Wizkid Biography, Net Worth, Profile & Age
BIRTH NAME: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun
STYLE RATING: 5.5%
DISPLAY NAME: Wizkid
NET WORTH: $25 Million Dollars
Wizkid was birthed as Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun on the the 16th of July, 1990, in a commercial region in Lagos State – Surulere. Interestingly, he was brought up in the midst of 12 female siblings. His mother was a Christian and his Dad, Muslim.
According to Wizkid in an interview with Tim Westwood, his Dad married three different wives as a Muslim. Up till this moment, Wizkid still sights Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade as his greatest music influences as he grew up listening to their songs.
At age 11, Wizkid was already a good singer who went by the name Lil Prinz. Then, he founded a music group amongst his Church friends the name of which was called Glorious Five. The Glorious Five did pretty well to produce an album become everyone in the group went separate ways and the Glorious Five group went down.
Later on, Wizkid met a record producer, OJB Jezreel. Wizkid learnt a lot while frequently visiting Jezreel’s PointBeat Studios as he watched the recording sessions of Nigerian singer and producer Sound Sultan’s album titled Jagbajantis.
He also witnessed Nigerian legendary musician 2Baba record songs for his album, Grass 2 Grace. The record producer, Jezreel, did him a lot of good as he kept him away from recording any single for a year; this was his preparation.
According to Wizkid in an interview with Factory 78 TV, his parents didn’t see him becoming a star musician as they didn’t receive the idea of him doing music in the first place, not to talk of sponsoring his music career and sharpening his music skills. He also said that he was coached and mentored by Naeto C, a Nigerian rapper, when he was 15 years of age.
Wizkid had to prove his music skills was worth the trust of his father, and to gain his father’s trust, more time was spent in the Studio doing music stuff. Prior to becoming mega, Wizkid operated as an underground artiste as he co-wrote a song off Banky Wellington’s The W Experience album.
The song co-written by Wizkid is titled Omoge You too Much. Being a talented underground artiste, he got help from Naeto C, record producer OJB Jezreel, and superstar rapper Jude Abaga while composing his own songs. He also got signed into Banky Wellington’s E.M.E (Empire Mates Entertainment) Records in 2009 which gave him a platform to drop his hit song the following year.
In the same year he got signed into his first music imprint, he dropped out as a student from Lagos State University, Lagos State, to concentrate on music. Wizkid later went to study for two sessions at the Lead City University, after which he also dropped out of the school system.
After dropping out of two University systems, he continued working on his album, Superstar, in the same 2009. The lead single for the album was titled Holla at Your Boy and was released in January 2010, precisely on the 2nd day of January, 2010.
The single as critically acclaimed, aired on several radio stations and also got Wizkid a nominated for the Best Pop Single award at the 2011 edition of The Headies and won him the Next Rated award at The Headies in the same year. The music video for the hit single, Holla at Your Boy, was a bomb itself. It topped several music charts at the moment and was repeatedly aired on local TV stations. The music video got nominated in the Most Gifted Newcomer Video at the Channel O Music Awards in 2011.
The music video in the same year also got a nomination as the Best Afropop Video at the Nigeria Music Video Awards. Wizkid followed this single with a second single off the music album. This second single was titled Tease Me/Bad Guys and was dropped on the 2nd of April, 2010. The single was initially a freestyle song.
A third single off the album was released on the 6th of December, 2010. Titles had gotten hotter with this one as it was titled Don’t Dull. The complete album released on the 12th of June in 2011 by his initial music label, Empire Mates Entertainment. Genres of raggae, dancehall and R&B were found to be the types in the album which was recorded in both English language and Yoruba.
Appearances were made in the album too by music acts like Banky W and Wande Coal. The album was said to be released in February 2011, but somehow, launch date was postdated for the album. In July, a launch part was organized by Wizkid for his album.
The party was organized at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos State, Nigeria. It was a fun party as artistes like Lynxxx, Olamide, eLDee, Ice Prince, Skales, Wande Coal, Jesse Jagz, Banky W, Seyi Shay, 2face Idibia and a host of other musicians performed.
The album, Superstar, which was a hit album got nominated at the 2012 edition of The Headies in the Album of the Year category. The was also good enough to win and it won the Best Album of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in the same year, 2012.
Second Album: Ayo
In 2012, Wizkid started working on his third album titled “Ayo”. Work on the album was underway till 2014. Guest appearances were featured from Akon, Banky W, Seyi Shay, Femi Kuti and other musicians. The album was jointly worked on by several top music producers in Nigeria including Shizzi, Sarz, Legendury Beatz, Uhuru, Del B, Maleek Berry, Spellz and Dokta Frabz. The album, which was initially named Chosen suffered a push back release date as reported by MTV Base.
