Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun was born on the 16th of July, 1990. Better known by his stage name Wizkid sometimes styled as WizKid, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. His musical journey started many years ago. He started recording music at the age of 11. He managed to release a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed. In 2009, he signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E). He rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of the song Holla at Your Boy from his debut studio album, Superstar. Tease Me/Bad Guys, Don’t Dull, Love My Baby, Pakurumo and Oluwa Lo Ni were also released as singles from the Superstar album.
Wizkid’s self-titled second studio album, Ayo, was released in September 2014 and was preceded by six singles: Jaiye Jaiye, On Top Your Matter, One Question, Joy, Bombay and Show You the Money. The album featured the runaway hit Ojuelegba. The song brings to the fore the struggles of Wizkid as an underground artist who roamed the streets of Ojuelegba, a lagos metropolitan subsection, chasing his musical career. The song was ranked number 12 on the list of 107 best songs for the year 2015 by The Fader Magazine.
In April 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, One Dance, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. With this song, Wizkid became Nigeria’s first artist to emerge on Billboard’s Twitter Last 24 hours chart. The song charted at number 21 and in May 12, 2016, the song reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position it kept for 10 non-consecutive weeks. In addition to his solo work, Wizkid has collaborated with several other artists and was featured on the hits Girl with Bracket, Fine Lady with Lynxxx, Sexy Mama with Iyanya, Slow Down with R2Bees, The Matter with Maleek Berry, Pull Over with KCee and Bad Girl with Jesse Jagz.
Following the release of his second studio album and expiration of his 5-year recording contract, Wizkid left E.M.E. On 1 March 2017, Billboard magazine reported that Wizkid signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records. The deal was first reported by several media outlets in September 2016. The chairman and CEO of RCA Records, Peter Edge, somewhat confirmed the signing while speaking to Music Business Worldwide in January 2017.
Wizkid was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists. In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter. Moreover, he became the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the 2018 Guinness World Records for his contribution to Drake’s hit song One Dance.
WizKid has embarked on several world tours. After releasing their compilation album Empire Mates State of Mind, EME acts toured the United States. The tour kicked off on 4 July 2012 and ended on 2 September 2012. EME acts performed in several different cities, including Houston, Dallas, Toronto, Vancouver, New York City, Providence, Calgary, Atlanta, Washington DC, and Chicago. Wizkid toured London in 2012 and performed at the HMV Apollo on 4 June 2012. On 12 November 2012, he performed at the BBC Radio 1Xtra Live 02 Academy in Brixton alongside Trey Songz, Tulisa, Kendrick Lamar and Angel. On 17 October 2013, Wizkid performed at the 2013 edition of Felabration, a yearly concert dedicated to the late Fela Kuti. On 2 November 2013, he performed at the Guinness Colorful World of More concert alongside D’banj, Tiwa Savage, P-Square, Davido, Ice Prince, Burna Boy, Olamide and Phyno, among others. The concert took place at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotels and Suites. On 23 November 2013, Wizkid performed at the Guinness Big Eruption Concert. Wizkid was invited as a special guest for some shows in Tinie Tempah’s tour of the UK in 2014. Wizkid joined Chris Brown on his “One Hell of a Nite” world tour in May 2016.
As of November 2017, Nigerian recording artist Wizkid has received a total of 49 awards from 168 nominations. He is the recipient of two BET Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, two iHeartRadio Music Awards, one MTV Europe Music Awards, four MTV Africa Music Awards, one iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards, two SoundCity MVP Awards, one African Pride Award, three MOBO Awards, six 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. In addition, he has been nominated five times at the MTV Europe Music Awards, three times at the American Music Awards, once at the Grammy Awards, as well as four times at the World Music Awards