Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as Wizkid turns 26 today, July 16, 2016.
To celebrate the award winning Starboy whose international rating has spiked tremendously, here are 26 impressive highlights of his career so far…
1 Wizkid was born in the Surulere part of Lagos which has inspired a lot of his lyrics. He started music at the age of 11 while understudying notable producer, OJB Jezreel.
2 Wizkid’s first musical effort is a 7-track mixtape in 2001. He was then known as Lil Prinz.
3 As a frequent visitor to OJB’s PointBeat Studios at Gbaja Street in Surulere, Wizkid got inspired while watching 2face Idibia record songs for his Grass to Grace album. He was also around while Sound Sultan recorded his debut album, Jangbajantis.
4 In 2008, Wizkid was admitted to study Sociology at the Lagos State University’s Faculty of Social Science.
5 Wizkid first came to the limelight when he featured on MI Abaga’s ‘Fast Money Fast Cars’ in 2009. He also featured on Kel’s track ‘Turn By Turn’ which further set him up as an act to watch out for.
6 He got signed to Banky W’s EME in 2009 after which he started recording his debut album.
7 In mid-2009, Wizkid dropped out of LASU and focused on his music. He was later admitted to Lead City University in Ibadan to study International Relations but also dropped out after two sessions.