Wizkid : Biography & Net Worth 2023
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, who is now known as Wizkid, is a renowned Nigerian Afrobeat, hip hop, and R&B singer, songwriter, and music producer. He rose to prominence in 2011 after releasing his hit song, “Holla at Your Boy.”
Wizkid got signed to Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) record label in 2009. Speaking of labels, “Holla at Your Boy” is the lead single off of his debut studio album “Superstar.” Not forgetting to mention, the album also had other hit songs like “Don’t Dull,” and “Tease Me/Bad Guys.”
Now, I will take a thorough look at Wizkid’s biography, career, age, girlfriends, wife, sons, children, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, birthday, tattoos, and other minor things you have been meaning to know about him. Without further talks, let’s get into it!
Legally born and named Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun on the 16th day of July 1990 to the family of Mr. Ibrahim Balogun and Mrs. Jane Dolapo Balogun, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun is who we now know as Wizkid or Big Wiz. Ibrahim was born and also grew up in Ojuelegba, Surulere, Lagos State, Nigeria.
Although he was born and raised in the Ojuelegba district of Surulere, Lagos, Big Wiz is originally a native of Osun State. So, he holds Nigerian citizenship by default. And speaking of nativity, his parents are Nigerians from the South-Western part of the country, mostly occupied by people of the Yoruba ethnic background.
According to the information our team was able to gather on the internet, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun grew up in a polygamous family. His father, Ibrahim Balogun, married three wives and practiced the Islamic religion while his mother, Jane Dolapo Balogun, practiced the Christian religion.
In total, he was along with his twelve siblings who ate all females. As a young kid, he attended church with his mother more instead of Mosque with his father. This, notwithstanding, does not mean that Wizkid never attended mosque during his formative years with his father.
Wizkid Educational Background
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun had his primary and secondary school education in one of the top private schools in Lagos. There, he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Examination Certificate.
After his basic education (primary and secondary education), he gained admission to the renowned Lagos State University to study a four-year course. However, he dropped out in 2009 and applied to Lead City University in Ibadan. Similarly, he dropped out of the University after completing two academic sessions to channel all his time and energy into music.
At the young age of eleven, Wizkid co-founded a music group named “Glorious Five” with his friends and day ones. Then, the music group released an album under one name and would later go their separate businesses to pursue their respective careers individually.
According to information at our disposal, Wizkid grew up listening to great artists and music icons like Bob Marley, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Lucky Dube, and a whole bunch of others. Listening to these music icons sort of motivated him into taking an interest in the business.
Then, Big Wiz was known by the stage name “Lil Prinz.” From co-founding a music group with his friends, Wizkid started visiting the recording studio of the famous Nigerian music producer, OJB Jezreel.
Then, OJB Jezreel was more like a big brother and mentor to him and so advised him to first discover his strengths and sound before going public. Moreover, OJB Jezreel allowed him to watch musicians like Sound Sultan and 2baba record their songs in the studio.
Wizkid would later start building contacts with older artists in the industry. At the age of fifteen, Big Wiz crossed paths with a famous rapper, Naeto C. Later, Banky W, a Nigerian singer, talent manager, and music executive discovered him.
Slowly, his career in the music industry started after the music executive and singer, Banky W signed him under his record label, “Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E).” Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun released his debut album under the Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) record label titled, “Superstar” on the 2nd of January 2010.
In 2011, Wizkid rose to prominence after a single(Holla at Your Boy) of the album made waves. Notably, the hit single off the album also won the Next Rated Artist award at The Headies in 2011 and helped bring him more to the limelight.
Since his rise to fame, Big Wiz has been releasing jams back to back. And hit back to back? Yessir! His latest album “Made In Lagos” album, released in 2020, became an instant hit with “Essence” being one of the hit songs of the album.
In 2022, Wizkid announced that he would be releasing a new album — More Love Less Ego. At the time, the release date of the album is yet to be published, but the album will be just as good. He is the founder and CEO of the record label, Starboy Entertainment, RCA.
Wizkid Songs, Albums
Arranged in no particular order, these are the selected albums and discography of Wizkid:
Made In Lagos (2020)
Made In Lagos
EPs and Compilations
Made In Lagos Deluxe
Sounds from the Other Side (2017)
Soundman Vol. 1 (2019)
Sounds From The Other Side
Empire Mates State of Mind (with EME) (2012)
Soundman Vol. 1
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun is rumored to have been in relationships with Tonto Dikeh, Seyi Shay, Tiwa Savage, Oluwanisola Ogudugu, and Binta Diallo. As of 2022, he is in a relationship with Jada Pollock, who we figured is also his manager. Otherwise, he was rumored to have been in a relationship with Tems.
What’s more, Big Wiz has three children from his relationships with his ex-partners. Boluwatife Balogun, Zion Ayo-Balogun, and Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun Jr. are the names of his children.
Wizkid Parents, Siblings
According to the information available on the internet, Ibrahim Balogun is the name of Wizkid’s father whereas Jane Dolapo Balogun is the name of his mother. Also, he has twelve siblings from his father’s marriages to his three wives.
Speaking of siblings, Yetunde Balogun, and Lade Balogun are the names of Wizkid‘s biological siblings.
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Created his Instagram account in March 2012, Wizkid is on the social media app under the username @wizkidayo with over 15.2 million followers. He is following 828 accounts and has barely four posts on the account — more than likely, he archived his older posts for personal reasons.
On Twitter, he is following about 1427 accounts and has over 10.7 million followers. He created the account in April 2009 and is there under the username @wizkidayo.
Side by side, he is on Facebook under the username @wizkidmusic with over 7.2 million followers. Creating the account on the 26th of September 2009, Big Wiz is following nine accounts there.
Where Does Wizkid Live? Reside
Wizkid spends his time between Ghana and Nigeria. That is to say, he has a home in Ghana and Nigeria.
Wizkid is also known by his nicknames such as Lil Prinz, Wizzy, Starboy, Machala, Daddy Yo, Baba Nla, Big Wiz, and Eleniyan. Some of his nicknames are nicknames people crooned from his songs or the title of his songs.
How Old is Wizkid? Birthday, Age
Brought into this world on the 16th day of July 1990, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun was 32 years old in 2022. He is originally a native of Osun State; one of the states in the South-Western part of Nigeria. On a side note, his zodiac note is Cancer and his height is 1.6 meters.
Then also, he is ethnically a Yoruba man, regionally a Southerner, and holds Nigerian citizenship by birth. Big Wiz practices the Islamic or the Christian religion since his father and mother practice those.
Wizkid Net Worth 2022
At the time this article was last updated and published on our website, Talk Talk Today, Big Wiz has an estimated net worth of about 30,000,000 million dollars.
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