Wizkid is believed to be the most popular and richest music star in the country. Starting his career at the age of 11, his net worth is now estimated to be about $11 million. His single “Holla at Your Boy” became an overnight hit and gave Wizkid a huge jumpstart for his future career. How did Wizkid manage to become so successful? Let’s take a look at Wizkid biography and his path to success.
From Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun to the “Starboy”
Wizkid or Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun was born in Surulere (16 July 1990). Surulere is a small residential part of Lagos, Nigeria and is known as a commercial district as well. Wizkid spent his childhood with twelve female siblings. His mother was Christian by faith, but his father practiced Islam. Wizkid and his family did not really spend a lot of time together. In recent interviews, Wizkid claimed that his father had three wives and it made for a not-so-cosy family scenario.
Since his early days, Wizkid has been addicted to music. The first collaborative album he released was with a group called the Glorious Five which was made up of him and his church friends. In 2009, Banky W’s record label Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) signed a record deal with him. Shortly after that, his first single “Holla at Your Boy” from his first studio album Superstar (2011) was released.
After the song was greatly welcomed by music lovers, Wizkid recorded some more hits, such as: “Love My Baby”, “Don’t Dull”, “Oluwa Lo Ni”, “Pakurumo”. All these singles were recorded as a part of the Album.
In 2013, Wizkid established his own recording studio “Starboy”. His second studio album – Ayo, was released shortly after that in September 2014. The self-titled album included such hits as: “On Top Your Matter”,”Joy”, “Bombay” “Jaiye Jaiye”, “One Question”.
Wizkid released a promotional single “Like This” on the 5th June 2016. Produced by Ghanaian producer DJ Henry X, the song was seen as a mix of Wizkid’s style and Drakes’ tempo. Soon after the release of his second studio album, Wizkid left E.M.E. But Wizkid did not plan to leave the limelight. On 1st March 2017, the Nigerian singer signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records.
Drake and Wizkid’s “One Dance”
2016 was a year of international recognition for Wizkid. His collaboration with Drake on the global hit, “One Dance” brought Wizkid to the top charts of 15 countries. It included the music charts of the United States, United Kingdom, and even Australia.
Wizkid still remains Nigeria’s first artist to appear on Billboard’s Twitter Last 24 hours chart. Wizkid and Drake’s afrobeat-mixed “One Dance” single, reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was so popular that it stayed at the top spot for 10 weeks.
Despite the successful collaboration with Drake, Wizkid did not let up in his own music. He recorded some solo hits. Also, he worked together with several famous artists on hits, such as “The Matter” (with Maleek Berry), “Bad Girl” (with Jesse Jagz), “Girl” (with Bracket), “Fine Lady” (with Lynxxx), “Pull Over” (with KCee), “Slow Down” (with R2Bees)
Wizkid’s kids and baby mamas
Back in 2011, a lot of rumours about Wizkid’s fatherhood swept the media. It was disclosed that the singer was a father at the age of 21. Some news sources claimed that the mother of Wizkid’s kid was then-undergraduate student Sola Ogudugu.
In addition, both Sola and Wizkid’s families acknowledged the relationship between their children. When the story came up, neither Wizkid or anyone close to him confirmed that they had children together. Soon after that, Wizkid mentioned in several interviews that he did not have any children. He kept on denying that fact up until October 2013. This was when the singer uploaded a picture of him and his 2-year-old son to his Instagram account.
Boluwatife Balogun, Wizkid’s son, seemed to be about 2-years-old at the time. The photo confirmed the fact that Wizkid fathered a child back in 2011. Then rumours came out the second time around, of another child with another baby mama. Again, the singer tried to deny but he soon admitted it. Now it is not a secret that the Starboy has two sons from two different beauties. The second gorgeous lady that birthed Wizkid’s second son is Binta Diamond.