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WIZKID AT 30 : 30 Important Events That Shaped His Career And Life



WIZKID AT 30 : 30 Important Events That Shaped His Career And Life

Wizkid is being celebrated globally today as he clocks 30 years old. NAIJA NEWS NG brings you 30 important events that has shaped the Wizkid brand.

1. Wizkid was born on the 16th of July 1990 in Surulere, Lagos . He father, Alhaji M.O Balogun a Muslim married Mrs Balogun, a Christian so he is religious cross breed . He is the only son with 12 sisters. Hmmm a jesus and twelve disciples.

2. He was not known as Wizkid from the beginning of his musical career, he was known as Lil Prinz with a band he formed at the age of 11 called Glorious Five. The Glorious Five released a gospel album in the church, it sold 10,000 copies.

3. Wizkid is a two times dropout , he attended Ijebu Ode Grammar School, then dropped out from Lagos State University, LASU. He later gained admission into Lead City University to study ‘International Relations’ but dropped out again.

4. He met late music producer OJB Jezreel at the age of 11. This enabled him to learn from big stars like 2baba, Sound Sultan and Naeto C. At 15 he was being taught by Naeto C and had started writing songs.

5. Wizzy changed his stage name from Lil Prinz to Wizkid in 2006.

6. “Mami Water” was Wizkid’s first single title. From church to woman wrapper, LOL.

7. Nigerians fell in love with him in 2009 after M.I Abaga featured him in his single “Fast Money, Fast Cars”

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8. Banky W signed him on to his record label E.M.E in 2009 then the rise of the Ojuelegba crooner began.

9. “Holla At Your Boy” the monster hit was released on 2010, a year after he inked the E.M.E contract.

10. Wizkid won the Headies’ ‘Next Rated’ award . He was established as the artist to watch out for.

11. Wizkid became a father in 2011 at the age of 21. His first son is Boluwatife , he now has three Ayodeji, Binta Diallo and Zion .

12. Honda Accord was his first car. He bought a black Honda Accord i-VTEC in 2011. A first son and a first car all in 2011? Boluwatife really came with some goodie bags.

13. In the same 2011 he dropped his first album with E.M.E- ‘Superstar’. The album was loaded with 17 tracks that unraveled the Wizzy package.

14. The E.M.E joint deal on Wizkid and Akon’s Konvict happened in April 2012.

15. He executed his first International Collaboration with Akon with the remix of ‘Don’t Dull’ .

16. ‘Ayo’ is his second album. Ayo gave us the evergreen ‘Jaiye Jaiye’ with Femi Kuti. It also had other great artistes on it.

17. He was paid an eye popping N1 billion to endorse United Bank for Africa, UBA, it is the biggest endorsement so far. Endorsement deals are a huge chunk of his wealth . He has endorsed brands like Pepsi, MTN, Glo, Tecno and also Ciroc.


18. Wizkid is ranked as one of the highest paid performing artistes in the world. 2018 he was paid 50 million Rupees ($681,200, N245. 9 million) to perform at a Royal Wedding at the world’s top private residences, Umaid Bhawan Palace in India.

19. Wizkid is on record as the musician with the highest number of award nominations. He has the most international award nominations in Nigeria.

20. He holds the record of the youngest African to get Grammy nomination for his part in Drake’s hit single ‘One Dance’. He is also the the only Nigerian artiste to remain at the number one spot on iTunes World Chart for more than a week.

21. Wizkid is the first African pop star to perform/sell out Royal Albert Hall in London. He is also the first African artiste to sell out 20,000 capacity o2 Arena in UK twice.

22. He is the first Nigerian artiste to win an award from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

23. If you don’t know, October 6, is set aside as Wizkid Day in Minnesota(United State) for Wizkid because the last time he performed there, he had a sold-out concert at the Skyway Theater.

24. Wizkid is the first afro-pop artiste to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records.

25. He is the first African to bag seven Billboard nominations. He is the first Nigerian artiste to win three Billboard awards.

26. In 2018 hit the runway with fashion icon and model, Naomi Campbell for Dolce and Gabbana and the Internet went into a frenzy.

27. In 2018, one of Wizkid’s hit singles, ‘Soco’ became the most searched words on Google for the year.

28. In 2019, Wizkid featured in Beyonce’s ‘Lion King’ album . Wizkid was featured on a song titled, ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ alongside Beyonce’s first child, Blue Ivy Carter, Beyonce, and Saint Jhn. The song later won The Soul Train Award. Starboy Wizkid is now the first Nigerian artiste to win the Soul Train Award in history

29. 24 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. He broke his own record with the music video for “Fever”. The video features Nigerian superstar, Tiwa Savage who plays his love interest.

30. Wizkid has three albums to his credit; Superstar (2011), Ayo (2014) and Sounds from the Other Side (2017). He also released Sound Man EP (2019) and one of the most anticipated album is on the way “Made In Lagos”.


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Obasanjo Begins Mobilization Of Southern Nigeria Against Atiku , Drums Support For Peter Obi




Obasanjo Begins Mobilization Of Southern Nigeria Against Atiku , Drums Support For Peter Obi

Looks like Olusegun Obasanjo has made up his mind to ensure Atiku Abubakar never becomes President of Nigeria. 

NAIJA NEWS NG monitored a report by Leadership Newspaper reveals that the former President has started mobilizing strategic stakeholders in the southern part of the country against PDP’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar .

Political sources, who confirmed the move, said the former president, who expressed unhappiness at the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the PDP presidential candidate ahead of his southern counterparts, argued that power should return to the South after President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight years as president.

Atiku emerged PDP candidate for a second time in four years at the MKO National Stadium late Saturday, scoring a total of 371 Votes to defeat his closest rival, Nyesom Wike, who scored 237 votes.

