1. The Starboy boss went to Ijebu Ode Grammar School and then Lagos State University where he later dropped out. He tried going back to school after gaining admission into Lead City University but didn’t finish.
2. Wizkid’s very first single is titled ‘Mami water.’ We don’t think you knew that!
3. His sojourn in the music industry started at the age of 11-years-old when he was part of a group, Glorious Five. By the time he was 15, Wizkid had already met OJB Jezreel who he followed closely and watched other big stars like 2Face, Sound Sultan and Neato C.
4. Wizkid later signed to Banky W’s EME record label in 2009 which was the beginning of the rise of the star we all now know.
5. The release of that song reawakened everyone to a new vibe and sound. The gave him his first Headies awards as the ‘Next Rated,’ and numerous other awards followed suit.
6. The album ‘Superstar’, which was released in 2011 under Empire Mates Entertainment, took Wizkid to the length and breadth of the world as everyone couldn’t get enough of the latest superstar in the room who wasn’t even 20 yet!
7. Wizkid has worked with not just big music stars in the country but outside the country including Drake ,Chris Brown, Beyoncé ,French Montana ,Trey songz, Ty dolla $ign ,Swiss Beats ,and lots more.
8. In 2016, Wizkid became the first Nigerian singer to make it to Billboard’s Twitter Last 24 hours chart following his guest feature with Drake on the hit single, ‘One Dance.’
9. When it comes to endorsement deals, Wizkid has made a lot of money from a number of them. From Pepsi to MTN and even Glo, (Ciroc ,UBA , Tecno [Active deals] )the music star has cashed out hugely from these telcos and multinationals.
10. Back In 2019, Wizkid was announced as the headliner for UBA’s strategic corporate market event scheduled for this summer which sounds like another endorsement deal.
11. Wizkid has three albums to his credit; Superstar (2011), Ayo (2014) and Sounds from the Other Side (2017).
(And the most anticipated album in Africa (Made in Lagos) which is announced to be released today but it’s Wizkid we talking about Face with tears of joy)
12. Wizkid was part a gospel group ‘Glorious Five.’ The band included Wizkid and four other guys, his friends in church choir. As for the musicians’ work in ‘Glorious Five,’ the guys certainly didn’t grab the stars.
13. By the way, when Wizkid sang gospel songs, he had a stage name Lil’Prince.(and was his first stage name)
14. When it comes to his personal life, Wizkid also has a very interesting story. Just in case you don’t know, he is a father to three sons (Boluwatife , Ayo Jnr & Zion) three lil cubs Lion face
15. Wizkid is a Record breaker Like the time he sold out a 20,000 O2 Arena for his concert in 2018 in the United Kingdom. Another event which made Wizkid solidify his position on this list was his sold-out concert the ‘Royal Albert Hall’ in London. (First and Only Nigerian)Lion face
16. Wizkid’s brand took another bold step in 2018 as his Nike jersey was created and it was sold out immediately it got to the market. Wizkid like a lot of very influential celebrities has his clothing line…only superstars do this!
17. Wizkid’s story took to another dimension in 2018 when he hit the runway with fashion icon and model, Naomi Campbell for Dolce and Gabbana and the Internet Exploded.
(besides Soco was played at the event in Italy while wizkid was on the runway)Lion face
18. In 2018, one of Wizkid’s hit singles, ‘Soco’ became the most searched words on Google for the year.
19. Wizkid owns a record label called Starboy records, which has various artists signed to it and collaborations like Starboy Terri ,Maleek berry ,DJ Maphorisa,and the likes.
20.wizkid was one of the celebrities to model for the Nigerian jersey for World Cup (Russia 2018) which sold out in 10 minutes on Nike store in 2018
21. He is the Nigerian artiste with the most award nominations in Nigeria. He is the first African to bag seven Billboard nominations. He is the first Nigerian artiste to win three Billboard awards.
22. His first album was with the Glorious 5 and it sold 10,000 copies.
23. His break out single is “Holla At Your Boy” that was released in 2010.
24. He is the youngest African artiste to get a Grammy nomination.
25. The singer’s favourite colour is black.
26. 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.
27. He is the Nigerian artiste with the most award nominations in Nigeria. (Take it or leave it)Lion face
28. He is the first African to bag seven Billboard nominations
29. Wizkid is the first afro-pop artiste to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records.
30. Born on July 16, 1990. And celebrates 30 years today.
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