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Wizkid Biography & Net Worth( July 2022)

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, popularly known professionally as Wizkid, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter, born on July 16, 1990, in Surulere, Lagos.

Wizkid is one of the most popular Nigerian music artists and probably one of the youngest too.

He grew up in an interfaith household with twelve female siblings. His mother is a Pentecostal Christian and his father practices Islam. Wizkid attended Ijebu Ode Grammar School. He grew up listening to King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti and Bob Marley.

He started recording music at the age of 11 and released an album in collaboration with The Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed.

In 2009, Wizkid inked a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) of Banky W. later rose to fame after releasing “Holla at Your Boy”, the lead single of his studio album debut, Superstar (2011), which also spawned the singles “Tease Me/Bad Guys” and “Don’t Dull”.

In September 2014, he released the self-titled second studio album, Ayo. The album was supported by six singles, including the song “Jaiye Jaiye”.

Wizkid left E.M.E after his contract expired.

In 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the hit single “One Dance”, which reached number-one on the US Billboard Hot 100, and topped the charts in 14 additional countries.

The song broke multiple records, making Wizkid the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the Guinness World Records. In March 2017, he signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records; and released his third studio album Sounds from the Other Side, later that year.

The album was supported by five singles, including “Come Closer” featuring Drake.

Wizkid is best known for being featured on the single “One Dance” by Drake featuring Kyla which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and in Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the UK.

The Afro singer is one of the top entertainers in Nigeria. He was featured in the 2018 Guinness World Records for his contributions to the song.

In 2018, he was featured on the song “Checklist” by Normani and Calvin Harris, which reached number-one on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart.

The following year, he was featured on Beyoncé’s project The Lion King: The Gift on the single “Brown Skin Girl”, which also reached number-one on the World Digital Song Sales chart, and won him a Grammy Award for Best Music Video.

In October 2020, he released his fourth album, Made in Lagos, which received commercial success and acclaim, reaching number-one on the Billboard World Album Chart.

The album includes the single “Essence” featuring Tems, which became the first Nigerian song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached the top ten following a remix released by Justin Bieber.

By February 2021, Wizkid was the most-streamed Nigerian artist of all time on Spotify, with over 3.4 billion streams across all credits.

Wizkid’s fifth album More Love Less Ego is set for release in 2022.

Wizkid Net Worth

NameAyodeji Ibrahim Balogun
BornJuly 16, 1990
Wizkid Net Worth$65 Million
EducationLagos State University, Lead
City University
Source of WealthProfessional Singer,
Endorsement Deals, and
1st Hit Project“Holla at your boy” (2010)

As of 2022, Wizkid’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $65 Million dollars, making him one of the top 10 richest musicians in Nigeria

Here are some of the best highlights of Wizkid’s career:

Promising Artiste of the Year for the Dynamix All Youth Awards 2010.

Best New Male Artist for the City People Entertainment Awards 2011.

Best New Act of the Year for Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2011.

Next Rated “Holla at Your Boy” at The Headies 2011.

Artist of the Year for Dynamix All Youth Awards 2011.

Best African Act at MOBO Awards 2011.

Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year at Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2012.

Best Album of the Year “Superstar” at Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2012.

Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year at The Headies 2012.

This article will provide you with the necessary information about Wizkid, his early life, and how he has been able to pull through from a nobody to one of the most popular figures in the world.


Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, whose stage name is Wizkid, came into the limelight of music fully in 2009.

Artists like Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, 2Face Idibia, and Sound Sultan were his early inspirations and inspire him to become a musician.

From 2001 till 2006, he performed as a solo artist with the stage name “Lil Prinz”. His band “Glorious Five” managed to release one studio album before disbanding.

Wizkid began his singing career when he was 11 years old, in 2001.

He recorded his first song with OJB Jezreel and also recorded a 7-track album under the stage name Lil Prinz.

After dropping out of university in 2009, he recorded a deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (EME). Banky W saw him perform and quickly realized he was talented.

As a result, he signed Wizzy up at EME records, a move that proved to be beneficial and highly profitable for both parties.

In the same year, he started recording for his debut studio album with the stage name “Wizkid” which was titled “Superstar”.

In 2009, he successfully collaborated with renowned musician M.I.

The two artists produced the award-winning track “Fast Money” which not only received many awards and nominations but also received a lot of airplay both in Nigeria and many other countries.

In 2010, he released “Holla at Your Boy”, the lead single from his debut studio album “Superstar”, which earned him the Next Rated award at the 2011 Headies.

