Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun known by his stage name as WizKid or Starboy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He began recording music at the age of 11 and later signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) in 2009. He rose to prominence after releasing "Holla at your Boy", the lead single from his debut studio album Superstar released in 2011. He hails From Lagos , Nigeria where he grew up in Surulere local government area. Though his father was a Muslim his mother was a Pentecostal Christian. It was possibly at this church he formed his first musical group with a couple of church friends call "Glorious Five" and then went by the name Lil Prinz up until 2006. Today he marks his birthday and he is loved worldwide by a number of fans in the millions. Below are top 30 achievements and awards he has attained over these period of 30 years of which 19 has being spent in the music industry.
1. He is the first African artiste to bag seven billboard nominations among which includes top hot 100 song, top selling song, top streaming song and top R&B song.
2. He is the first African to sell out Royal Albert Hall in London which he did in less than 72 hours .
3. He is the first African to win three billboard music awards.
4. He is the only Nigerian with most award nominations, he has won 43 out of 157 nominations which includes a Grammy award.
5. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers gave an award to WizKid for the "One Dance" single with Drake making him the first Nigerian with such award.
6. He is the First Nigerian artiste with a Guinness world record. This came as result of his collaboration with Drake in "One Dance" which earned 1 billion streams on Spotify as the most played song.
7. In 2019 he was chosen as the headliner for UBA strategic coporate markets event, this is among all other endorsements he has bagged from popular international brands like Pepsi, Tecno and telcos like MTN and GLO.
8. In addition to fame and success there is a holiday set aside in Minnesota, USA this is due to the fact that he had a sold-out concert at the Skyway Theater the last time he performed there. Imagine a holiday for you as a super star.
9. In addition to the superstar life has a built he made a deal with Nike brand to start his own clothing line .
10. He is also the third most followed Nigerian with a followers of 10.9m on Instagram.
11. He has a MTV Europe award for best African Act in 2016.
12. He bagged a BET award as well for Best international Act : Africa 2017, 2012.
13. He has a Headies award for best collaboration for the song "Ma Lo" with Tiwa savage in 2018.
12. He has a Headies award for Artiste of the year in 2016.
13. A NAACP award for outstanding duo or group for the song "Brown skin girl" in 2020
14. MTV music Africa for best collaboration in 2016
15. MTV Europe Music award for Best worldwide Music Act in 2016
16. Teen choice award for choice music : R&B /Hip-hop song in 2016.
17. Echo Award for the song of year in 2017
18. Nigeria entertainment Award for hottest single of the year.
19. Headies award for Best R&B album in 2016 ,2018.
20. MTV Africa Music award for best male .
21. MTV Africa Music award for Artist of the year in 2016
22. Nigerian entertainment Awards for Make Artist.
23. Bill board award for Top streaming Song in 2017.
24. Headies Award for viewers choice in 2018.
25. Billboard Music Award for Top R&B collaboration for the song "one dance" in 2017.
26. iHeartRadio Music Award for most thumbedup song in 2017.
27. Headies award for song of the year with "Ojuelegba" in 2016
28. BET Her award in 2020 for Beyonce's brown skin girl.
29. iHeartRadio Music Award for Hip-hop song in 2017.
30. He is the youngest African artiste to be nominated for a Grammy award.
With great joy, we wish him the best this day has to offer. Godspeed WizKid.
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