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Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun professionally known as Wizkid is a 32-year-old Nigerian singer and songwriter born on July 16th, 1990, in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.
Right here, we’re going to show you the most recent Wizkid net worth, and further tell you about his early and personal life, career, and awards so you can have a good knowledge of him.
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|Real Name:||Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun|
|Birth Date:||July 16th, 1990|
|Birth Place:||Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria|
|Age:||32 years old|
|Children:||Boluwatife Balogun, Ayodeji Balogun, Zion Balogun|
|Net Worth:||$4 million|
Wizkid Early and Personal Life
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun professionally known as Wizkid is a 32-year-old Nigerian singer and songwriter born on July 16, 1990, in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.
He is an important figure in the modern-day Afrobeats music scene and is considered one of the biggest and most influential African artists of all time. He stands 5 feet high and weighs 60 kilograms, he is slim and dark in complexion.
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Wizkid grew up in an interfaith household with twelve female siblings. His father practiced Islam while his mother is a Pentecostal Christian.
Wizkid Ayo had his education at the Ijebu Ode Grammar School. Wizkid grew up listening to the music of icons like King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti, and Bob Marley.
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Wizkid also attended Lead City University, however, he dropped out after he had completed two sessions.
Concerning his relationships, Wizkid has been in several relationships and has a total of four children with three different women.
Wizkid’s first baby mama is Shola Ogudu who gave birth to Wizkid’s first son, Boluwatife Balogun in 2011. Binta Diallo, a Guinean-American gave birth to Wizkid’s second son Ayodeji Balogun in 2016 as second baby mama.
Jada Pollock, a British brand consultant, who was Wizkid’s manager gave birth to wizkid’s 3rd son, Zion Balogun in 2017 and emerged as Wizkid’s 3rd baby mama.
Wizkid Net Worth
Wizkid has gathered the majority of his net worth from selling his music, live performances, and signing various endorsement deals.
Wizkid net worth is currently estimated at four million US Dollars($4,000,000).
Wizkid Music Career
Wizkid started recording music at the age of 11. He released a collaborative album with the Glorious Five (5), a group formed by him and two of his church friends.
In 2009, he signed a record contract with Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E). Wizkid became famous after he released “Holla at Your Boy“, the lead single from his debut studio album, ”Superstar” in 2011, which gave birth to “Tease Me/Bad Guys” and “Don’t Dull“.
Initially, Wizkid took the stage name Lil Prinz until 2006. While Wizkid visited OJB’s Point Beat Studios, he watched legendary singer, 2 Face Idibia record songs for his Grass 2 Grace album.
Wizkid cited Naeto C as one of the people who mentored and trained him when he was 15 years old.
Wizkid co-wrote “Omoge You Too Much“, a single from Banky W.’s album, ”The W Experience”.Wizkid had worked with Naeto C, Ikechukwu, and M.I. as he developed his craft.
Superstar (2010 to 2011)
Wizkid started recording his debut studio album Superstar in 2009 and released “Holla at Your Boy” as the album’s lead single in January 2010.
In April 2010, Wizkid released “Tease Me/Bad Guys” as the album’s second single, and released “Don’t Dull”, as the album’s third single in December 2010.
Wizkid’s Superstar was recorded in English and Yoruba languages and was released in June 2011 by Empire Mates Entertainment. The album had elements of Afrobeats, R&B, dancehall, and reggae.
Wizkid in June 2011 hosted a launch party for the album at the Expo Hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites.
The launch party featured performances from artists like:
- Banky W
- 2face Idibia
- Wande Coal
- Jesse Jagz
- Ice Prince
- Seyi Shay
“Superstar” earned Best Album of the Year at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and was nominated for Album of the Year at The Headies 2012.
E. M.E tour (2012 to 2014)
In 2012, Wizkid toured London and performed at the HMV Apollo in June 2012. Wizkid worked with artists like Banky W., Skales, Shaydee, and Niyola to record E.M.E’s compilation album Empire Mates State of Mind in 2012.
Wizkid in November 2012, performed at the BBC Radio 1Xtra Live 02 Academy in Brixton alongside artists like Trey Songz, Tulisa, Kendrick Lamar, and Angel.
From 2012 to 2014, Wizkid recorded his second studio album Ayo featuring guest appearances from artists like Femi Kuti, Banky W., Seyi Shay, Phyno, Tyga, Akon, and Wale.
The album was produced by Sarz, Shizzi, Uhuru, Del B, Dokta Frabz, Maleek Berry, Legendury Beatz and Spellz.
In May 2013, Wizkid released the album’s lead single “Jaiye Jaiye“, featuring Femi Kuti.
Wizkid released “On Top Your Matter” produced by Del B as the album’s second single in October 2013.
In November 2013, Wizkid performed at the Guinness Big Eruption Concert in Accra, Ghana, and in February 2014, he emerged as the first Nigerian musician to have more than one million followers on Twitter.
In July 2014, Wizkid was at The Beat 99.9 FM studio in Lagos and said he had collaborated with Barbadian singer Rihanna.
Wizkid got an invitation as a special guest for some shows on Tinie Tempah’s tour of the UK in 2014.
