By Alao Abiodun
Afro-pop star Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly often known as Wizkid has risen to turn out to be one of many greatest artistes within the music business – and by extension its popular culture – within the final decade.
12 months in, 12 months out, Wizkid has continued to affect, outline and alter the style with energy strikes which have seen a seeming paradigm shift within the focus of worldwide report labels and administration in direction of Africa.
Listed here are few issues to know concerning the pop star who clocks 30 at this time:
1. Wizkid was born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun on July 16, 1990, in Surulere, Lagos. He grew up residing with 12 sisters; his father, Alhaji M.O Balogun, who’s Muslim and a Christian mum, Mrs. Balogun.
2. Wizkid wasn’t all the time often known as Wizkid as he was once referred to as ‘Lil Prinz’ when he simply began singing however modified the title in 2006. He went to Ijebu Ode Grammar College after which Lagos State College the place he later dropped out.
3. His sojourn within the music business began at 11 when he was a part of a bunch, ‘Wonderful 5’. By the point he was 15, Wizkid had already met OJB Jezreel who he adopted intently and watched different huge stars like 2Face, Sound Sultan and Neato C.
4. Wizkid’s very first single is titled ‘Mami water’. He later signed to Banky W’s EME report label in 2009 which was the start his rise, he dropped his first studio album ‘Famous person’ in 2009 and launched the hit music ‘Holla at your Boy’ in 2010
5. The album ‘Famous person,’ which was launched in 2011 beneath Empire Mates Leisure, took Wizkid to the size and breadth of the world. In 2014, he dropped the second album ‘Ayo,’ which had a bunch of music stars on its characteristic checklist. One music that stood out was ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ that includes the music icon, Femi Kuti.
6. Wizkid has labored with not simply huge music stars within the nation however exterior the shores of Nigeria together with Drake and Chris Brown.
7. In 2016, Wizkid grew to become the primary Nigerian singer to make it to Billboard’s Twitter Final 24 hours chart following his visitor characteristic with Drake on the hit single ‘One Dance’.
8. With regards to endorsement offers, Wizkid is the cynosure of all eyes particularly for notable manufacturers. From Pepsi to MTN and even Glo. In 2019, Wizkid was introduced because the headliner for UBA’s strategic company market occasion.
9. Wizkid has three albums to his credit score; Famous person (2011), Ayo (2014) and Sounds from the Different Facet (2017).
10. Wizkid is a father to a few sons. He welcomed his first son, Boluwatife in 2011 on the age of 21 along with his then-girlfriend turned child mama, Shola Ogudugu. In 2016, Wizkid welcomed his second son, Ayodeji along with his second child mama, Binta Diallo.
It’s true that ‘Ojuelegba’ is the music that drew the eye of the worldwide scene however for the die-hard followers, who had been youngsters and younger adults in 2010, ‘Holla at your Boy’ stays the music of the last decade.
Wizkid nonetheless desires you to holla at him however he’s now Starboy.