Popular Nigerian singer and composer Wizkid is well-known. He performs dancehall, Afropop, and Afrobeat music. Additionally, he is the owner of Starboy Entertainment, a record company.
By his supporters and music aficionados, Wizkid is frequently referred to as “Big Wiz,” “Starboy,” or “Machala.” He is today one of the most well-known artists in Africa and has received numerous honors and accolades.
Wikid’s early life and education
The full name of Wizkid is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. His birthday is July 16, 1990. His age as of April 2022 is 31. Big Wiz was born in Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria, into a middle-class family. His parents, his three sisters, and he all grew up there. Wizkid is his mother’s lone child.
The musician claims that he was raised in a polygamous household. His Muslim father Alhaji Muniru Olatunji Balogun had three wives. Dolapo Jane Balogun, his mother, is a Christian who attends a Pentecostal church.
In Lagos, Wizkid completed his elementary education. After that, he continued his secondary education at Ijebu Ode Grammar School (JOGS) in Ogun state.
As of April 2022, Wizkid doesn’t hold a university degree. In 2009, the Afropop artist left Lagos State University (LASU). He then applied to Lead City University to get a degree in international studies. However, after his second year, he was unable to complete his education there. He claims he dropped out of school to concentrate on his music career.
How Wizkid started his music career
It would be impossible to discuss Wizkid’s life story without addressing his musical endeavors. The performer has always had a passion for music. He grew up listening to artists like Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Bob Marley. He was also a vocalist in the choir of his church. When he was 11 years old, he started a little musical ensemble called the “Glorious Five” with his choir buddies.
Five exceptional young music aficionados made up the group. And working together on an album at a young age was relatively simple for them.
Wizkid: Going professional
As soon as Wizkid signed with Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E. ), his professional music career got underway. However, following the release of his smash song “Holla At Your Boy,” Wizkid experienced actual success for the first time in 2010. The song was included on his “Superstar” debut album, which was released a year later in 2011. Other popular tracks on the CD include “Don’t Dull” and “Tease Me.”
After waiting five years, Wizkid released “Ayo,” his follow-up album. The publication date was September 2014. Six songs make up the CD, including “Ojuelegba,” a smash tune that has won awards.
Wizkid quit the record company EME after the album “Ayo” was released and became successful. Despite reports that he left because his contract was up, there were unconfirmed internal rumors that he had problems with Banky W.
He released his third album, “Sounds from the Other Side (SFTOS)” on July 14, 2017. His own record company Starboy Entertainment and RCA Records both published the album. It contains songs that were produced between 2014 and 2017. He worked on the album with well-known worldwide artists like Trey Songz, Chris Brown, and Drake.
Wizkid’s International Awards
After the release of “One Dance” with Drake in 2016, Wizkid received his first major international acclaim. The song actually peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. Wizkid’s name was added to the Guinness World Records because to the song.
One performer that has demonstrated consistency is Wizkid. The singer continued to show talent after ten years. He was featured on Beyonce’s song “Brown Skin Girl” in 2019. In Starboy’s musical career, this track was a significant one. He won his first Grammy for “Best Music Video” as a result of it.
Big Wiz released his fourth album, “Made In Lagos” (MIL), in October 2020 after teasering his fans for a few years. The disc continues to be Wizkid’s best-selling album to date. On the Billboard World Album Chart, it reached the top place.
The hottest single from the “Made In Lagos” album is “Essence,” which features Tems. Due to its widespread popularity, the song is regarded as Wizkid’s biggest success. The song is the first from Africa to be certified multiple platinum in the US. Additionally, “Essence” is the first song from Nigeria to chart in the top 10 of the Billboard HOT 100.
All Wizkid’s girlfriends and relationships
Wizkid is clearly winning the hearts of women while he is not busy recording music. DNB Stories Africa was compelled to list every connection he had in detail. The lengthy list includes singers Tiwa Savage and Victoria Kimani in addition to actress Alakija.
1. Wizkid’s relationship with Sophia Alakija
Sophia Rammal Alakija, a Nollywood actress, is frequently referred to as “Wizkid’s first love.” Early on in his musical career, Starboy was frequently spotted with her. The girl featured in his hit song, “Holla At Your Boy,” is Sophia. She unfortunately disappeared from the picture when Wizkid rose to fame in the music industry. According to reports, the former lovers parted ways.
2. Wizkid’s relationship with Shola Ogudu
First time mother for Wizkid is Shola Ogudu. She fell pregnant with Starboy’s first child while they were dating in 2010. Wizkid reportedly originally denied being at fault for her pregnancy. So he insisted on having a DNA test done. Later, he took the child in. At the age of 19, Sola gave birth to a son in 2011. Boluwatife Balogun, her child, is Wizkid’s first child.
3. Wizkid’s relationship with Victoria Kimani
Wizkid and Kenyan artist Victoria Kimani reportedly had a brief relationship in 2014. The former lovers were repeatedly seen kissing in a moving vehicle. On October 19, 2014, the couple made a public display of devotion at Nairobi, Kenya’s Skylux Lounge to formally announce their relationship.
4. Wizkid’s relationship with Tania Omotayo
The relationship between Wizkid and Tania Omotayo was confirmed during an interview with Gbemi Olateru on Beat 99.9 FM. Despite Wizkid’s baby mama issues and adultery rumors, the couple dated for five years. Many people at the time thought Tania and Big Wiz made the ideal team.
According to information acquired by DNB Stories Africa, Tania split up with Wizkid in 2016 when the internet became aware of his second baby mother. She is currently wed to businessman Sumbo Winfunke, with whom she shares a lovely daughter.
5. Wizkid’s relationship with Tiwa Savage
Wizkid and Tiwa Savage’s relationship fuelled dating rumors in 2018. This came after Tiwa Savage appeared in Wizkid’s music video for “Fever” as a video vixen. The two had often been spotted together at gatherings and acting like a couple before that.
For being in a relationship with Wizkid, who is approximately 10 years her junior, Tiwa Savage received harsh criticism. She denied dating Big Wiz, though. He is a “really close buddy” who is always there for her, according to her.
Currently, Wizkid is the father of three boys, born to three separate women. Boluwatife Balogun, his first child, was born on May 13, 2011. By April 2022, he will be 10 years old. Mother of Boluwatife is Sola Ogudu.
Wizkid and Binta Diamond had their second child on January 15, 2016. His name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun Junior, and as of April 2022, he will be 6 years old.
On October 28, 2017, Zion Ayo-Balogun, his final child, was born. He will turn 4 in April 2022. Zion’s mother, Jada Pollock, is the manager of Wizkid.