Ayodeji Balogun(professionally known as Wizkid) was born on July 16,1990 in Surulere,Lagos.He hails from Nigeria and is a professional singer and song writer.He began his music career at the early age of 11 when he released an album with the Glorious Five,a group formed by Wizkid and few of his friends from church.The singer rose to stardom in 2011 when he released ‘Holla At Your Boy’ under his first signed record label Empire Mates Entertainment,since then the talented musician has won multiple awards and has numerous collaborations with different international acts.
In celebration of today,We’ve composed 30 quick facts you should know about Wizkid.
1.Born on July 16 1990,Wizkid hails from Surulere,Lagos State,Nigeria and is from a family of six.He is the only son and the last child.
2.His father is a Muslim while his mother a Christian.
3.He has a total of 12 female sisters and is the only male.
4.His first album sold 10,000 copies.
5.At the age of 15,he was already a song writer and was receiving guidance from Necto-C.
6.He was a member of his church’s choir and was known as ‘Lil Prinz’.
7.In 2006,he changed his stage name from ‘Lil Prinz’ to ‘Wizkid’.
8.His first hit single was ‘Holla At Your Boy’ and it was released in 2011.
9.In 2011,he welcomed his first son,Oluwanishola Ogudugu.He currently has 3 kids.
10.In 2011,he brought his first car-a black Honda Accord i-VTEC
11.In that same year,he dropped out from Lead City University.He was in his third year studying ‘International Relations’.
12.He first solo album was released in 2011 under EME records titled ‘Superstar’.
13.The singer’s favorite color is black.
14.He owns his own record label,Starboy Records.
15.His first international collaboration was with Akon on ‘Don’t Dull’ (remix).
16.When the singer clocked 23,he popped a N300million champagne.
17.In 2013,his hit track ‘Azonto’ with the third in top 10 non-American songs of that year.
18.In 2017,he had his first Grammy notification in his contribution to Drake’s 2016 album,’Views’.
19.He is the youngest African artiste to get a Grammy nomination.
20.Wizkid is the first African pop star to sell out the Royal Albert Hall in London.
21.He is the first and only Nigerian artiste to win three Billboard awards.
22.He is the first Afro-pop artiste to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records.
23.He is the first Nigerian artiste to win an award from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers(ASCAP).
24.He is the first Nigerian artiste to hit 1M views within 24hours on Youtube with his hit single ‘Come Closer’ featuring Drake.
25.In 2018,he broke his own record with the music video for ‘Fever’.The video featured Tiwa Savage as the main video vixen.
26.In that same year,US Governor declared October 6th as Wizkid’s day to honor him for his achievements in music and for his role as a cultural influencer.
27.He has the biggest/strongest fan base in Nigeria.
28.The singer is 5 ft 4.
29.His father married three wives.
30.The singer is a brand ambassador for Pepsi,UBA,Tecno etc.
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