Mavin Records boss, Don Jazzy, YBNL boss Olamide and Efya were two artistes who Wizkid said would be featured in the album. On the 6th of September, 2014, Wizkid went forward to release the tracklisting and cover art of the album, Ayo, was made known by Wizkid. He wanted to release a Mixtape in 2013, Wizkid.
He already had plans to release a Mixtape in 2013 just before releasing a second studio album. In an interview in London with OK!Nigeria TV at the Disturbing Headquarters, Wizkid revealed to the TV that the Mixtape would be released in April and would feature international stars Tinie Tempah and Wale.
He also told OK!Nigeria that his second music album would drop in June, 2013, specifically on the 12th. Shortly, Banky W, who was Wizkid’s guardian musically and who managed his career at the time told HipTV the initial title of Wizkid’s second studio album and made a comment on why it hasn’t been released yet. He also gave a time in advance for the album to be released. Thr ead single for the album was later released in May 2013, and titled Jaiye Jaiye.
The single featured vocals from Femi Kuti. But why Femi Kuti? In a chat with Showtime Celebrity, Wizkid unveiled that he featured Femi Kuti because he didn’t want his audience to picture him as a musician whose lyrics are always about material things like money and girls. On the 26th of October in 2013, a second single off the album was released and this time, a hit was dropped. The single was titled On Top Your Matter and produced by top Nigerian producer Del B.
The music video for On Top Your Matter, which was shot in South Africa and directed by Sesan Ogunro was released on the 13th of February, 2014. In July 2014, Wizkid at The Beat 99.9 FM in Lagos State, Nigeria, revealed to Toolz Oniru that he did a collaboration with Rihanna; the Barbadian songwriter and singer known worldwide.
Sounds from the Other Side
After several hard work had been put in place, Wizkid released the music video for Ojuelegba on the 5th of January in 2015. The single was one of the songs in Nigeria that started the sound and paradigm shift in the industry of Nigeria. Ojuelegba narrates the hurdles and struggles Wizkid faced in the early days, and rising times.
In brief, it’s a story about the music career of Wizkid, his rise from grass to glory. A remix for the single was also released with featured vocals from Drake and Skepta. In July 2015, Ojuelegba premiered on OVO Sound Radio and had previously been aired severally on multiple TV and Radio stations.
When Wizkid visited London in October 2014, he made it known publicly that he’s working on a new album. He revealed that African Bad Gyal which is the title of a collaboration with Chris Brown would be the lead single for the me album. The collaborative single titled African Bad Gyal was performed live on stage by both Wizkid and Chris Brown at the latter’s concert which was hosted in Durban, South Africa. May 2015 witnessed the release of Expensive Shit by Wizkid.
The single was unique being an Afrobeat song with more strings and lines from the Guitar and Saxophone. Expensive Shit was said to also be part of the forthcoming album Wizkid talked about in October 2014. The superstar, Wizkid went on in July 2015 to make a big announcement through his Twitter handle that he would feature Angelique Kidjo on the same album underway.
In September 2015, after 2Baba’s Fortified tribute concert came to a close, Wizkid made a different turn and announced through his Instagram handle that he was releasing his Extended Play and pushing forward the release of his third album to which many news, ears and eyes have been out for, down for and on a lookout for respectively for a while.
Somehow, 2face Idibia’s concert influenced Wizkid’s decisions and made him realize he had to put in more effort. From an interview publication by The Fader magazine, we got to know that Wizkid’s Extended Play (EP) would be titled Sounds from the Other Side.
One Dance With Drake
2016 was a new big year for wizkid as he had become really famous and bagged several awards. On April 5th, 2015, Wizkid made mark as the first Nigerian music act to appear on Twitter Last 24 Hours chart by Billboard after he featured on the single titled One Dance by Drake which sat on the #21 spot on the chart.
On May 12, 2016, One Dance reached the first spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and charted on the #1 spot for 10 weeks simultaneously. The single by Drake also topped charts in 15 countries including the United Kingdom, France and Canada.
This single skyrocketed Wizkid’s career and registered him as a featured artiste in these 15 States. The 5th of June, 2016 saw the release of Like This by Wizkid. The promotional single which was produced by DJ Henry X premiered on Drake’s OVO Sound Radio in the same month it was released.
Wizkid’s Tours Since 2012
Wizkid was still a part of EME record label, and after the label had released their compilation album titled Empire Mates State of Mind, the mates in the label, including Wizkid toured the United States of America from 4th of July 2012, to 2nd of September, 2012.
