Entertainment Focus: Wizkid

Nigerian recording artist, songwriter and performer Wizkid whose real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun was born 16 July 1990. Started his musical career at age 11, releasing a collaborative album with Glorious Five entitled Lil Prinz (2001).

In 2009, he was signed to Empire Mates Entertainment with the CEO being Banky W. He rose to stardom in 2010 with the release of the song “Holla at Your Boy” from his debut studio album, Superstar which was released in 2011. “Tease Me/Bad Guys”, “Don’t Dull”, Gidi Girl, “Love My Baby”, “Pakurumo” and “Oluwa Lo Ni” were also released as singles from the Superstar album. In 2014 Wizkid’s self-titled second studio album, Ayo, was preceded by the singles “Jaiye Jaiye”, “On Top Your Matter”, “One Question”, “Joy”, “Bombay” and “Show You the Money”.

In addition to his solo work, Wizkid has collaborated with several artists and was featured on the hits “Girl” (with Bracket), “Fine Lady” (with Lynxxx), “Sexy Mama” (with Iyanya), “Slow Down” (with R2Bees), “The Matter” (with Maleek Berry), “Pull Over” (with KCee) and “Bad Girl” (with Jesse Jagz). In 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Canadian hip-hop artist Drake on his global hit, “One Dance”, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

He was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists. In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.

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