to be located I Los Angeles, California.
Some of his cars include;
- Lamborghini Urus
- Porsche Panamera
- Mercedes Benz G63 AMG
- BMW X6 crossover
Wizkid Net worth 2021
Wizkid net worth 2021 as provided by Forbes is estimated at $30,000,000 which when converted to Naira at present time is roughly ₦15,000,000,000.00 making him the richest musician in Nigeria 2021.
This is doubt a great achievement for this 31 year old young Nigerian artist as he as made us proud over the years till now. His major sources of income/wealth are through sales of digital music on streaming platforms (Apple Music, Audiomack, Soundcloud etc), Social media accounts (YouTube, Facebook, promotional ads on Instagram etc), Real estate investments, local and international endorsement/partnership deals among others. Not to mention his major shows all over the world.
He is indeed the best in Africa and the one of the top recognized in the world.
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