Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun who is known professionally as Wizkid is a very popular Nigerian musician and a songwriter. His career in music started when he was aged eleven years and went on to release a collaborative album with a band known as Glorious Five. Glorious Five was a group that he and other church friends had formed. In the year 2009, that was when he signed a deal with a recording label known as Empire Mates Entertainment, which is owned by a Nigerian singer Banky W. Keep on reading to learn more on the net worth and earnings of Wizkid in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Wizkid was born in 1990 on July 16th in Surulere, which is a residential and a commercial area of Lagos. He grew up in a family which had twelve female siblings, and the mother was a Pentecostal Christian while the father was an Islam. In an interview with Tim Westwood, he went on today that his father had three wives. When he was growing up, he in most times listened to songs of Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade. He started his career in music at a tender age of eleven years, and during this time, he had adopted a stage name, Lil Prinz.
In the year 2011, news emerged that Wizkid had impregnated a lady who was in college by the name Sola Ogudugu. Also, the news went on and said that both families were aware of all that was going on. Wizkid would later come out and deny ever impregnating that girl, and he continued this until the year 2013 when he uploaded a picture through his Instagram channel which cleared any rumors and allegations. He is a father of three children.
Career, Awards, & Nominations
His career started when he formed a band that was named ‘Glorious Five,’ with a few of his friends at a church. Later on, that was when he met a music producer by the name ‘OJB Jezreel.’ Wizkid had said that ‘Naeto C’ had remained to be the man that Wizkid admires till to date as he helped him from time to time during his singing endeavors when he was just fifteen years. The father was not very much fond of music, and Wizkid had to work very hard in Studio to ensure that he pleased him.
Wizkid has been able to work with artists such as MI Ikechukwu and many more. In 2009, that was when he signed the first contract with the Empire Mates Entertainment. He decided to leave his college studies to pursue a career in music. He had an admission to the Lead City University but would later drop out from there. He released a song in the year 2010, and this was his turning point. His second song ‘Tease Me Bad Guys’ and it was a freestyle song. He has continued to release various songs that have been doing.
Net Worth & Earnings
The net worth of Wizkid is estimated to be over $14 million. This wealth has been generated from his career in music. He has released many singles that have enjoyed massive airplay. He has performed in various shows and concerts, and he has landed various deals as ambassadors of brands such as MTN.
Many people have described Wizkid as the Justin Bieber of Africa. He is among the highest paid musicians in Africa. Despite the humble background that he came from, nothing has stopped him from achieving the success that he has. He has held very many international tours that have been very successful.