Sounds from the Other Side and the international success with “One Dance”(2015 to 2018)
In January 2015, Wizkid released the accompanying music video for “Ojuelegba”, and the promotional single “Like This” in June.
In March 2017, Wizkid signed a record contract with RCA Records and released his third studio album ”Sounds from the Other Side” in July.
”Sounds from the Other Side” features guest appearances from Drake, Major Lazer, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla Sign, Efya, Bucie, and Trey Songz.
The album’s producers were Sarz, Del B, Spellz, Dre Skull, DJ Mustard, Major Lazer, and the Picard Brothers.
”Sounds from the Other Side” was preceded by three singles: “Daddy Yo” featuring Efya, “Sweet Love“, and “Come Closer” featuring Drake.
Wizkid released “African Bad Gyal” alongside the pre-order for the album in June 2017, and “Naughty Ride” was released as a promotional track in June 2017.
Wizkid emerged as the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the 2018 Guinness World Records for his contribution to “One Dance“, and his song “Soco” emerged as his first Afrobeats single to be certified Gold in Canada.
Wizkid later that year appeared on Normani and Calvin Harris’ EP Normani x Calvin Harris, on the single “Checklist“.
“Brown Skin Girl”, Soundman Vol. 1 and Made in Lagos(2019 till present)
Wizkid in mid-2019 was featured on Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl”, taken from the critically acclaimed The Lion King i.e The Gift soundtrack.
Later that same year 2019, Wizkid also released his singles “Joro” and “Ghetto Love“, and in December 2019, his label Starboy Entertainment released the EP Soundman Vol. 1, which focused on him.
The EP contained features from Chronixx and many other artists. In 2020, Wizkid featured on various singles, including “Escape” by Akon, “Gbese 2.0” with DJ Tunes and Spax, “Eve Bounce” by Yung L, and “Consider II” with Walshy Fire.
Wizkid also released a collaboration with American singer, H.E.R., titled “Smile“, and in September, he released “No Stress“.
In August 2021, Wizkid released a remix of “Essence“, which featured Canadian singer Justin Bieber, and it emerged as the highest-charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 by an African act, peaked at No. 11 in October 2021.
Wizkid on the first anniversary of ”Made in Lagos”, announced his fifth album ”More Love, Less Ego”, and was set to be released on the last day of the Made in Lagos tour, being January 22, 2022.
In September 2022, Wizkid headlined the Rolling Loud Toronto hip-hop festival, emerging as the first African artist in history to achieve such a feat.
The Album “More Love, Less Ego” was released in November 2022.
Wizkid 2012 signed a one-year endorsement deal with Pepsi, worth $350,000, and prior to that traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, with Tiwa Savage for a Pepsi commercial sh0ot.
In May 2013, some news agencies reported that Wizkid had signed a one-year contract with MTN Nigeria and that his Pepsi contract was renewed for two additional years.
In November 2013, Wizkid signed an endorsement contract with Guinness for the Guinness World of More concert, held at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos.
In June 2015, News agencies reported that Wizkid had left MTN and signed a ₦128 million contract with GLO.
Wizkid Awards and Nomination
Wizkid from the beginning of his career till date has had various awards and nominations including the following:
- Top Naija Music Award for Best Collaboration with “A” List Artiste
- Nigeria Entertainment Award for Male Artist of the Year
- City People Entertainment Award for Pop Artiste of the Year
- Nigeria Entertainment Award for Hottest Single of the Year
- MTV Europe Music Award for Best Worldwide Act
- Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Song
- MTV Africa Music Award for Best Collaboration
- MTV Africa Music Award for Best Male
- MTV Africa Music Award for Artist of the Year
- MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act
- The Headies Award for Artiste of the Year
- BET Award for Best International Act: Africa
- iHeartRadio Music Award for Hip-Hop Song of the Year
- iHeartRadio Music Award for Most Thumbed Up Song of the Year
- Billboard Music Award for Top Streaming Song (Audio)
- Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song
- The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year
- MuchMusic Video Award for iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Collaboration
- The Headies Award for Best R&B/Pop Album
- Soul Train Music Awards: The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group
- BET Her Award
- Soul Train Music Award for Video of the Year
- Grammy Award for Best Music Video
- MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography
- BET Award for Best Collaboration
- The Headies Award for Best Collabo
- Echo Award for Song of the Year
- Soul Train Music Award for Best Collaboration
- The Headies Award for Viewer’s Choice
- The Headies Award for Album of the Year
- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video
- The Headies Award for Best R&B Single
- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding International Song
- American Music Award for Favorite Afrobeats Artist
- The Headies Award for Song of the Year
- The Headies Award for Best Afrobeat Pop Album (Nigeria)
Wizkid (Big Wiz) is indeed a successful musician and Nigeria’s gift to the world. His songs are touches of excellence vibed to by Nigerians and a major part of the world at large.
many of his fans idolize him and even claimed having his picture as wallpapers on their mobile phones or as stickers has saved them from so many things.
Wizkid’s Vocal texture and tone are really sensational to say even as people compare him with his fellow stars especially Davido, describing Davido’s voice as a frog voice.
Hopefully, Wizkid net worth will increase as time goes on.