In case you were wondering, Wizkid‘s real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun and he was born July 16, 1990.
Before The Weeknd arrived with his declarative single and album, Nigerians the world over have acknowledged Wizkid as “Starboy”.
Aside from claiming the title Starboy Wizzy, Wizkid also owns a record label named Starboy Entertainment. The label boasts acts also from Nigeria like L.A.X. Together, Wizkid and L.A.X have released smash hits, Caro and Ginger.
While his collaboration on Drake’s 2016 album, Views, may have earned him a Grammy nomination, Wizkid is not new to international collaborations. In the past he has collaborated with Wale, Jeremih and the likes.
Before the money and fame, Wizkid looked like most of us. He also struggled like most of us. And he tried to hide it, but the internet found out.
This is the wizkid that wizkid doesn’t want you to see pic.twitter.com/yO3BPPA1pW
— Eshin Monaco (@5nBOI) October 18, 2016
Father to five-year-old Boluwatife, and a yet-to-be-confirmed-name baby number two to US-Guinea model Diamond Diallo, Wizkid is a proud dad. Maybe one day he will release a track about them?
“Ojuelegba”, the song that shot Wizkid firmly into international exposure, rings true – literally. The music artist comes from Ojuelegba in Lagos. Ojuelegba used to be famous for touts and is located in the Surulere axis of Lagos which is fast growing into a metropolis for the young and working class.
A younger Wizkid engages in the pleasures of young love, just after he was signed to his first record label. Enjoy the video below:
Wizkid not unlike many of today’s popular musicians did not graduate college. Score one for the school of life.
While many don’t know this, Nigerians included, Wizkid started as a ragga artist. Ragga is often mixed up with reggae and more commonly referred to as dancehall. Enjoy his latest release, “Daddy Yo” with Ghanian singer and bombshell, Efya.
Now go, take forth your newfound knowledge and impress people with your Wizzy clout.