Ayo Balogun Ibrahim with the stage name Wizkid was born on the 16th, June 1990 in the Surulere area of Lagos State, Nigeria. He is a Christian by religion although his father is of the Muslim faith.
Arguably, the Starboy himself is the most influential and richest musician in Nigeria right now and he’s equally one of the artists in the whole of Africa.
Starboy has numerous hits track and his award cabin is full of awards, medal, and trophies. Last year, Wizkid alongside his compatriot, Davido received one of the highest Music awards in Africa.
Wizkid didn’t just rose to glory over the night, he had to drop out of school to pursue his musical dream. Of course, his dad was against it even though he’ll sneak out to record music in the studio.
Wizkid Musical Career
The Ojuelegba crooner started his music journey at a very tender age of 11 years old. Initially, he was stage named Lil Prinz before he changed it in 2006. The reason is yet to be revealed by the Starboy.
What’s more, in an interview the “Pakurumo” singer did with Hip tv, Starboy revealed that his passion for music started when he listed to some music giants playing.
He enjoyed listening to the likes of king Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Bob Marley, etc., playing.
Specifically, the 27 years old artist dropped out of Lagos State University in 2009 just to pursue his dream. After a few months, music regretted his decision and he rolls into Lead City University in Ibadan for the second time.
Unfortunately, his fame and busy schedule didn’t allow him to finished beyond two sessions. He had to drop out again after which he rose to the position of one of the highly sought and most popular artists in Nigeria.
Of course, this was as a result of his first highly celebrated music album title ‘Superstar’ which was recorded during his spell at the Emperor Mates Entertainment (EME). A record label owned and managed by Banky W.
In 2013, he, however, left EME for his own record label “Starboy Entertainment” which he signed many artists to his care.
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Wizkid Endorsement Deals
Ever since Wizkid became a Superstar, he has recorded countless numbers of an endorsement deal and he’s served as an ambassador for different companies and brands in Nigeria and the wider world at large.
He has dealt with the likes of Pepsi, CIROC, Guinness, Dolce and Gabbana, MTN, Glo and many more. In 2018, Wizkid brokered a deal with the Nigeria Football Federation and Nike and the deal was estimated to be $3.75 million.
Wizkid’s Assets And Net worth
Startboy has numerous assets to his name. He once said it that he loves buying gold chains because he sees them as an asset.
As if that’s not enough, Wizkid has a mansion that was valued at N13million in Lagos state. In 2018, rumour has it that he bought a mansion worth thousands of dollars in Los Angeles.
However, Wizkid assets, monetary value plus his record label “Starboy Entertainment”, awards, shows, endorsements, and others were estimated to worth $12 Million; an amount that is equivalent to N43.2Billion.