The sources said Obasanjo’s grievances with Atiku may not be unconnected to the longstanding differences since they both acted as president and vice president of the country, when Atiku rose to fame.

However, Obasanjo forgave and supported Atiku in the last general elections which the latter lost to an incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

But sources said Obasanjo would rather have another person win the PDP presidential ticket instead of the former vice president and that is why he is determined to mobilise Southern leaders against Atiku at the 2023 general elections.

Wike, Makinde , Ortom , Donald Duke Meet Obasanjo

Top sources, who spoke to LEADERSHIP exclusively on the current plan, said the former president had already detailed former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke, to start the process of organising strategic leaders against Atiku.

The sources said part of Duke’s assignments is to mobilise support across the southern part of the country in favour of Peter Obi, who is the presidential candidate for the Labour Party.

Obasanjo also held meetings with Obi and Duke and urged them to lobby River State governor, Nyesom Wike, who is obviously angry at the outcome of the primary of the PDP, where he lost to Ati ku Abubakar.

The sources also said Obasanjo had concluded plans to personally meet with Wike and all the top stakeholders from the southern part of the country to ensure that power returns to the south at the 2023 general election.

Peter Obi Meets Obasanjo (Photos )

Other sources also noted that Duke’s grievances are with the alleged betrayal of Wike by the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who openly stepped down at the 11th hour of the PDP primary election and told his delegates to vote for Atiku, despite the fact that Wike has always supported Tambuwal both politically, financially and otherwise, especially during the 2019 PDP presidential primary elections.

Duke is also said to be aggrieved over the money spent on Tambuwal and his ambition by Wike, who naturally should get his support at the primaries but lost it due to northern collaboration before the primaries.

Duke, while lamenting the betrayal to Obasanjo, also confirmed the betrayal of some southern governors who wanted their delegates to vote for Atiku, noting that it was only delegates from Akwa Ibom and Edo that defied their governors’ order to vote for Wike.

After the primary, Wike had declared that some PDP governors ganged up with some vested interest groups to derail the quest for Southern Nigeria to produce the next president.

He said it was the agreement of the Southern governors that the presidency should come to the South, which he stood by going into the contest.

Meanwhile, Duke is also said to have already started working towards mobilisation for this task, as he has already contacted a respected priest from Cross River State, pointing out the implications of power remaining in the north and the neglect of the South East and the South South, which were already allegedly schemed out in the PDP power equation.


Ayu To PDP Leaders: Let’s Stop APC’s Misrule

Meanwhile, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has rallied PDP members to unite and end the misrule of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Atiku stated this shortly after receiving his certificate of return as the PDP presidential candidate at the party’s national secretariat, adding that the recent party primaries were a contest within family members on how to put their best feet forward.

Atiku emerged presidential candidate of the PDP last Saturday.

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Garland for the legend: Veteran Actress, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Receives AMVCAs Industry Merit Award




Garland for the legend: Veteran Actress, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Receives AMVCAs Industry Merit Award

Veteran actress, journalist and television presenter, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett was honoured with the Industry Merit Award at the 8th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) on Saturday night.


The AMVCA continued its tradition of recognizing veterans in the film industry who have in no small way contributed to the development of the African film and television industry.


The screen doyen admitted to being short of words as she received the AMVCA award that solidifies her status in Nollywood’s Hall of Fame.  She joins other industry stalwarts to have clinched the award. They include Olu Jacobs, Pete Edochie, Amaka Igwe, Bukky Ajayi, Sadiq Daba, Chika Okpala, Tunde Kelani and Peter Igho.


Full of emotions, she described how happy she was to receive the award.


“I’ve lived to carry this. This is a major surprise to me. I’ve been to places but there’s no place like home,” the legendary filmmaker said. Her statement made a case for honouring our legends while they are still alive.


Ajai-Lycett, 81, is renowned for her charismatic acting, wit, grace and eloquence. After she made her acting debut in 1966 in Wole Soyinka’s two-act comedy ‘The Lion and the Jewel’, she went on to become a regular in British sitcoms such as Comedy Playhouse, Angels, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em alongside Michael Crawford, better known as ‘Frank Spencer’, among others


Her Nollywood portfolio boasts of  watched films and series such as Dazzling Mirage, Oloibiri, Madam President and more recently, King of Boys: The Return of the King.


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The content market workshop, a part of activities for the 8th AMVCAs, held on Tuesday, 10 May and featured African film producers, actors, actresses, and industry stakeholders.


The workshop created a platform where industry stakeholders and partners shared best practices and actionable insight on Africa Magic’s content acquisition processes. It provided a platform for filmmakers to showcase authentic local content.


The Executive head of Content and West Africa, Dr. Busola Tejumola, spoke on the need to create a forum that will focus on delivering effective feedback for the purpose of promoting standard content from both ends.


“We love the engagement from this workshop, and it will be exciting to have this twice a year. We need to improve and continually evolve with our production, storytelling, continually receive feedback, and create more industry engagements like this,” she said.


One of the panel sections focused on the integral steps needed for film recognition. The discussion was chaired by Margaret Akoh, Dotun Ojoh, Showmax Nigeria’s Adeola Oluwatobi, and Tayo Adetunji. Emphasis was placed on the need to create quality content, keep up with industry trends, and select suitable platforms that resonate with the filmmakers’ core audience.


The workshop was attended by top industry personalities including Head of Corporate Affairs, MultiChoice Nigeria Caroline Oghuma, and Head Judge for 8th AMVCA Victor Okhai, amongst others.


The AMVCA week will reach its climax on Saturday, 14th of May when the AMVCA award night will hold. The award night will be aired live on Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv from 4 pm WAT.



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