The label mates in the EME record label performed at different concerts in different states and cities including Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, New York City, and Vancouver. Wizkid toured in London during the EME label acts tour in the US, and he performed at the HMV Apollo.
On the 12th of November, Wizkid performed alongside international music acts like Trey Songz, Kendrick Lamar and Tulisa in Brixton at the BBC Radio 1Xtra Live 02 Academy. On the 17th of October, 2013, Wizkid performed at Felabration; a concert organized to celebrate the late legend of Afrobeat in Nigeria, Fela Kuti, whom Wizkid mentioned as one of his music influences.
He also performed on the 2nd of November, 2013 at the Guiness World of More concert alongside Nigerian musicians like Davido, Phyno, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Ice Prince, Olamide, D’banj, the now defunct music duo P Square and a host of other singers.
The event was hosted at Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos State, Nigeria. On the 23rd of November in the same year, Wizkid was invited to perform at the Guiness Big Eruption Concert (GBEC). In May 2016, the Ojuelegba crooner went with Chris Brown on his world tour named One Hell of a Nite. Prior to joining Chris Brown in 2016, he was invited as a special guest to some events in 2014 in Tinie Tempah’s UK tour.
Wizkid Breaks Out of Empire Mates Entertainment
Rumours that Wizkid was no longer a signee under the EME music label which was run by Banky W at the time went viral after Wizkid made changes to his twitter handle and tweeted a msssgae that was below the threshold of perception.
It was reported that Wizkid left the EME label mansion and went to purchase his own mansion there in Lagos State, specifically in the area of Lekki Phase 1. In the midst of this, the Empire Mates Entertainment boss, Banky Wellington assured fans that nothing was going wrong under the label.
Later on, a report came in that the trouble with the label had something to do with money and that it all started in 2012 at the Empire Mates Entertainment all stars concert.
On February 20, 2013, a solid information was delivered by Information Nigeria. The report narrated that Segun Demuren and Banky W got 50% of Wizkid’s performance, while Wizkid himself got 25%, making it 75% in total between Segun Demuren, Banky W and Wizkid.
The last 25% was channeled to Osagie; the former manager of Wizkid. Wizkid wanted a 50-50 income share with Banky W when he fired his manager Osagie and employed Godwin Tom; a manager he stopped working with in 2014, but Banky W wasn’t ready to take that deal from Wizkid, but was ready to find a manage who would accept 25% for Wizkid.
As a result of disagreement between Wizkid and Banky W, things started going off track. According to Information Nigeria, Wizkid brought in about N24 million naira per month from performing at 3 shows weekly.
Wizkid and his former label reportedly reconciled after a contract negotiation as reported by Nigerian Entertainment Today on the 30th of April, 2013. After the reported reunion, Wizkid performed at an event hosted in The Republic of Benin alongside label mates DJ Xclusive and Shaydee. Strangely in August 2014, Wizkid made it known to Olisa Adibua that he’s going separate ways with the label after he drops his second studio album titled “Ayo”.
The Making of StarBoy Entertainment
On the 5th o March in 2013, a Vanguard writer named Charles Mgbolu reported that Wizkid had created his own music imprint called StarBoy Entertainment. Wizkid confirmed this and revealed that he plans to sign new music acts to his own label in an interview with Yvonne Vixen Ekwere of Silverbird TV. The superstar, Wizkid went on to state that he created his record label, StarBoy Entertainment, to provide a platform for upcoming artistes to glow.
In the same year Wizkid created StarBoy Entertainment, he signed Maleek Berry exactly on the 17th of April. A couple of collaboration by Wizkid with Maleek Berry include songs like Lagos to Soweto and The Matter. On the 29th of April, 2013, it was reported by Premium Times that Wizkid had signed popular Nigerian duo music producers and musicians, Legendury Beatz, to his StarBoy Entertainment. The music team consists of biological brothers Uzezi Oniko and Okiemute Oniko.
Wizkid also made the news super viral as he tweeted the new deal on his Twitter page through his handle. On the 9th of May in 2013, Wizkid shared photos of Legendury Beatz and himself, which was a more vivid confirmation of the new music contract with them. Wizkid had signed quite a number of talented acts in a short while, and went on to sign L.A.X on the 20th of August, 2013.
He made it known publicly after the music video for the label’s official first single titled Caro, was debuted. On the 7th of May in 2013, After performing at the 17th season of Ghana Music Awards, Wizkid announced the signings of Ghanaian music acts Efya, Mr Eazi and R2bees to his label, StarBoy Entertainment.
