Without a doubt, one of the most recognized Nigerian musicians in the world, singer/songwriter WizKid has swept practically all notable awards a Nigerian recording artist can think of and has been nominated for – including the 2017 Grammy Awards.
The artist, real name Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, recently signed a multi-album worldwide deal with RCA Records/Sony Music International.
At the tender age of 11 he kick started his music career when he released an album ‘Lil Prinz’ with the group Glorious 5 in 2001.
After the group disbanded he met top Nigerian music producer OJB Jezreel in Surulere.
Since then, at his studio he would see the likes of 2face Idibia, Sound Sultan and Rugged Man record some of their classic tracks.
After waiting in the wings, WizKid recorded his first song in OJB’s studio, and the song featured the legendary producer.
A.k.a. Starboy – he changed his name from Lil Prinz to WizKid in 2006 – he was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists.
In 2016, he 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, the UK, Canada and Australia.