Wizkid is a year older today and we are going down memory lane to look back on how he started and his achievements so far.Born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun on 16 July 1990, Starboy’s riseto stardom began after the release of his song,Holla at Your Boy on 2 January 2010, at the age of 20.The song was off his debut studio album, Superstarreleasedon 12 June 2011 under the Empire Mates Entertainment record label and it contained tracks such as Tease Me/Bad Guys, Don’t Dull, Gidi Girl, Love My Baby, PakurumoandOluwa Lo Ni.All the tracks on the album became instant hits, paving the way for greater things for Wizzy.
That year his award nominations included,Holla At Your BoyforHeadies Next Rated which he won andHeadies Best Pop Single.The music video for Holla At Your Boy was also nominated forMost Gifted Newcomer Video at the 2011 Channel O MusicVideo Awards and Afro Pop Videoat the 2011 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA).In 2012, Wizkid’sSuperstaralbum wonBest Album of the Yearat the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awardsas girl withecond studio album self-titled,Ayo, was released on September 17, 2014, three years after his sophomore work.It’s nineteen track list included Jaiye Jaiye, On Top Your Matter, One Question, Joy, Bombay, In my bed, Ojuelegba, andShow You The MoneyThrough-out the year, all his songs and collaborations were all back to back hits.Such asGirlwith Bracket,Fine Ladywith Lynxxx,Sexy Mamawith Iyanya, Slow Downwith R2Bees,The Matterwith MaleekBerry,Pull Overwith KCee andBad Girlwith Jesse Jagz.This positioned Starboy as the artist with the midas touch.
In September 2015, Starboy revealed through his Instagram that he would be postponing work on a third album but would focus on an Extended Playlist, EP, instead.This announcement he made after attending 2Face Idibia’s “Fortified” tribute concert as he said,“I celebrated the legend 2face Idibia last night! Epic! It made me realize how much work I need to do.”In an interview with Fader Magazine, he revealed the title of the EP as Sounds From the Other Side.
In 2013, Starboy ranked 5th on both Forbes and Channel O’s list of the Top 10 Richest and Bankable African Artists.In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.This year, on April 5, 2016, Wizkid emerged as Nigeria’s firstartist to get on Billboard’s Twitter Last 24 hours chart after he featured on Drake’s One Dance. The song reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and held the spot for weeks.
At the age of 26, Wizkid’s achievements include, a BET Award,a MOBO Award, five The Headies Awards, two Channel O Music Video Awards, six Nigeria Entertainment Awards, two Ghana Music Awards, two Dynamix All Youth Awards, two City People Entertainment Awards, and a Future Award.He has received three nominations at the MTV Europe Music Awards and has also been nominated four times at the World Music Awards.Wizkid had the magic touch six years ago when he began hisjourney to stardom, and he still has it today as he celebrates his 26th birthday.