THROW BACK FRIDAY: STAR BOY (Wizkid)


Wizkid goes by the real name "Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun". He his a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He started recording music at age 11 and managed to release a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed. Just as usual on our throw back Friday, we have brought to you amazing facts about him which you would love to know.

1. As earlier stated, his real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun.

2. He was born on July 16, 1990 in Lagos into a family of 6. He hails from Lagos State, Nigeria.

3. He is the last and only son in the family.

4. His favourite Color is Black.

5. Wizkid has the record for the highest number of Celebrities featured (Cameo Appearance) on a Music Video in Africa – ‘Tease Me’ & ‘Pakurumo’

6. Wizkid got his first car in 2011 Black Honda Accord i-VTEC.

7. Before the name 'Wizkid' , he was called ‘Lil Prinz’. He changed to Wizkid in 2006

8. He formed a group back then at 11, Glorious Five and they released a 7 tracker album in Church.

9. He made 10,000 from the total sale of his first album (with Glorious 5).

10. His first break-out in the Industry was his feature on MI’s Fast Money, Fast Cars in 2009 which he helped the Chairman with Chorus.

11. Wizkid got signed to Banky w's Empire Mates Entertainment in 2009.

12. Wizkid ‘Ayo Ibrahim Balogun’ was a student of Ijebu Ode Grammar School.

13. In mid-2009, Wizkid dropped out Lagos State University (LASU) and focused on his music. He later gained admission to Lead City University in Ibadan, to study International Relations. But after two sessions, he dropped out again.

14. Wizkid’s first International Collaboration was with Akon on Don’t Dull (Remix).

15. Wizkid is the youngest Nigerian artiste to put out an internationally recognized album.

16. In April 2012, E.M.E signed a joint deal on Wizkid with Akon’s Konvict.

17. In an honest interview with Tim Westwood in 2012, Wizkid said that his dad has three wives at the same time.

18. Wizkid’s Tease me was spurred out of his provocative conversation with his Dad who has 3 wives

19. Wizkid has more collaboration than any other Nigerian artiste (both Local & International).

20. Wizkid got the 5th place on Forbes and also popular Channel O's 2013 list of the African Top 10 Richest/Bankable Artists.

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