Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as WIZKID or Starboy is a popular Nigerian musician, stage performer and songwriter. Wizkid has been in the Nigerian music industry for over a decade now and sure does have millions of fans both nationally and Internationally. It is reported that Wizkid charges millions of naira or thousands of dollars to perform at shows and events. In fact, Wizkid’s songs are the highest streamed music on Spotify with millions listening daily.
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Little wonder he has lots of cash to enjoy the best of cars, lives in exquisite houses and even wears designer clothes. Curious about knowing more about your favourite artist? In this post, carmart.ng brings you everything you need to know about Wizkid.
|Name||Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun|
|Date of birth||July 16, 1990|
|State of Origin||Lagos|
|Net worth||₦7.3 Billion|
Wizkid’s Early Life And Biography
Wizkid was not born with a silver spoon. He spent his early life living in the slums and ghettos of Lagos, Surulere to be precise. Born on 16th July 1990, Wizkid was raised in a polygamous home wherein his father had three wives. His mother’s name is Jane Dolapo and his other two siblings born by his mother are Yetunde Balogun and Lade Balogun. His father, Alhaji Muniru Olatunji Balogun was a Muslim, however, his mum was a pentecostal Christian.
Growing up, Wizkid often followed his mother to church together with his siblings. He attended Ijebu Ode Grammar School. He attended Lead City University for a while, then dropped out to pursue his music career.
Wizkid Music Career
Wizkid has always loved music, and he began performing at a young age. His journey to becoming a top-performing icon in the music space didn’t happen by chance. He took hard work, grit and learning from the right people. He has immense admiration for the music icons like King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti and Bob Marley.
He began singing in a church music group called the Glorious Five, where he gave himself the stage name Lil Prinz. Growing up, Wizkid met OJB Jezreel aka Babatunde Okungbowa, a record producer of the most hit albums in Nigeria and the African music scene. His music journey was influenced by meeting with the likes of 2Baba, Banky W, Naeto C, and Sound Sultan. Wizkid claimed it was Naeto C who mentored him in music when he was 15 years old.
In 2009, he co-authored a song titled “Omoge You Too Much” with Banky W. He also collaborated with top record producers such as E-Kelly, Jay Sleek, Shizzi, DJ Klem, Masterkraft, Q-Beats, and Samklef. In 2010, he released his first hit single “Holla at Your Boy”, a song that was a major breakthrough for him and earned him international recognition and nomination.
Wizkid keeps on rising in the music space both locally and internationally. He has achieved great feats that most Nigerian musicians have not attained in a short while.
- Superstar (2011)
- Ayo (2014)
- Sounds from the Other Side (2017)
- Made in Lagos (2020)
Wizkid Awards And Nominations
|1||Promising artist of the year||Dynamix All Youths Award||2010|
|2||Best new male artist||City People Entertainments Award||2011|
|3||Best new artist of the year||Nigeria Entertainment Awards||2011|
|4||Artist of the year||Dynamix All Youth Awards||2011|
|5||Best African Act||Music of black origin||2011|
|6||Best Pop/R$B Artist of the Year||Nigeria Entertainment Awards||2012|
|7||Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year||The Headies||2012|
|8||Artist of the Year||The Headies||2012|
|9||Best International Act Africa||BET Awards||2012|
|10||Hottest Single of the Year||Ojuelegba||Nigeria Entertainment Award|
|11||Video of the Year||Ojuelegba||African Muzik Magazine Awards|
|12||Song of the Year||Ojuelegba||African Muzik Magazine Awards|
Wizkid Net Worth
Wizkid is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who has a net worth of ₦7.3 Billion. Although he is widely recognized across Africa and within the Afrobeat community, he has also reached international stardom after collaborating with well-known figures in the music industry such as Drake.
A net worth of ₦7.3 Billion is a lot of money, enough to finance the heights of enjoyment and luxury of life. Wizkid obviously has the wealth to buy the best cars.
Mercedes Benz G63 AMG ₦60 Million
Mercedes Benz remains a car of utmost luxury and comfort. The Star Boy got this for ₦60 Million.
BMW X6 (N11 Million)
Car lovers have a soft spot for BMW. Obviously, the ‘Love my Baby’s singer does too. He got this ‘baby’ for ₦11 Million, The Starboy, took to Instagram, to flaunt his new toy and wrote: “My new baby!!!” It has not been confirmed how much he purchased the new automobile.
Porsche Panamera N13 Million (Was Crashed In An Accident)
The Porsche Panamera was one of the best cars Wizkid used to love, sadly the car got badly damaged in an accident. It cost him about ₦13 Million to bring home.
Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible: ₦45- ₦50 Million
The celebrity, Wizkid has often be sighted with a Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible which cost him between ₦45- ₦50 Million
Lamborghini Urus (Over ₦101 million)
Lamborghini Urus is one of the latest cars of Wizkid. For almost a year, the talented musician didn’t grace his garage with any new car. In 2019, he gave himself a treat with a Lamborghini Urus.
Porsche Cayenne (₦18 million)
Another cool ride belonging to your Starboy is a Porsche Cayenne which took about ₦18 million from his purse.
- 2012 Mercedes-Benz Kompressor (₦9M)
WIZKID has made a tremendous success by following his passion for music. While he met with many ups and downs in his career, it’s obvious he is reaping the fruits of his labour. The award-winning musician has houses worth millions of houses to his name.
In 2013, Wizkid acquired his very first house for the sum of N 68 million. The house is located in Lekki – a highbrow area of Lagos, Nigeria.
He also has another house in Surulere, Lagos which he bought for ₦13million. It’s said that Wizkid also got a house for his parents.
WizKids has a 3-storey mansion in Los Angeles, US, which reportedly costs between $10 million and $15 million. Reports say that this house has a state-of-the-art swimming pool. He got this house in 2016.