Wizkid Shocked in Ghastly Accident; Buys New Porsche Cayenne
On the 15th of June in 2013, Wizkid had an accident as he drove through the Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lagos State, Nigeria. It was later reported by Silverbird TV that the star was hospitalized due to the shock from the accident.
MTV Base compiled a couple of reports by eyewitnesses and from the reports, it was gathered that at about 3:30am, Wizkid’s driver upon returning from the SoundCity Nokia Lumia Beat Party, drove with high-speed in a Porsche Panamera, suddenly the front tires of the flashy car blew put and left the driver confused on the steering while he ran into a road barrier at the from of the GET Arena.
It was also gathered that the airbag in the vehicle instantly safeguarded both Wizkid and the driver. Just as was guessed, the Porsche Panamera was badly compressed in some parts and damaged.
Photos of the incident studded blogs, Instagram and Facebook hours after the scene. Two weeks later, Wizkid got a new car, and this time, he got a Porsche Cayenne. He posted the photo of the new car on his Instagram page and captioned it “#Blessed”.
Wizkid, The Media & The Fatherhood Strife
On the 22nd of August, 2011, a report by the Nigerian Entertainment Today made it known that Wizkid had his first child at the age of 21. Futher investigation revealed the mother of Wizkid’s first child. From the investigation, it was unveiled that Wizkid impregnated Sola Ogudugu; an undergraduate student at the time.
A few news outlets related to the family of Sola Ogudugu confirmed they knew about the relationship between the duo. In addition, the news didn’t seem to bother friends and relatives of Wizkid as DNA tests of the child were not out and confirmed. However, Wizkid had spoken out of silence in several interviews when asked questions pertaining the issue. Shockingly, he denied having a child in an interview with an editor with Nigerian Entertainment Today.
He denied the responsibility of having a child and said he doesn’t want to find himself in that very situation in an interview organized at Ogudu-GRA in Lagos State, Nigeria. He also denied having a child and having impregnated an undergraduate student in an interview with The Punch’s Nonye Ben-Nwankwo in December, 2012.
In October 2013, After the child controversy and media strife on the same issue in 2011 and 2012, Wizkid uploaded a photo of a 2-year old child known as Boluwatife, son of Sola Ogudugu; the undergraduate student Wizkid had impregnated at the time, on his Instagram page.
This act by Wizkid was a thorough confirmation of the supposed rumour floating in the air for 2 years, and it empowered the Nigerian Entertainment Today as an authority news outlet that caught the story at first.
Wizkid Charged for Duping Students in UNILAG
On the 19th of June, 2013, Men from the Nigerian Police Force approached and question the Daddy Yo crooner and his management due to charges dressed against them by a couple of students from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
The students from UNILAG reported that Wizkid agreed to perform on the 21st of May, 2013 at the UNILAG Sports Centre for the total sum of N500,000, but he didn’t show up neither did he return the money they paid.
After investigation by the Police, the came to a common ground that the students were tricked by scammers who created fake email and social media accounts, and who claimed to be under the Empire Mates Entertainment record label.
These scammers were later caught and detained in Lagos State by law enforcement agents. Wizkid, in an interview with Showtime Celebrity, commented on both the accusations laid on him and on the scammers who were at last detained.
Wizkid lives a really good life in Lagos State, but travels to different places to perform. From all we know, Wizkid is busy and has a son from his babymama, Sola Ogudugu. He also has another son from a second babymama.
Wizkid has been involved in social media fights with top musicians in the Nigerian entertainment industry, but has done more good than harm to the industry. He has had mutual hostilities with musicians like Dammy Krane, his former label boss Banky W, his former label mate Skales, Samklef, Davido, popular celebrity blogger Linda Ikeji, and actress Tonto Dikeh.
Wizkid has an estimated net worth of $25 million dollars. He works with international stars like Drake and Chris Brown, and he’s got his name on the payroll of a couple of companies or brands in Nigeria to which he’s brand ambassador. Wizkid earns cool from music sales, show bookings, endorsement deals and other personal deals.
In past times Wizkid bagged a $350,000 dollar endorsement deal with mega drink manufacturing company, Pepsi. He also signed a brand endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria which was worth several millions of naira. Wizkid also bagged a multimillion naira endorsement deal with Guiness Nigeria for the Guiness World of More Concert.
These endorsement deals form a large part of Wizkid’s total annual earnings and net worth. He also owns flashy cars, houses and properties worth over N500 million naira. The star music act also earns cool cash from invitations to perform at shows, where he earns nothing below than N5 million naira.
In October 2018, Wizkid performed at a royal wedding ceremony in India where he was reportedly paid 50 million rupees, which is equivalent to over $680,000 dollars and over N240 million naira.
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