Wizkid Net Worth: How much is Wizkid worth? Wizkid is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who is widely recognized across Africa and within the Afrobeat community. He has an estimated net worth of $6 million. In 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, “One Dance”, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Canada. He signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records in March 2017.
Wizkid’s Early Life
Wizkid was born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun on July 16, 1990, in Surulere, Lagos State Nigeria. He grew up in an interfaith household with 12 female siblings. His mom is a Pentecostal Christian and his father practices Islam. Wizkid attended Ijebu Ode Grammar School. He attended Lagos State University (LASU), but dropped out. He later attended Lead City University, but dropped out also after completing two sessions.
Wizkid grew up listening to King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti and Bob Marley. In an interview with Adesope of Factory 78 TV, Wizkid said he formed a music group called the Glorious Five with a couple of his church friends. They managed to release an album prior to disbanding. In 2009, Wizkid inked a record deal with Bank W’s Empire Mates Entertainment record label.
Wizkid began recording his debut studio album Superstar in 2009. He released “Holla at Your Boy” as the album’s lead single on January 2, 2010. The song nominated for Best Pop Single but earned him the Next Rated award at The Headies 2011. Its music video was nominated for Most Gifted Newcomer Video at the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards.
On April 2, 2010, Wizkid released “Tease Me/Bad Guys” as the album’s second single. The album’s third single, was released on December 6, 2010. Superstar was recorded in English and Yoruba. It was released on June 12, 2011, by Empire Mates Entertainment. The album incorporates elements of Afrobeats, R&B, dancehall and reggae. Superstar garnered Best Album of the Year at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and was nominated for Album of the Year at The Headies 2012.
Between 2012 and 2014, Wizkid recorded his second studio album Ayo. It features guest appearances from Akon, Femi Kuti, Phyno, Banky W., Seyi Shay, Tyga and Wale.
On May 3, 2013, Wizkid released the album’s lead single “Jaiye Jaiye”. It features Grammy-nominated Nigerian musician Femi Kuti. In an interview with Showtime Celebrity,Wizkid said he collaborated with Femi Kuti to prevent people from depicting him as an artist whose lyrics revolve around girls, cars and materialistic things.
In February 2014, Wizkid became the first Nigerian musician to have over one million followers on Twitter.
On 5 January 2015, Wizkid released the music video for “Ojuelegba”, a song that highlights the struggles he endured in the early years of his recording career. The song’s official remix features vocals from Drake and Skepta; it premiered on OVO Sound Radio in July 2015. Wizkid released “Expensive Shit”, an Afrobeats song built on light guitars, saxophone lines and acoustic percussion in May 2015.
On 5 April 2016, Wizkid became Nigeria’s first artist to be listed on Billboard’s Twitter Last 24 hours chart, following his guest feature on Drake’s Afrobeats-infused “One Dance” single, which charted at number 21. On 12 May 2016, the song reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position it kept for 10 non-consecutive weeks. “One Dance” went on to become an international smash hit, topping the charts in 15 different countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and France. The single became Wizkid’s first number-one single as a featured artist in these territories.
In mid-2019, Wizkid was featured on Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl”, taken from The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack. The collaboration was described as one of Wizkid’s “shining” moments of 2019. Later that year, he also released the singles “Joro” and “Ghetto Love”.
In 2020, Wizkid featured on various singles, including “Escape” by Akon, “Gbese 2.0” with DJ Tunes and Spax, “Eve Bounce” by Yung L, and “Consider II” with Walshy Fire. He also released a collaboration with American singer, H.E.R., titled “Smile”. On September 17th, Wizkid released the single “No Stress”, and announced that he would be releasing his fourth album, Made in Lagos, on 15 October 2020. The album launch was later postponed due to the Nigerian EndSARS protests nationwide, until 30 October 2020.