CB presents the Full Story of a Nigerian musician best known as “Wizkid“. Our Wizkid Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date.
The analysis involves his early life, family background, life story before fame, rise to fame story, relationship life, personal life, family facts, lifestyle and other little-known facts about him.
Yes, everyone knows he is one of the most commercially successful music artists in Nigeria. However, only a few consider Wizkid’s biography which is quite interesting. Now, without further ado, let’s begin.
Wizkid Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
Starting off, his full names are Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun. WizKid, as he is popularly known, was born on the 16th day of July 1990 at Surulere in Lagos, Nigeria.
He was the only son born of the union between his mother, Jane Dolapo and his father, Alhaji Muniru Olatunji Balogun.
The Nigerian national of Yoruba ethnicity with West African roots was raised at Shitta in Surulere, Lagos state where he grew up with his twelve sisters (oh you got that right!!) in a polygamous family of mixed religion.
Growing up in Shitta, Wizkid – whose mother was a Christian and his father a Sunni Muslim – decided to practice his mother’s religion and would often follow her to church, where he picked up interest in music.
Wizkid Education and Career Buildup:
Regarding Wizkid’s education background, he studied at Ijebu-Ode grammar school in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state.
By the time Wizkid was 11 years old, he joined his church’s choir where he started singing and would often attend his choir’s rehearsals after school.
While singing in his church’s choir, Wizkid took up the role of the choir’s lead singer because he was a good vocalist.
He soon adopted the stage name, ‘Lil Prinz’ which he used for all of his performance at such tender age.
It wasn’t long before the young talented singer dropped out of secondary school to focus on his musical endeavours with his friends in various shows.
He later went back to continue his education since his effort in getting a breakthrough in music was not yielding the expected result.
Wizkid Early Career Life:
Inspired by artists like Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, 2 Face Idibia, and Sound Sultan, Wizkid’s determination for venturing into music as his basic career was ignited.
He created a group known as ‘the glorious five’ which comprises of his friends from his church.
Wizkid had to visit the musical studio frequently in order to become a successful musician and gain his parents’ consent for choosing a career path in music.
Not long after, the young talented artist became privileged to be mentored and coached by Naeto C.
Wizkid Biography – Road To Fame Story:
Wizkid and his crew, ‘The Glorious Five’, released an album which did not turn out to be successful. Being optimistic, Wizkid focused intensively on achieving his dream of becoming an outstanding musician.
He later met OJB Jezreel, a record producer who became his mentor. Jezreel advised him to stop recording for a year and learn more about music production by watching experienced artists.
Wizkid visited Jezreel’s studio more frequently to watch the production and recording of grace 2 grace by 2 Face Idibia and Sound Sultan’s debut album Jagbajantis.
Although his parents were not in support of his ambition, the talented young musician, did not lose hope of making a grand achievement.
Wizkid Bio – Rise To Fame Story:
In 2009, Wizkid signed a record deal with Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E). He also began recording his debut studio album, ‘superstar’ which was released in 2010.
The album which contained ‘Holla at Your Boy’ as the album’s lead single, earned him the next rated award at the Headies in 2011.
Fast forward to date, Wizkid is one of the most celebrated Nigerian musicians worldwide and has made his mark in the music industry with his latest joint single release being “Brown Skin Girl” with Beyonce. The rest, as they say, is history.
Wizkid Relationship Life:
Wizkid is yet to be married at the time of writing. We bring you facts about his dating history and current relationship status.
To start with his dating history, the artiste has been linked with no fewer than six ladies since his rise to fame.
They include; Sophie Rammal, Sola Ogudugu, Tonto Dikeh, Victoria Kimani, Binta Diallo, Jada Pollock his manager, and Tania Omotayo to mention a few.
His relationship with the aforementioned ladies turned baby mamas – Sola Ogudugu, Binta Diallo, and Jada Pollock – gave rise to the birth of his three sons Boluwatife, Ayodeji, and Zion Balogun respectively.
Regarding his current relationship status at the time of writing, Wizkid is rumoured to be dating singer Tiwa Savage.
Wizkid and Tiwa have appeared together on several shows as lovebirds. In 2018 Wizkid featured Tiwa Savage in his video “Fever” which depicted a lot of romantic scenarios.
The music video of “Fever” captured Wizkid caressing and romancing Tiwa savage, therefore, sparking rumours of a romantic affair between them.
Wizkid Family Life:
Wizkid comes from a middle-class family background. we bring you facts about his family life.
About Wizkid’s father:
Alhaji Muniru Olatunji Balogun is Wizkid’s dad. Despite what you might think, Wizkid’s father – a Sunni Muslim – was never a rich man.
He got a very prestigious title called Mogaji Adinni on the 9th day of April, 2017. Although he was not in support of Wizkid’s early ambition of becoming a music celebrity, the success of Wizkid helped gain his father’s trust.
The father of 13 still lives in Shitta Surulere, Lagos after declining to relocate to the new mansion Wizkid had purchased for them in Lekki, Lagos.
About Wizkid’s mother:
Jane Dolapo is Wizkid mom. Her son has always applauded and credited her as one of the key factors towards his success, due to her consistent prayers for him.
Jane Dolapo is a pentecostal Christian and is always regarded as the prayer warrior and backbone of her son.
About Wizkid’s siblings:
Wizkid has no brother but has twelve sisters. The Nigerian pop star cherishes Lade Balogun, the youngest amongst his sisters and doesn’t joke with anything about her.
She attends one of the expensive schools in southwestern Nigeria. His eldest sister Yetunde Balogun lost her husband Seun Rowland Awoniyi to cancer in 2016.
About Wizkid’s relative:
Away from Wizkid’s immediate family, little is known about his maternal grandparents as well as his paternal grandfather and grandmother.
Similarly, not much is known about Wizkid’s uncles and aunts, neither are there records of his cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Wizkid Personal Life:
What makes Wizkid tick? Sit back as we bring you makings of his personality in order to help you get a complete picture of him. To begin with, Wizkid’s persona is a blend of cancer zodiac traits.
He is loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive, tenacious and highly imaginative. His favourite hobby is shopping. He also has other interest in Art, spending time with children, helping loved ones, and singing.
Wizkid has an estimated net worth of $14 million at the time of writing.
The origin of Wizkid’s wealth stems completely from his musical endeavours and endorsement deals with brands like Pepsi while analysis of his spending patterns indicates that he lives a luxurious lifestyle.
To start with Wizkid’s assets, he owns two massive and quite expensive houses.
One of the mansion is situated at Lekki, in Lagos Nigeria, while the other is located in Los Angeles, USA. The Lekki mansion is said to be worth #70 million.
The Nigeria popstar also owns some collections of cars which includes; a black Honda Accord I-VTEC, Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes 2012 Compressor, BMW X6, Hyundai Sonata, Bentley, and Porsche Panamera.
Wizkid Untold Facts:
To wrap up our Wizkid’s childhood story and biography here are some little known or untold facts that are rarely included in his bio.
Do you know?
- Wizkid made #10,000 from the total sale of his first album (with Glorious 5).
- Regarding his religion, Wizkid is a Christian even though his father is a Sunni Muslim and he grew up singing in a church’s choir.
- He loves inking his body and has got different kinds of tattoos on him. They include a tattoo of Fela’s famous pose on his right hand and a lion’s head on his left hand.
- In his 3rd academic session, Wizkid dropped out of Lead City University where he was studying ‘International Relations ’ in 2011.
- Wizkid is actively involved in charity works. He visited a community in Benin Republic to donate some food items and materials to the less privileged.