Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (born 16 July 1990),
better known by his stage name Wizkid
(sometimes stylised as WizKid), is 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. In 2009,
he signed a record deal with Banky W.’s
record label Empire Mates Entertainment
(E.M.E). He rose to prominence in 2010 with
the release of the song “Holla at Your Boy”
from his debut studio album, Superstar
“Tease Me/Bad Guys”, “Don’t Dull”, “Love My
Baby”, “Pakurumo” and “Oluwa Lo Ni” were
also released as singles from the Superstar
album. Wizkid’s self-titled second studio
album, Ayo, was released in September 2014
and was preceded by six singles: “Jaiye
Jaiye”, “On Top Your Matter”, “One Question”,
“Joy”, “Bombay” and “Show You the Money”.
In 2016, Wizkid achieved international
recognition following his collaboration with
Drake on the global hit, “One Dance”, which
reached number one in 15 countries, including
the United States, United Kingdom, Canada
and Australia. In addition to his solo work,
Wizkid has collaborated with several other
artists and was featured on the hits
“Girl” (with Bracket), “Fine Lady” (with Lynxxx), “Sexy Mama” (with Iyanya), “Slow Down” (with R2Bees), “The Matter” (with Maleek Berry), “Pull Over” (with KCee) and “Bad Girl” (with Jesse Jagz).
Following the release of his second studio
album and expiration of his 5-year recording
contract, Wizkid left E.M.E. On 1 March 2017,
Billboard magazine reported that Wizkid
signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records.
The deal was first reported by several media
outlets in September 2016. The chairman and
CEO of RCA Records, Peter Edge, somewhat
confirmed the signing while speaking to Music
Business Worldwide in January 2017.
He was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O’s
2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable
African Artists. In February 2014, Wizkid
became the first ever Nigerian musician to
have over 1 million followers on Twitter.