African most celebrated pop singer and Starboy Record label boss, Wizkid turns 29 today. The singer is one artiste who have tried to manage his space, by trying to avoid being tag to living a fake life. If you follow him on social media you may feel boring but the truth is, he is actually living the life of a star. Last year, the singer was paid $681,200USD to perform at a wedding in Indian, making him one of the highest paid musician in the world. He buys expensive properties without putting them up on his social media page. He swims in wealth and luxury but yet live a low key life.
Here are 29 unbelievable fact about the singer, who is fast becoming a legend;
1. He currently hold the record for the Highest paid Pepsi Ambassador in Africa.
2. He popped N30million Champagne at his 23rd Birthday.
3. Wizkid “Ayo Ibrahim Balogun” was a student of Ijebu Ode Grammar School.
4. Wizkid dropped out of Lead City University in 2011 into his 3rd Year where he was studying “International Relations”.
5. Started His Music Career Much Earlier.
6. Wizkid has more collaboration than any other Nigerian artiste (both Local & International).
7. He had his first ever recording with OJB Jezreel at 11.
8. He recorded the chorus to MI’s smashing single “Fast money fast car“, in less than a minute.
9. Wizkid’s “Tease Me” spurred, out of his provocative conversation with his Dad who has 3 wives.
10. Wizkid was the first artiste in Africa to hit one million followers.
11. Wizkid was in the studio when 2face Recorded “Grass To Grace” and Sound Sultan recorded “Jagba jantis“.
12. The singer had his last son, Zion with his manager, Jada who he is currently dating.
13. He changed his name from Lil Prinz to Wizkid in 2006.
14. Wizkid is the artiste with the highest collaborations with legends and veterans.
15. Wizkid has more producers on his record label thank any other label in Nigeria.
16. Master grove and Fever was the only two official single Wizkid has has released since 2018.
17. Wizkid’s son, Boluwatife is the first celebrity kids to have a fashion collection.
18. Wizkid is the first Afro-pop artiste to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records.
19. Thanks to his collaboration on “One Dance” a track he was featured on by Canadian rapper, Drake. Wizkid is the only Nigerian artiste to maintain the number one spot on iTunes World Chart for more than 12 weeks.
20. 24 hours after its release, Wizkid’s “Come Closer” on which he featured Drake got up to a million views on YouTube. This makes Wizkid the first African artiste whose video hit the million mark within the first 24 hours of its release. He broke his own record with the music video for “Fever”. The video features Nigerian superstar, Tiwa Savage who plays his love interest.
21. The governor of Minnesota, Mark Brandt Dayton honoured the singer, by naming a day after him in the US.
22. He is the first Nigerian artiste to win an award from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
23. He is the first Nigerian artiste to win three Billboard awards.
24. He is the first African to bag seven Billboard nominations.
25. Wizkid is the first African pop star to perform/sell out Royal Albert Hall in London.
26. He recorded Sarz biggest song, “Samba (Beat of life)” in just 1 hour.
27. Wizkid was the first African artiste to win the Best International Act at the MOBO Award, beating the likes, Jay-Z, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and others.
28. Wizkid is the youngest artiste to become richest musician in Nigeria, according to Forbes.
29. Wizkid is the most stylist musician in Africa, that why he was the first singer from Nigeria to walk on D&G fashion runway. He also signed several modeling deal with top international Modeling companies.