30 quick facts about Wizkid you should know as he turns 30 today

Nigerian music star, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun better known globally as Wizkid is no doubt one of the biggest music exports…

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Nigerian music star, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun better known globally as Wizkid is no doubt one of the biggest music exports of Nigeria and Africa.

The multiple award-winning Afrobeat singer who describes himself as ‘Starboy’ has etched his name indelibly on the hearts of all music-loving fans across the world.

30 quick facts about Wizkid you should know as he turns 30 today
Wizkid

His music and popularity span across the entire African continent with great international appeal and brand image.

Today marks his 30th birthday and we believe these thirty facts about him are a must-know:

  1. Born on July 16, 1990, the singer hails from Lagos State and is from a family of six. He is the last child and also the only son.
  2. He started singing at the age of eleven under the stage name Lil Prinz. He also formed a group at 11 called Glorious Five. The group later released a 7-track album that was released in the church.
  3. His first album was with the Glorious 5 and it sold 10,000 copies.
  4. He had his first-ever recording with OJB Jezreel at 11.
  5. At the age of 15, he was songwriting and receiving guidance from Naeto C.
  6. In 2006, he changed his name from the moniker Lil Prinz to Wizkid.
  7. Before rising to stardom Wizkid was lucky enough to have crossed paths with celebrated artists like 2Face, Idibia, Naeto C, Sound Sultan.
  8. He broke into the spotlight in 2009 when he featured on rapper, M.I Abaga’s song, “Fast Cars”.
  9. His break out single is “Holla At Your Boy” that was released in 2010.
  10. In 2011, the musician welcomed his first son, Boluwatife. He currently has three.
  11. He acquired his first car in 2011. A black Honda Accord i-VTEC.
  12. In the same 2011, he dropped out of Lead City University in his third year. He was studying “International Relations”.
  13. His first solo album was released in 2011 with E.M.E titled, ‘Superstar’. The album had 17 tracks.
  14. In April 2012, E.M.E signed a joint deal on Wizkid with Akon’s Konvict.
  15. He floats his Record Label, Star Boy.
  16. The singer’s favourite colour is black.
  17. Wizkid’s first International Collaboration was with Akon on Don’t Dull (Remix).
  18. He was reported to have popped N300million Champagne at his 23rd Birthday.
  19. According to FeeBuzz.com, his hit track, “Azonto” was the third non-American songs of 2013.
  20. He is the youngest African artiste to get a Grammy nomination.
  21. Wizkid is the first African pop star to perform/sell-out Royal Albert Hall in London.
  22. He is the Nigerian artiste with the most award nominations in Nigeria.
  23. He is the first African to bag seven Billboard nominations.
  24. He is the first Nigerian artiste to win three Billboard awards.
  25. Wizkid is the first afro-pop artiste to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  26. He is the first Nigerian artiste to win an award from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
  27. Thanks to his collaboration on “One Dance” a track he was featured on by Canadian rapper, Drake, Wizkid is the only Nigerian artiste to maintain the number one spot on iTunes World Chart for more than one week.
  28. 24 hours after its release, Wizkid’s “Come Closer” on which he featured Drake got up to a million views on YouTube. This makes Wizkid the first African artiste whose video hit the million mark within the first 24 hours of its release. He broke his record with the music video for “Fever”. The video features Nigerian superstar, Tiwa Savage who plays his love interest.
  29. The governor of Minnesota, Mark Brandt Dayton honoured the singer, by naming a day after him in the US.
  30. In an interview with Alex Frank of Vogue magazine in February 2015, Wizkid said he wears a mixture of streetwear and traditional Nigerian clothes. He cited Pharrell Williams as one of his fashion style icons.

On the flip side, Wizkid has a loud presence in Ghana. As a result, he has collaborated with some Ghanaian artistes and produced numerous hits.

Key amongst them include:

  • Ojuelegba – Wizkid ft Sarkodie
  • Slow Down – R2bees ft Wizkid
  • Tokyo – King Promise ft Wizkid
  • Tonight – R2bees ft Wizkid
  • Supa – R2bees ft Wizkid
  • Daddy Yo – Wizkid ft Efya
  • You Go Kill Me Remix – Sarkodie ft Wizkid etc…

We wish Wizkid a Happy Birthday and Good Fortunes In The Years Ahead.

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