Do you want to know Wizkid Net worth, how many cars he has, his love life, awards, and kids? You’re checking the right page! Let’s dive a little bit into Wizkid’s life.
Wizkid whose real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun is a multi-award winning Nigerian artist. Born on the 16th of July 1990, he rose to fame after dropping his single “Holla At Your Boy” in 2011 under the umbrella of EME record label, which is owned by Banky W.
Here are a few things we know about the superstar;
Early Life of Wizkid
Wizkid grew up in Surelere, Lagos state, Nigeria with his parents and siblings. He was raised by inter-faith parents alongside 12 siblings. Wizkid’s mom was a pentecostal Christian and his dad, a Muslim. His father also had two other wives in addition to his mom.
Wizkid’s father’s full name is Alhaji Muniru Olatunji Balogun, he has three wives and thirteen children. The family lived in Shitta while Wizkid’s mother full name is Dolapo Jane Balogun
Wizkid is the only male child in his family, meaning, he has 12 sisters of which 2 of them are the same mother with him – Lade and Yetunde Balogun
Did Wizkid come from a rich family?
No, Wizkid didn’t come from a rich family and some people say, and also, his parents are not poor either. They’re just like other families in Nigeria who finds a means of survival.
Note that, Wizkid’s father is not the owner of Teslim Balogun Stadium – that was one of the lies people spread, thinking that Alhaji Muniru Balogun’s family is rich
The StarBoy did love music since he’s of young age. He formed a group called “The Glorious Five” with some of his church friends. However, they didn’t make waves but still performed till 2006 where the group was disbanded. Wizkid was known by the group as Lil Prinz.
After his secondary education at Ijebu Ode grammar school, Wizkid attended Lagos State University (LASU) but had to drop out in 2009. Later he attended Lead City University but discontinued just after two sessions.
Wizkid was born on the 16th of July, 1990 – That means he’s currently 30 years old (in 2020).
Wizkid Music Career
After his time with The Glorious Five, Wizkid who love listening to popular artists like Bob Marley, Sunny Ade, and Fela Kuti set out to make a name for himself. He would like to be popular like these men but would first have to deal with rejection.
In a studio where top stars at the time did record their songs, Wizkid was prevented from recording. The Point Beat Studio which was owned by OJB Jezreel, saw notable names like 2face and Sound Sultan record their songs.
Wizkid joined Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) in 2009—a year in which he co-wrote a song for Banky W’s album. A year later, precisely 2nd January 2010, Wizkid released his first hit single Holla At Your Boy. A song that saw him hit the limelight. It was the lead track for his first album—Superstar, which he released the next year.
The track, which won him a couple of awards including Headies Next Rated award in 2011, had other tracks on the Superstar album. Tease Me/Bad and Don’t Dull was the album’s second and third singles respectively. The album was soon recognized across the country and incidentally, ended up winning the Album Of The Year by Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2012.
The same year, Wizkid alongside Banky W., Skales, Niyola, and Shaydee released the label’s compilation album: Empire Mates State of Mind.
On September 17, 2014, Wizkid dropped his second album—Ayo… meaning “Joy” in Yoruba. It had the following tracks: Jaiye Jaiye (2013), On Top Your Matter (2013), One Question (2014), Joy (2014), Bombay (2014), and Show You The Money (2014).
Wizkid left EME after releasing his second album and launched his record label—Starboy Entertainment. He dropped his third album—”Sounds From The Other Side (SFTOS)” on the 14th of July 2017. The album included Daddy Yo (2016), Sweet Love (2017), Come Closer ft. Drake (2017), African Bad Gyal (2017), and Naughty Ride (2017).
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On the 6th December 2019, Wizkid released his first EP. titled Soundman Vol. 1 which included tracks like Joro and more. The artist set out to drop his fourth album in June 2020 but has since postponed its release to a further date.
Summary: Wizkid’s album and year released till date
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, also known as Wizkid has dropped 3 albums and an EP. till date, which are:
- Superstar – (under EME): 2010/11
- Ayo – (under EME): 2014
- Sounds from the Other Side – (under his label, StarBoy): 2017
- Soundman Vol. 1 EP – (under Starboy): 2019
Wizkid loves to emulate Pharrell Williams, in terms of fashion, hinted about a release of his fashion brand. He is a fashionista with a preference for street and traditional clothing.
At age 21, it was gathered that a lady got pregnant for the celebrity. Sola Ogudugu’s pregnancy for Wizkid sparked lots of controversies in 2011. After some months of silence, Wizkid did reveal that he was innocent of such accusations. However, an Instagram post with his 2-year-old son a couple of years later confirmed the earlier reports.
The star has also been involved in online battles with various celebrities including Dele Momodu, Davido, Banky W., Linda Ikeji, Tonto Dike, and others.
