WizKid: Ayodeji Balogun Biography, Net Worth, Marital Status, Profile, Son, Award, Nomination, Age & History.
According to recent surveys, entertainment industry is currently one of the largest employer of Nigerian youth which include high school graduates, higher institution graduates and under-graduates. One among the trending Nigerian hip pop artists is Wizkid and this article will present you everything you need to know about him.
WizKid Biography, Award, Nomination, Age, Marital Status, Profile, Net Worth, Son & History.
Who is WizKid?
Yeah we all know that talented hip pop artist. We all know he is a Nigerian and Banky W was once his boss. But really, who is he? This is a very broad question whose answer will be segmented in to different categories which will includes his early life, education background/history, religion, marital status, nominations & awards, net worth, age etc.
Please adjust your seat to a very comfortable position, make provision for snacks and drink as this is going to be a very long but interesting.
WizKid Early Life, Date of Birth (Age), Home Town & State of Origin.
Wizkid full real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. He was born on the 16th day of July 1990 which will make him 27 years old by July 16th of this year (2017). He is the last child and only Son of his nuclear family with 12 female siblings. His father who married three wives practice Islam while his mother is a Pentecostal Christian.
Wizkid was born in Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria which makes him a Lagosian and a Nigerian. He went to Ijebu Ode Grammar School and started his singing career as a church choir at the tender age of 11 under the name Lil Prinz. As a choir, he formed a group called Glorious Five which was later disbanded, though they managed to release an album.
Wait, did that just confirmed wizkid religion as Christian? Don’t answer that.
Ayodeji Balogun Education Background.
Wizkid is a drop out of two different universities. He dropped out of Lagos State University (LASU) in 2009 and Lead City University in 2011.
He tried his best to own a University degree, but to no avail. But seriously, Who School Help? Don’t answer that.
Ayo Ibrahim Balogun Career, Nominations, Awards and Endorsements.
As i have said earlier, Ayo started his career in church, formed a group called glorious five which managed to release an album before it was disbanded. He went by the stage name Lil Prinz then, before he changed it to Wizkid.
He later met OJB Jezreel, a record producer and while visiting OJB’s PointBeat Studios, he watched 2 Face Idibia record songs for his Grass 2 Grace album and Sound Sultan’s debut album, Jagbajantis. He also worked with MI, Ikechuckwu and Naeto C who he called one of his mentor and coach at the age of 15.
Now his real career started when he signed a record deal with Banky W’s EME (Empire Mates Entertainment) in 2009 (at the age of 19) and featured in Banky W’s album, The W Experience, M.I’s Fast Money, Fast Cars, and Kel’s Turn by Turn.
He started recording his first album, Superstar in 2009 and released Holla at your boy as the album’s lead single in January 2010, Tease Me/Bad Guys as the album second single in April 2010, Don’t Dull as the album third single in December 2010. Among other singles in the album are Love My Baby, Pakurumo and Oluwa Lo Ni.
The album was officially launched on 12 June 2011, by EME at the Expo Hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites which featured the performances of prominent artists including Banky W, 2face Idibia, Skales, Wande Coal, Samklef, D’Prince, Olamide, Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince, eLDee, Lynxxx and Seyi Shay.
He started recording his second album, Ayo in 2012 and released Jaiye Jaiye ft Femi Kuti as its Lead Single in May 2013, On Top Your Matter as the album second single in October 2013 whose video was shot in South Africa. Among other singles in the album are One Question, Joy, Bombay and Show You the Money. The album was officially released in September 2014.
After 2014, wizkid has released Ojuelegba (January 2015), African Bad Girl with Chris Brown (April 2015), Expensive Shit (May 2015), he appeared as a featured artists on Drake’s One Dance in April 2016 and released a promotional single titled Like This in June 2016. Like this premiere on Drake’s OVO Sound Radio. Wizkid collaboration with drake gave him an international recognition.
Wizkid break up story from EME started in 2012 and money was at the centre of the controversy. Wizkid was getting 25 percent from every performance, Banky W and Segun Demuren were getting 50 percent and Osagie, Wizkid’s former manager, was getting the remaining 25 percent. Ayo wanted a 50-50 share with Banky W, a proposal which was unacceptable to Banky W. He left, reunited and left EME again within 2013 and 2014.
But he officially part ways with EME on March 1 2017 following the release of his second studio album, Ayo and expiration of his 5-year recording contract.
While Wizkid was having problem with EME, he established his own label imprint Starboy Entertainment in 2013. Within 2013 till date, Wizkid has signed Maleek Berry, Uzezi Oniko and Okiemute Oniko, popularly known as Legendury Beatz, L.A.X, Efya, R2Bees, and Mr Eazi to Starboy Entertainment.
In March 2017 it was announced that Wizkid had signed a major deal with RCA Records and Sony International, which would release his forthcoming third LP. A handful of new singles appeared in advance of the album including “Sweet Love” and Drake-assisted Come Closer.
Nomination & Award.
Ayo Balogun is a recipient of numerous nominations, endorsements and awards which include a BET Award, a MOBO Award, five The Headies Awards, two Channel O Music Video Awards, six Nigeria Entertainment Awards, two Ghana Music Awards, two Dynamix All Youth Awards, two City People Entertainment Awards, and a Future Award.
Holla at Your Boy;
- Won Next Rated Award, The Headies 2011.
- Nominated for Best Pop Single, The Headies 2011.
- Video was nominated for Most Gifted Newcomer Video at the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards.
- Video was also nominated for Best Afro Pop Video at the 2011 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA).
- Best Album of the Year at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
- Nominated for Album of the Year at The Headies 2012.
He has received three nominations at the MTV Europe Music Awards. He has also been nominated four times at the World Music Awards.
2012: Pepsi one year endorsement deal that worth 350,000 US Dollars.
- One year endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria that worth 110 million naira.
- One year endorsement deal with Guiness for the “Guinness World of More” concert.
2015: Endorsement deal with Glo worth 180 million naira.
Ayo Balogun was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists. He became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter in February 2014.
Wizkid Fall Out.
It seems to me that wizkid always find ways to put himself in the news. He has clashed with Banky W, Skales, Davido, Dammy Krane, Saeon, Tonto Dikeh, Samklef and Linda Ikeji during his short time in the entertainment industry.
Ayo Balogun Marital Status.
Wizkid is currently single, but father of a 6 years old (in 2017) boy. A son he denied for 2 years (2011 – 2013).
Wizkid Net Worth 2017 in US Dollars (Forbes).
His assets are estimated to worth over 14 million US Dollars. His assets include Lekki house that worth 70 million naira, Mercedes 2012 Compressor (N10 million), Black Honda Accord I-VTEC (N8 million), Hyundai Sonata (N6.5 million), Porsche Panamera (over N15 million) crashed in an accident, BMW X6 (almost N12 million), Bentley (N45.5 million) and Porsche Cayenne (N18 million).
There you have it on the biography of Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun whose stage name is Wizkid. For those asking for his private phone number, i will work on that. You can add more to this information via the comment box.
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