Wizkid, whose real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, is a renowned Nigerian artist and one of the most successful musicians in Africa. Born on July 16, 1990, in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria, Wizkid has made a significant impact on the music industry with his unique style and infectious music.
Wizkid’s journey to stardom began at a young age when he formed a music group called Glorious Five with his friends. However, his big break came in 2009 when he got signed to Banky W’s record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (EME). Under EME, Wizkid released his debut album titled “Superstar” in 2011, which became an instant hit and launched him into the limelight.
Since then, Wizkid’s career has been on a meteoric rise. He has released several successful albums, including “Ayo” in 2014 and “Sounds from the Other Side” in 2017. Wizkid is widely recognized for his ability to blend various genres such as Afrobeats, reggae, hip-hop, and R&B, creating a distinct sound that resonates with a global audience.
His contributions to the music industry have not gone unnoticed. He has received numerous accolades and nominations, including several BET Awards, MTV Africa Music Awards, and MOBO Awards. In 2021, Wizkid won the Grammy for Best Music Video for his collaboration with Beyoncé on the song “Brown Skin Girl” from the album “The Lion King: The Gift.”
Wizkid is a father to three lovely boys. He has been private about his personal life, but he has publicly acknowledged his children. He had his first son, Boluwatife, in 2011 with Oluwanishola Ogudu. In 2016, he welcomed his second child, Ayodeji Jr., with his then-girlfriend, Binta Diallo. Wizkid’s third son, Zion, was born in 2017 with his manager, Jada Pollock.
Regarding his relationships, Wizkid has had a few notable romantic involvements. He has been linked with various women in the past, including Tania Omotayo and Justin Skye. However, he has always maintained a level of privacy when it comes to his personal life.
Wizkid’s impact on the Nigerian and African music scenes cannot be overstated. His music has transcended borders, earning him a global fan base and collaborations with renowned international artists. Wizkid continues to soar to new heights, showcasing his talent and solidifying his position as one of Africa’s biggest music stars.