Biography Intro:Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun known professionally as Wizkid, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
NAME: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun
DATE OF BIRTH:16 July 1990
PLACE OF BIRTH: Surulere, Lagos
CHILDREN: Boluwatife Balogun,Zion
EDUCATION:Lagos State University, Ijebu Ode Grammar School, Lead City University
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Wizkid started singing at age 11 and went by the stage name Lil Prinz until 2006,During an interview with Adesope of Factory 78 TV, Wizkid described his life in a nutshell. He said he formed a group called the Glorious Five with a couple of his church friends.
The group managed to release an album prior to disbanding. Wizkid later met OJB Jezreel, a record producer who prevented him from recording for a year. While visiting OJB’s PointBeat Studios frequently, he watched 2 Face Idibia record songs for his Grass 2 Grace album, He was also present during the recording sessions for Sound Sultan’s debut album Jagbajantis.
Wizkid cited Naeto C as one of the people who mentored and coached him when he was 15 years old.
Wizkid also told Factory 78 TV that his parents weren’t receptive of his music from the onset. In order to gain his father’s trust, he had to work hard and spend lots of time in the studio.
PUBLICATIONS: Hola At Your Boy And Many Numerous One To Be Mentioned
HONORS AND AWARDS:He is the recipient of two bet awards, three billboard music awards, two iheartradio music awards, one mtv europe music award, four mtv africa music awards, two soundcity mvp awards, three mobo awards, six the headies awards, two channel o music video awards, six nigeria entertainment awards, two ghana music awards, two dynamix all youth awards, two city people entertainment awards, and a future award. In addition, he has been nominated five times at the mtv europe music awards, three times at the american music awards, four times at the world music awards, and once at the grammy awards. Moreover, he received an ascap plaque for his songwriting contributions to drake’s “One dance”.