There are so many top artists in Nigeria, this article will cover the life, history and Wizkid educational background, everything you need to know about the young superstar.
- Full Name: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun
- Date of Birth: July 16th, 1990
- Occupation: Artiste, Songwriter
- State Of Origin: Ogun State
- Country Of Origin: Nigeria
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun known as Wizkid is a Nigeria singer and Songwriter. Wizkid who started music at a young age came from a decent and God fearing home. His mother is a Pentecostal while his father Mr. Ayodeji practices Islam. Born 16th July 1990 at Surulere, Lagos State Nigeria, where he grew up with twelve female siblings. His father who got married to three wives as his religion permits him.
Wizkid Educational Background And History
Started music at the age of eleven (11) in the church choir, at then they call him Lil Prinz until the year 2006. He formed a church group with a couple of his friends they call themselves The Glorious Five and they collaborated and released an album together. At his young age, he listened to songs that were recorded by the likes of Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Bob Marley and a whole lots of others, Wizkid claimed they gave him inspiration at a younger age to write his music.
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.
- Career and Wizkid Educational Background
The year 2009 was a year of turn around for the young superstar, he was signed to Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) record label during this period he was a student of the Lagos State University, middle of the year, Wizkid dropped out of the University to focus on his music. He said he had so many big dreams in which he wants to achieve, so he needs to focus on his music because he was not also doing well at school. A few years later Wizikd enrolled in the Lead City University, but after two sessions he had to drop out again because he had to focus more on his craft.
In 2010 he broke into the limelight, on the 2nd of January he released his first official single titled Holla At Your Boy, a few months later he released the music video which gained him lots of awards. He received awards like The Next rated award, the most gifted Newcomer video at the Channel O Music Video Awards and so many others.
Wizkid gained so much fame and in no time he released his album 2nd official single which was initially a freestyle titled Tease Me Baby/Bad Guys which was followed by Don’t Dull which was released December 2010. The year 2011 Wizkid dropped his first official studio album which came with full force into the music industry was accepted by all. The album which combines with sounds of RnB, reggae and Dancehall music and includes a wide range of collaboration from different artists and producers like Masterkraft, E-Kelly, Jay Sleek, guests appearances like Wande Coal, Banky W, Skales and others.
The album launch came up with lots of setbacks which was supposed to be 14th February 2011 but later rescheduled to June 2011, with the performance from Banky W, Olamide, Skales, 2face, Samklef, Ice Prince and a host of other artists.
Wizkid Superstar album gained lots of positive reviews, as it was given two nominations and won one award. The album won the best album of the year and then also nominated for the album of the year at the 2012 headies award.
RISE TO FAME
From the year 2012 to 2014 Wizkid worked on his second studio album which he titled AYO and featured top artists in the music industry both Nigeria and International like Tyga, Akon, Sheyi Shay, Phyno, Wale with producers like Maleek Berry, Uhuru, SARZ, Legendary Beats, Spells, and many others. Before plans of releasing his second studio album, he had initially planned on dropping a Mixtape which would feature top acts like Wale and Tinie Tempah. During the year 2013, Wizkid released the first official single for AYO album in which he collaborated with Fela Kuti which they titled Jaiye Jayie, followed after was the video, the song depicts the cultural and heritage art of Nigeria. Jayie Jayie gained the attention of fans and audience around the world, they saw Wizkid as the future of Nigerian music. Few months after that he released On Top Your Matter, which talks about love, he was also nicknamed Lover Boy by most of his fans, the video was directed by Sesan and was shot in South Africa.
Sounds From The Other Side in 2015 took Wizkid to a whole new level and which he now re-branded to Star Boy. Wizkid was known worldwide, he released a song titled Ojuelegba which talks about the challenges and struggles he faced during his childhood career, this song caught the attention of American rapper Drake and they worked on the remix which includes Skepta.
Before releasing his new album several interviews have been done on the official date in which he said, he will be working with American singer and Songwriter Chris Brown on a song titled Africa Bad Gyal. Both artists performed the song at Durban, South Africa.
Follow up from that he released Expensive Shit and said he needed to work more on his album or rather EP that will be released later, but no official date. He made this statement after he attended the 2face album launch.
A few years later, Wizkid re-branded himself as an artist or rather a force to reckon with in the music industry. He won many notable awards that many artists before him were not able to achieve, he was the focus on the Nigeria entertainment industry. He opened his owned record label Star Boy and since then he has signed artists like Terri and few others. He is trending now in the Nigeria music industry and they call him the Face Of Africa.
That’s all about Wizkid Educational background and history.
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