Wizkid and Olamide are friends right from when they both came into the spotlight. Their first song together is “Omo To Shan” which was and still one of the best collaboration ever. Recently, the duo was featured in a song by Olamide’s former boss, ID Cabasa titled “Totori” which is also a good collab.
Wizkid hasn’t produced a superstar unlike Davido and Olamide, but recently, Wizkid is pushing one of his artists, Ceeza Milli to the world and we hope the young artist does well and be accepted like his peers.
Wizkid had a very intimate relationship with Tiwa Savage, which triggered the rumor that the duo was dating, especially after releasing one of his music videos “Fever”. But the two artists are now seen together like before, seems somethings have naturally killed their feelings (lol).
Wizkid Baby-mamas and Children
Wizkid also has three cute sons from three different baby-mamas. His sons and baby-mamas are:
- Bolutife Balogun – with Oluwanisola Ogudu in 2011
- Ayodeji Balogun (Blue Diamond) – with Model Binta in 2016
- Zion Balogun – with Jada Pollock in 2017
Like most celebrities, Wizkid is a car lover and has a collection of exotic cars. Here are his collection of cars:
- Bentley Continental GT Speed
- BMW X6
- Hyundai Sonata
- Mercedes Benz G63 AM
- Porsche Cayenne
- Porsche Panamera
- Lamborghini Prime X2
Wizkid has two beautiful and expensive mansions, one is in Nigeria in Lekki which is reported to worth over N70 million and the second one is in Los Angeles.
Wizkid is 5”4 tall, some people say he is one of the shortest in the music industry alongside M.I
Wizkid Notable Achievements and Awards
Since his rise to fame, Wizkid has gone ahead to win a good number of awards. Here are his awards and notable achievements.
Full List of Wizkid’s Awards:
- 2012 – Best International Act: Africa by BET Awards
- 2015 – Pop Artist Of The Year by City People Entertainment
- 2015 – Male Artist Of The Year by Nigeria Entertainment Awards
- 2015 – Best Collaboration with “A” List Artiste by Top Naija Music Awards.
- 2015 – Hottest Single Of The Year (Ojuelegba) by Nigeria Entertainment Awards
- 2016 – Best African Act by MTV Europe Music Awards
- 2016 – Artist Of The Year by The Headies
- 2016 – Best Collaboration ft. Absolut (Soweto Baby) by MTV Africa Music Awards
- 2016 – Best Worldwide Act by MTV Europe Music Awards
- 2016 – Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Song by Teen Awards
- 2016 – Best Male Artist by MTV Africa Music Awards
- 2016 – Artist Of The Year by MTV Africa Music Awards
- 2016 – Song Of The Year (Ojuelegba) by Headies
- 2016 – Best R&B/Pop Album (Ayo) by Headies
- 2017 – Hip-Hop Song Of The Year (One Dance) by iHeartRadio Music
- 2017 – Top R&B Song (One Dance) by Billboard Music
- 2017 – Top Streaming Song (One Dance) by Billboard Music
- 2017 – Canadian Single Of The Year (One Dance) by iHeartRadio Music
- Most Thumbed Up Song Of The Year by iHeartRadio Music
- 2017 – Top R&B Collaboration ft. Drake (One Dance) by Billboard Music
- 2017 – Young Person Of The Year by Future Awards Africa
- 2017 – Song Of The Year (One Dance) by Echo Awards
- 2017 – Best International Act: Africa by BET Awards
- 2018 – Viewers Choice Award (Come Closer) by Headies
- 2018 – Best R&B/Pop Album (SFTOS) by Headies
- 2018 – Best Collabo ft. Tiwa Savage (Ma Lo) by Headies
- 2019 – The Ashford & Simpsons Songwriter’s Award (Brown Skin Girl) by Soul Train Music
- 2020 – Outstanding Duo or Group (Brown Skin Girl) by NAACP Image Awards
And just recently…
- 2020 – Her Award (Brown Skin Girl) by BET Awards
Wizkid Notable Achievements
- In February 2014, Wizkid reached a milestone of 1 million followers on Twitter—the first Nigerian to accomplish such feet.
- 5th April 2016, the song “One Dance” was listed on Billboard’s Twitter Last 24 hours chart, making him the first Nigerian to appear on the chart. The track which featured Drake went on to top charts for 10 non-consecutive weeks starting from May 12, 2016.
- One Dance also earned him a spot in Guinness World Records. He is the first Afrobeat artist to achieve this.
- Wizkid is the first to sell out 02 Arena in Nigeria, even before Davido did.
Wizkid Net Worth
After years of music sales, endorsement deals, and branding, Wizkid is worth an estimated $20 million according to Forbes and that’s approximately N7.75 billion in 2020.
With this information about Wizkid, you definitely know that he’s a legend, isn’t it?
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