No 6: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun ‘Wizkid’ – Top 30 Naija Most Successful Artistes in the year 2019
The 2019 Naija Top 30 Artistes measures and ranks Nigeria’s prominent recording artistes by blending data from AC’s most influential charts, with album and track sales (both digital and physical), radio airplay, streaming, downloads from top African (Nigerian) entertainment sites, social media fan interaction, as well as YouTube and Eflex9jablog’s views.
In short Top 30 Naija Artistes provides a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of Nigerian recording artiste by popularity.
Nigeria’s golden boy Wizkid has been making music since his pre-teen years. After nearly two decades in the industry, he has acquired a small fortune through his music, international tours and business ventures. He even is an artist who sells his work online. Not bad for a 29-year-old who once lived in the “ghetto” of Lagos.
Here’s a look at Wizkid’s biography.
Wizkid real name
Wizkid’s real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. During the early years of his music career, he was known as Lil Prinz. He changed to Wizkid as a teenager. Some of Wizkid’s nicknames include IB-boy, Wizzy, Wiz Lion, Wiz Lion and Wizzy Baby.
How old is Wizkid? Wizkid age
Wizkid was born in Surulere, Lagos, on July 16, 1990. His father, Alhaji Muniru Olatunji Balogun, is polygamous and is believed to have 12 other children from his three wives. Wizkid’s siblings are all females, making him his father’s only son.
Wizkid’s mother, Jane Dolapo, credits his Christian upbringing and hard work for his rise to the top. His mother is a Pentecostal Christian while his father is Muslim. Wizkid started his music career in church at the age of 11. He formed the group Glorious Five with some of his friends from church.
Wizkid released his first solo album in 2011. He named the offering Superstar. It was a fitting title as the album helped turn him into a superstar. The album’s lead single, Holla at Your Boy, was released in 2010 and was a commercial success. Wizkid won fans over with his R&B, dancehall and reggae sound. He would go on to win “Best Album of the Year” at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Award.
Since his debut, Wizkid has released two other studio albums, Ayo and Sounds from the Other Side. He also dropped a compilation album called Empire State of Mind in 2012.
Some of Wizkid’s hit songs include Come Closer, Number One Lover, Fever and Brown Skin Girl – a song he recorded for Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift album.
Wizkid gained global fame when he featured on Drake’s hit single, One Dance, in 2016. He has a large fanbase outside of Nigeria and has performed in South Africa, the UK and the USA. He has over 12 million fans on Instagram and Twitter combined. Wizkid has also worked with Chris Brown and Fergie.
Wizkid’s height has been a major talking point amongst his haters, with some calling him a “midget”. He is on the average side when it comes to height. He is 5 ft 4 (1,62cm) – far from dwarf size but nowhere near Shaquille O’Neal’s 2,16 m.
Wizkid has been linked to several beautiful women over the years. He has no problem attracting the opposite sex. The handsome young star usually has underwear thrown at him during his performances. He reportedly dated Tiwa Savage in 2018 after they worked together, but they both denied the rumours. Wizkid was also spotted with Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock late last year. While his fans hoped the pair were a couple, they just posed together for a picture at a party.
Wizkid has three children. Boluwatife ‘Bolu’ Balogun was born in 2011, Ayodeji Balogun entered the world in 2016 and Zion Balogun in 2017. Bolu has his own clothing line, Czar and Czarina, which was released on his seventh birthday in May 2018.
What’s a rapper without a fleet of luxury cars? Wizkid has owned a Porsche Panamera, BMW X6, Bentley, Mercedes Benz compressor and a Lamborghini Urus. The first car he owned was a 2011 Black Honda Accord i-VTEC, which cost around ₦8 million. He has spent over ₦200 million on cars since hitting the big time.
Wizkid reportedly owns two houses, one in Lagos and one in Los Angeles. He reportedly spent $5 million on his LA mansion. “Crib so big I got no neighbours,
he captioned a picture of his pad on Instagram. The home reportedly has three floors!
Wizkid net worth
Wizkid’s net worth is reportedly around $20 million (over ₦7,2 billion). It’s not hard to believe given his flashy lifestyle! Between his luxury cars, multi-million-dollar homes and designer clothes, he is clearly rolling in the dough.
THIS DEVELOPMENT HAS MADE HIM EMERGE MOST SUCCESSFUL ARTISTE NO 6 IN THE YEAR 2019 COMING FROM LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA
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