Wizkid Debuts "Smile" at 30 - Interesting Facts About Him You Didnt Know

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One of Nigeria 's best entertainer, singer and songwriter, Afro-pop star Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has risen to become one of the music industry's biggest artists – and its pop culture has expanded over the past decade.

Year after year, Wizkid has continued to impact, define and alter the genre with power moves that have seen an obvious paradigm shift toward Africa in the direction of foreign record labels and management.

Here are few things to know about the pop star who clocks 30 today:

In 2016, after his guest appearance with Drake on the hit single 'One Dance,' Wizkid became the first Nigerian singer to make it to Billboard's Twitter Last 24 Hours list.

Wizkid is the father of three children. In 2011, at the age of 21, he welcomed his first son, Boluwatife, with Shola Ogudugu, his then-girlfriend turned baby mum. In 2016, with his second baby mum, Binta Diallo, Wizkid welcomed his second son, Ayodeji.

When he was part of a party, 'Glorious Five,' he began his stay in the music industry at 11. Wizkid had already met OJB Jezreel who he closely followed and watched other big stars like 2Face, Sound Sultan and Neato C.

To his credit, Wizkid has three albums; Superstar (2011), Ayo (2014) and Sounds from the Other Side (2017).

Wizkid was born on 16 July 1990 in Surulere, Lagos, to Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. He grew up living with twelve sisters; his father, Alhaji M.O. Balogun, who is Muslim and Ms. Balogun, a Christian mum.

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The album, 'Superstar,' released under Empire Mates Entertainment in 2011, took Wizkid to the world's length and breadth. He dropped the second album 'Ayo' in 2014 that had a host of music stars on its feature list. One song which stood out was 'Jaiye Jaiye' featuring Femi Kuti, the music icon.

Wizkid wasn't always known as Wizkid, as he was named 'Lil Prinz' when he began singing but changed the name in 2006. He went to Grammar School in Ijebu Ode and then to Lagos State University where he later dropped out.

Wizkid has not only worked with big music stars in the country but outside of Nigeria 's shores including Drake and Chris Brown.

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The very first single from Wizkid is called 'Mami water.' He later signed to the EME record label from Banky W in 2009 which was the beginning of his rise, dropped his first studio album 'Superstar' in 2009 and released the hit single 'Holla at your Girl' in 2010

Wizkid ft. H.E.R – SmileWizkid is the cynosure of all eyes particularly for prominent brands when it comes to endorsement deals. From MTN to Pepsi, and even Glo. Wizkid was announced as the headliner for UBA 's strategic enterprise market event in 2019.

True, 'Ojuelegba' is the song that attracted the attention of the international scene but remains the song of the decade for the die-hard fans, who were teenagers and young adults in 2010.

DOWNLOAD MP3: Wizkid ft. H.E.R – Smile

DOWNLOAD MP3: Wizkid ft. H.E.R – Smile