Here are 40 Facts you probably might not know about Star-Boy — Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun
1) His Real Names are Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun.
2) He was born on July 16, 1990 in Lagos into a family of 6. He’s from Lagos State, Nigeria.
3) He is the last and only son in the family.
4) His favourite Color is Black.
5) Wizkid holds the record for the highest number of Celebrities feature (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) Wizkid started off singing at 11 under the name ‘Lil Prinz’.
8) He formed a group back then at 11, Glorious Five.
9) His Group, Glorious Five went on to release a 7-Tracker Album and released the album in the Church.
10) He made 10,000 from the total sale of his first album (with Glorious 5)
11) He changed his name from Lil Prinz to Wizkid in 2006.
12) His first break-out in the Industry was his feature on MI’s Fast Money, Fast Cars in 2009.
13) He’s Won 13 Major Awards till date
2010: Dynamix All Youths Awards – Artiste Of The Year,
Most Promising Artiste of the Year
2011: Headies – Next Rated
MOBO – Best African Act.
NEA – Best New Act.
City People Entertainment Awards – Best New Male Artist.
2012: NEA – Best R’n’B / Pop Artist.
Headies: Artist Of The Year
Hip Hop Revelation Of the Year.
BET Award: Best International Act Africa
2013: Ghana Music Awards – Artist Of The Year
Channel O – Most Gifted Video Of The Year.
14) His Break-Out single was ‘Holla At Your Boy’.
15) Wizkid was in the studio when 2face Recorded ‘Grass To Grace’ and Soundsultan recorded Jagbajantis.
16.) Wizkid has a 2-year Old son, Boluwatife Balogun.
17.) Wizkid’s Baby Mama, Oluwanishola Ogudugu just rounded off her NYSC. She studied at Houdegbe North American University, Cotonou. Her Buzz at School then sprung up her affair with Wizkid after he performed at the School which resulted in a child – Boluwatife.
They not together anymore.
18.) Wizkid dropped out of Lead City University in 2011 into his 3rd Year where he was studying ‘International Relations’.
19.) Wizkid’s first International Collaboration was with Akon on Don’t Dull (Remix).
20.) Wizkid ‘Ayo Ibrahim Balogun’ was a student of Ijebu Ode Grammar School.
21.) Wizkid is currently in a relationship with half-caste, Tania Omotayo.
22.) He has a Lekki Home stipulated to worth #140million.
23.) Wizkid’s Personal Cars includes
#14.6m Porsche Panamera S Car
#10m BMW X6
#6m Blue Volkswagen Convertible and Hyundia Sonata.
24.) Wizkid has performed alongside World Class Acts like Chris Brown, Akon, Young Jeezy, Kardinal Official.
25.) He popped #300million Champagne at his 23rd Birthday (this year).
26.) He currently has over 697k followers on Facebook making him the second highest followed Nigerian Musician after D’Banj.
27.) He currently hold the record for the Highest paid Pepsi Ambassador in Africa.
28.) He presently has Endorsement Deals with MTN.
29.) Wizkid is the youngest Nigerian artiste to put out an internationally recognized album.
30.) In April 2012, E.M.E signed a joint deal on Wizkid with Akon’s Konvict.
31.) He floats his own Record Label, Star Boy with acts: Maleek Berry, Legendury Beatz, Mutayo and more recently, L.A.X.
32.) Wizkid’s Hit Track – Azonto is 3rd Place on the non-American songs of 2013 according to FeedBuzz.com.
33.) Wizkid was booked all through December of 2012, sometimes he had to shuttle between 4-5 shows.
34.) Wizkid’s Tease Me spurred out of his provocative conversation with his Dad who has 3 wives
35.) One Of Wizkid’s biggest track in 2013, Samba was recorded & produced in 1hour by Seasoned Producer, Sarz.
36.) He is currently the Most Influential African artiste on Twitter due to his Popularity base having over 1 million followers.
37.) He had his first ever recording with OJB Jezreel at 11.
38.) Wizkid has more collaboration than any other Nigerian artiste (both Local & International).
39.) His first solo album was released in 2011 with E.M.E titled, ‘Superstar’.
It comprised 17 tracks.
40.) His next and second album is titled, ‘CHOSEN’ is due for release anytime soon.
Wizkid has gotten a total of 24 Nominations for top Major Awards, out of which he’s won 13. He just recently got 3 Nominations at World Music Awards. Wizkid is reportedly Nigeria’s Freshiest Artiste + 1 – Wizkid was featured on Channel O / Forbes List of Africa’s Most Bankable Acts, He was placed 5th in Africa. Five places above E.M.E Boss.