We present to you up-to-date and precise information on the Nigerian singer-songwriter, Wizkid. We would be looking at Wizkid net worth, biography, career, and education.
Wizkid is popularly known as one of the music icons in Nigeria. His music is played all over the world, and his concert at the O2 arena is always a sold-out concert. His start was not entirely rosy, Wizkid lived in slums and ghettos during his early stages of life.
Starting a musical career in Nigeria was not easy, but Wizkid survived the hurdles. He served and paid respect to legendary music icons like Banky W and 2face.
Here, we will highlight facts about Wizkid that you probably didn’t know, including biography, cars, and Wizkid net worth.
- Full Name: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun
- Age: 30 years old
- Nationality: Nigerian
- State of Origin: Ogun State
- State of residence: Lagos, Nigeria
- Marital status: Single
- Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Artist, Performer, and Recording artist.
- Net Worth: $30 million (N11.69 billion)
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, who is famously known as Wizkid, is a Nigerian international singer-songwriter, born July 16, 1990, in a polygamous family of three wives. His mother’s name is Jane Dolapo, and the other two siblings who were born to his mother are Yetunde Balogun and Lade Balogun.
Wizkid grew up in Lagos, Surulere, with twelve siblings. His mother, Jane Dolapo, is a Pentecostal Christian while his father is a Muslim. The international act attended Ijebu Ode Elementary School, and music has always been his fantasy.
His favorite musicians who greatly influenced his musical style are King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti, and Bob Marley. Wizkid began singing at the tender age of 11 in the church music group called Glorious Five and had the stage name “Lil Prinz”.
Wizkid’s religion remains uncertain, but from his earlier years, he practiced Christianity. However, his father, who is a Muslim, gave Wizkid a name – Ibrahim.
Wizkid, in an interview with Tim Westwood in 2012, did not say much about his religion. It, therefore, remains uncertain which religion Wizkid is practicing.
Education is not a top priority for this international artist. Wizkid dropped out of school twice in 2009. Starboy dropped out of Lagos State University (LASU) and Lead City University.
Before Wizkid became one of Nigeria’s best artists, it was not an easy road. Growing up in Sululere, Wizkid met OJB Jezreel, aka Babatunde Okungbowa, record producer of the best albums of R&B hip-hop music on the entertainment scene in Africa.
While Wizkid visited the OJB studio, he watched the legendary Nigerian musician 2face Idibi record songs for the album “Grace 2 Grace”. Wizkid’s musical career cannot be written without mentioning artists like Banky W, Naeto C, 2 Face Idibia, and Sound Sultan.
Wizkid was live during the video shoot of Sound Sultan’s “Jagabantis”. According to Wizkid, it was Naeto C who tutored and trained him at the age of 15.
In 2009, Wizkid signed a contract with Empire Mates Entertainment, where he co-wrote “Omoge You Too Much”, a song that Banky W included in his album “The W Experience”. While working on his album “Superstar,” Wizkid collaborated with top-rated producers such as E-Kelly, Jay Sleek, Shizzi, DJ Klem, Masterkraft, Q-Beats, and Samklef.
Wizkid gradually got attention when M.I featured him on a song titled “Fast Money.” The song “Fast Money” drew media attention, which won several nominations and awards in 2009. Wizkid released “Holla at Your Boy” in 2010, a song that won him the Next Rated Award and the Best Pop Single in the 2011 Headies Award. Wizkid has reached a landmark in the Nigerian music industry that no Nigerian artist has achieved.
His international nominations include the MTV Europe Music Award (five times), the American Music Award (three times), World Music Award (four times), Grammy Awards (once). Since 2010, Wizkid has been nominated 118 times in various awards and has bagged numerous of them.
In 2013, Wizkid created his record label, “Starboy Entertainment.” Wizkid signed Maleek Berry, whose real name is Maleek as a producer at “Starboy Entertainment”.
The list of Starboy’s current and past, signed artists, includes Legendury Beatz (Uzezi & Okiemute Oniko), L.A.X, R2bees, Mr. Eazi, Efya, and Terri. The label was later renamed “Starboy Worldwide” after Wizkid signed Ghanian Efya in 2016.
2015-2017 is probably Wizkid’s favorite moment in his career. It was this period that he collaborated with international artists such as Drake, Chris Brown, Skepta, and Angélique Kidjo.
Although Wizkid organized several shows and functions outside Nigeria, he went fully international when he signed a contract with RCA Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music.
His latest music, “Joro,” is listed on many streaming platforms. Joro has over 8 million streams on YouTube.
Since Starboy became Starboy, he has had personal relationships with several women. The famous girls Wizkid has been in a relationship include Sophie Rammal, Sola Ogudugu -Wizkid first baby mama, Tonto Dikeh, Binta Diamond Diallo – Wizkid second baby mama, Tania Omotayo, Chidinma Ekile, Hudda Monroe, Seyi Shay, and Justin Skye.
Well, this is a list of his past girlfriends. It is no more rumor that the current woman to be added to his girlfriend list is Wizkid’s manager, Jada Pollock, mother to his third child, Zion.
Wizkid Net worth
Wizkid net worth is approximately $30 million, which is equivalent to a total of 11.69 billion Naira. It cost quite fortune to call Wizkid for a show; Wizkid charges N15 million per show. It is one of his sources of income.
Asides from his record label, Wizkid also earns from endorsement deals. Wizkid has a contract with Pepsi valued at $350,000. In 2013, when he created his record label, he signed 110 million naira contract with MTN.
Two years later, Wizkid became one of the brand representatives of the Globacom brand for the sum of 180 million naira. Wizkid currently just bagged UBA Ambassadorial deal this year, which is worth $3 million.
Starboy is rich and rich men are known to be lovers of cars. Wizkid’s cars include,
- Black Honda Accord I-VTEC,
- Porsche Cayenne,
- Mercedes 2012 compressor,
- BMW X6,
- Hyundai Sonata,
- Bentley and
- Porsche Panamera.
In total, the Starboy has eight cars, each of them expensive and shooting up Wizkid net worth