Hometown: Ikeja, NG
Label: Empire Mates Entertainment
Management: Osagie Osarenkhoe (M.et.al Entertainment)
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun a.k.a Wizkid is a talented singer, song writer and performer. He kicked off his singing career as early as 11 when he recorded his first song with one of Nigeria’s celebrated music icons, OJB Jezreel. He went on to record a 7-track album, which he released in his church in Lagos, under the name of Lil’ Prinz; this was just a stint that earned him a remarkable deal of encouragement and recognition from family, his church and other artistes.
Years later in 2006, with a new name, which he picked up from a very funny incident, Wizkid got into the studio to record again; this time with HMan (OJB’s younger brother) and Ugly on a song titled ‘Naija Boy’, produced by OJB Jezreel. He went on to hone his singing skills with influences from OJB Jezreel, Ruffman, Naeto C, Ikechukwu and many others. By 2008, he had developed a unique reggae style and had worked with some of the finest artistes in Nigeria such as Sound Sultan, Ruffman, Nyore, Durella, Kel, TBase etc.
Wizkid’s collaboration with M.I on “Fast Money, Fast Cars” on the Talk About It album, drew major attention to his distinct voice and singing style. From there, he went on to feature on Kel’s Turn by Turn, the 2008 Barcelos radio jingle and many others.
In 2009, he got signed to Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment, featured on and co-wrote some of the songs on Banky W’s The W Experience album.
The talented young man who is driven by his passion for music and life’s experiences, turns 20 this year and will be releasing his first singles, ‘Holla at Your Boy’ and ‘Gidi Girl’ in the early quarter of the year. Both songs were produced by V.D and DJ Klem respectively.