General Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun a.k.a. Wizkid Full Biography!!!

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun a.k.a. Wizkid Full Biography!!!

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Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (born July 16, 1989) better known as Wizkid, Star Boy, and the Pop Prince of Africa, is a Nigerianrecording artist, songwriter, and performer. Wizkid rose to prominence with his hit song, Don’t Dull. Banky W discovered Wizkid and signed him to his record label, “Empire Mates Entertainment”. Wizkid’s most notable songs are: Don’t Dull, Love My Baby, Azonto,Pakurumo, Tease Me/Bad Guys, and Dance For Me.

Early Life

Wizkid was born on July 16, 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria. He comes from a large family and is the last of six children. In an interview with Tim Westwood, Wizkid stated that his father has three wives. He kicked off his singing career at the early age of 11 when he recorded his first song with one of Nigeria’s celebrated music icons, OJB Jezreel. He went on to record a 7-track album, which he released in his church in Lagos, under the name of Lil’ Prinz; this was just a stint that earned him a remarkable deal of encouragement and recognition from family, his church and other artistes.

Years later in 2006, with a new stage name, and a passion for making music and God-given talent, Wizkid got back into the studio to hone his craft. He continued to develop as a Singer and Songwriter by working under some of Nigeria’s biggest Musical names such as OJB Jezreel, Naeto C, Ikechukwu and many others. Over the next few years his talent as a Singer and Songwriter became evident and it resulted in Wiz being prominently featured alongside some of the biggest Artistes in Nigeria’s Music Industry to much critical and commercial acclaim.
Collaborations

2009 would prove to be Wizkid’s break-out year, as his collaboration with M.I on “Fast Money, Fast Cars” on the Talk About It album drew major attention to his distinct voice, singing style and penchant for great songwriting. He went on to feature on Kel’s ”Turn by Turn“, the  Barcelos radio jingle and many other high profile projects. He also got signed to Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment, and featured prominently on Banky’s “The W Experience” album.

At the age of 20, this extremely talented and charming young man had already achieved so much, thanks to his drive and focus for turning his life’s experiences into incredible music. In 2010, he released his first singles, “Holla at your Boy“, “Gidi Girl” and “Ori Mi” with label mate, Skales; then there was the hit song, “Tease Me” which was just a studio freestyle that got leaked online and turned into a big hit in different parts of Nigeria and among Nigerians worldwide.

He bagged the coveted award for the Promising Artiste of the Year at the 2010 edition of the Dynamix All Youth Awards, collaborated with several artistes and performed at some A-list events; some of which include the Soundcity Music Video Awards, Lord of the Ribs Lagos, Rhythm Unplugged, the Shutdown Concert with Rick Ross, the Koko Concert, Crack Ya Ribs Lagos, Face of Selera 2010 Abuja just to mention a few.
Awards and nominations

Ghana Music Awards
YearRecipientAwardResult
2013“Wizkid”African Artist of the YearWon
BET Awards 2012
YearRecipientAwardResult
2012“Wizkid”Best International Act AfricaWon
Hip Hop World Awards (The Headies)
YearRecipientAwardResult
2012“Wizkid”Artist Of The YearWon 
Hip Hop World Revelation Of The YearWon 
Nigerian Entertainment Awards
YearRecipientAwardResult
2012“Superstar”Best Album of the YearWon
Best Pop/R&B Artist of the YearWon 
Mobo Awards
YearRecipientAwardResult
2011“Wizkid”Best African ActWon 


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40 COMMENTS

  1. i admire u so much wizzy and i pray 4 u to achieve d greatest level no other african artist has ever reached. Remain humble as u have always being and God will be wit u…U wont fall sick like ojb and the rest ooo…Amen

  2. I luv u wizkid,dan anyother musician in d world,cos u d best,youngstar,i luv u wizkid,biggest fan 4 ever

  3. wizzy baby loke loke se boluwa lon seyi. yeah it is ur boy holliekid also a youngstar and u are my role model nd you will always be. i know frm grass to grace u are goin higher o.

    • Wizkid be careful with whatever tin u do,or d decisions u make,or d friends u walk with.Peace be unto u bro luv u.

  4. dey cant stop u starboi.Keep moving high.I want 2 be like u cuz u are my best musician.big ups bro de rest na zombie……..

  5. Helo wizkid. i dont think i will be tired of listening to your song. O boy you do good o. I say i like you so much.

  6. Hey wizkid,i really luv yew nd datz y i gave maself a nikky which z preskid!yhr stil ma best of all…wishin 2 meet yew 1 day…!

  7. Hey wizkid,i really luv yew nd datz y i gave maself a nikky which z preskid!yhr stil ma best of all…wishin 2 meet yew 1 day…!YAGA

  8. I thank GOD for the life of wizkid presently nd i also pray to almighty for me to achieve my goals

  9. Wizkid, i luv nd am a big fan of urs. Forward ever backward never. Am proud of u nd i wish 2 meet u oneday.

  10. Wizkid, i luv nd am a big fan of urs. Forward ever backward never. Am proud of u nd i wish 2 meet u oneday.

  11. wizzy wizkid am 1 of your fans i love u so much, plenty man shall 4all dat day if them cross ur lane o wey yaaga!

  12. Hi,am hypekid ,u are d best actist in word i need ur help i want u asist me on my carias am na actist i want to follow u help me pls

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