Wizkid whose real name is Ayo Balogun is one of the most popular musicians in Nigeria and Africa.
Wizkid’s style of music can be described as a fusion of Afrobeat, Afropop, reggae, dancehall and hip hop all in one.
He was listed among the 10 top Bankable and richest African artists in the year 2017.
Lots of us enjoy his music with little or no facts about the musician.
1. Real Name
Wizkid’s real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, he gave himself the Wizkid at the beginning of his career. He was born on 16 July 1990 in Surulere. Wizkid used to be called Lil’ Prince when he was still a gospel singer, in ‘Glorious five’ which he formed.
Wizkid began singing at the age of 11 in local churches. He was a vocalist and also was a choir member. He was also an underground songwriter before he became a star.
When he was still an upcoming artist, Wizkid revealed that Naeto C was one of the people that coached him,he also co-wrote Banky W’s “Omoge You Too Much”, a song off The W Experience album,He also worked with Naeto C, OJB Jezreel, Ikechukwu, and M.I while developing and learning the art of song making.
Just like most celebrities, Wizkid has a child out of wedlock from his baby mama whose name is Oluwanishola Ogudugu. He named his son Boluwatife Balogun. His son was born in October 2010.
4. Industry Beef & Controversy
The music industry craves for controversy and beef and Wizkid has given them a lot of it. In 2017 there was a heated beef between him and a fellow popular Nigerian musician ‘Davido’ that set Nigeria’s social media on fire.
He has also engaged in rifts with several artists including his boss Banky W, former labelmates Skales other artists like Dammy Krane,Saeon, Tonto Dikeh, Samklef, and popular blogger Linda Ikeji.
5. School Dropout
In 2009 Wizkid dropped out of Lagos State University (LASU) to focus on his music career.
He later decided to juggle his studies and music career and enrolled into Lead City University, but he later dropped out after completing two sessions.