A Legend is a person who have been immortalized in the hearts of the people because of his or her remarkable impacts, calling Wizkid a legend is not an exaggeration. His name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun born on 16 July 1990 professionally known as Wizkid. He is a Nigerian singer and songwriter whose journey to fame began at the age of 11.
Growing up as a young artiste Wizkid said his parents were not comfortable with his type of music, he had to work extra hard and prove them wrong that music is his life. Wizkid who met OJB Jerezel at a younger age claimed while he was in his studio he prevented him from recording for a year. During that period of time he met the likes of Naeto C who mentored him at age 15, he also met the likes of 2face Idibia while he was recording his album, Sound Sultan, M.I, OJB Jezerel, and he also co-wrote Banky W Omoge you too much.
Wizkid rose to music glory with the release of a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed. Wizkid 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 (2011). "Tease Me/Bad Guys", "Don't Dull", "Love My Baby", "Pakurumo" and "Oluwa Lo Ni" were also released as singles from the Superstar album.
In February 2014, Wizkid became the first Nigerian musician to have over one million followers on Twitter. Ayo, his self-titled second studio album, was released in September 2014. It was supported by six singles: "Jaiye Jaiye", "On Top Your Matter", "One Question", "Joy", "Bombay" and "Show You the Money". Wizkid left E.M.E after his contract expired.
Since then wizkid have been moving from glory to glory. In 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, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
He signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records in March 2017. His third studio album Sounds from the Other Side was released on 14 July 2017. It serves as his major label debut and was primarily a Caribbean-influenced record. SFTOS was supported by five singles: "Daddy Yo", "Sweet Love", "Come Closer", "African Bad Gyal" and "Naughty Ride". Wizkid became the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the 2018 Guinness World Records for his contribution to "One Dance".
Wizkid closer ally Davido have been like competitor to him but despite everything Wizkid uniqueness is incomparable. Many have been wondering why the two haven’t released a collaboration! Wizkid is 30 years old although he still look under 20.
Wizkid is still single yet many women have claimed that he is the father of their children, which he has denied, but some claims have been found to be true.
In 2011, ‘Nigerian Entertainment Today,’ (NET) after a thorough investigation, reported in its 22nd August edition, that he fathered his first child at the age of 21 and the name of the mother was Sola Ogudugu who was a college undergraduate student at the time. He kept refuting the report for two years before accepting it in October 2013.
In October 2013, he uploaded the picture of his two-year-old son, Boluwatife Balogun, on his Instagram account. He also has two other sons, Ayodeji Balogun and Zion Balogun, from two different women and has expressed his desire to father a daughter after having three sons. All of the mothers of his children were underage ‘baby mothers’ when they became pregnant with his children.
Wizkid is a model to many Nigerian young artists, most of them have dropout of school just like Wizkid. They have forgotten that in life, the route to greatness is never the same. Wizkid discovered his talent on time and was blessed with it. Discovering one’s talent is the easiest route to greatness because your talent is uniquely designed to suite your purpose of existence. Youths of nowadays should stop jumping from one thing to another. They should also see that consistency is the rule of the game, many musical artists that started before Wizkid have quit the industry because of inconsistency. Wizkid have remained focused despite challenges and he is still on the move.
I wish you a wonderful birthday celebration Starboy. You are indeed a legend at 30.
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