Its music video for the same song was nominated for Most Gifted Newcomer Video at the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards.

Tease Me/Bad Guys”, “Don’t Dull”, “Love My Baby”, “Pakurumo” and “Oluwa Lo Ni” were also released as singles from the Superstar album.

On March 5, 2013, he announced his decision to establish his own record label, “Star Boy Entertainment”.

In February 2014, Wizkid became the first-ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.

“Ayo”, his self-titled second studio album, was released in September 2014, supported by six singles: “Jaiye Jaiye”, “On Top Your Matter”, “One Question”, “Joy”, “Bombay” and “Show You the Money”.

Soon enough, Wizkid left E.M.E after his contract got expired.

The African Star boy is a recipient of so many awards both home and abroad, among his nominations include MTV Europe Music Awards (five times), American Music Awards (thrice), and World Music Awards (four times).

Wizkid’s contributions to the Nigerian music industry have earned him several achievements. He received an ASCAP plaque for his songwriting contributions to Drake’s “One Dance”.

His music career has grown ever since and has had the privilege to work with famous artists locally and internationally which will have a great deal on Wizkid net worth.

Locally, he has worked with 2Face Idibia, Naeto C, Rema, Sound Sultan, Tiwa Savage, award-winning producer OJB, and many others.

Internationally, he has collaborated and featured on the hits with Drake (One Dance), Beyonce (Brown Skin Girl), Maleek Berry (The Matter), Jesse Jagz (Bad Girl) and many others.

Business, Investments, and Assets

Apart from the endorsement deals listed above and the purchase of tracks, Wizkid makes money from album sales, musical tours, and personal investments.

Among his notable investments is his personal record label, StarBoy records. He also has a few other luxurious assets to his credit.

Wizkid owns a mansion in Lekki, one of the most expensive places to live in Nigeria. This mansion is worth over #68 million.

He also owns a house in Surulere worth #13 million. According to rumors, he also owns a mansion in Los Angeles, California.

This Californian mansion was made public by Nigeria’s most popular blogger, Linda Ikeji, which led to a melee between the two.

In addition to these assets is a fleet of some of the latest luxurious cars.

Among them are Bentley, Mercedes Benz 2012 Compressor, BMW X6, Hyundai Sonata, Porsche Panamera, Lamborghini Prime.

Undoubtedly, all these assets are worth lots of millions and will surely boost up Wizkid net worth. However, many compare his worth to Davido’s net worth.

You should check out this post about the heated debate: “Wizkid and Davido who is the richest?” You’ll get all the information you need.

In his interview with Femi Odukoya, he made it clear that he is not all about flashy cars, the ones he has are just as a tool to do his business, a lot of people living in Lagos drive more expensive cars than his.

All these adding to his net worth is a great encouragement to several youths in Nigeria, as people are interested in following his footsteps and reaching such great heights.

Nevertheless, with focus and determination comes success.

Throughout his profession to date, he has had a series of endorsement deals like Pepsi, Guinness, MTN, Hennessy, and many others.

With Wizkid net worth, he’s not on the list of the richest musicians in the world, but he has worked with some of the international artists.

Other Wizkid Awards

Artist of the Year at The Headies 2012.

Best International Act Africa for the BET Awards 2012.

Musician of the Year at the Future Awards 2012.

Musician of the Year (Male) for the City People Entertainment Awards 2013.

African Artist of the Year for Ghana Music Awards 2013.
Best Group Video of the Year “Slow Down” for 4Syte TV Music Video Awards 2013.

Most Gifted Video of the Year “Azonto” for Channel O Music Video Awards 2013.

Hottest Single of the Year “Pull Over” at 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

Most Gifted Duo/Group/Featuring “Pull Over” at 2014 Channel O Music Awards.

Best R&B/Pop Album “Ayo” at The Headies 2015.
Song of the Year “Ojuelegba” at The Headies 2015.

Hottest Single of the Year “Ojuelegba” for Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2015.

Male Artist of the Year for Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2015.

Best Video “Ojuelegba” for African Muzik Magazine Awards 2015.

Song of the Year “Ojuelegba” for African Muzik Magazine Awards 2015’

African Artiste of the Year at Ghana Music Awards 2016.

African Artist of the Year for African Pride Awards 2016.

Song of the Year “Come Closer” for All Africa Music Awards 2017.

Best West African Artist for All Africa Music Awards 2017.

Artist of the Year for All Africa Music Awards 2017.

Best International Act for MOBO Awards 2017.

Song of the Year “Fever” at AFRIMA 2019.

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