Wizkid Net Worth by Forbes 2019
Wizkid Net Worth – In this present music era after the rain of 2Baba and co, Wizkid is largely regarded as the most talented Nigerian Singer and one of the best musician in the whole of Africa after Akon who still holds number 1 position in Africa.
Wizkid is a hell of a talent plus God’s grace, he has basically proven to everyone that ordinary kid from literally ZERO background can rise to stardom any time, any day without having to come from a rich family or become the son/daugther of a billionaire. It takes only hard-work and passion to keep pursuing your dreams.
Gist about Wizkid Net Worth, his career and biography can take forever to finish and you will not get exhausted discussing that but for the purpose of this article, we are going to keep it as short as possible. But before we dazzle into Wizkid Net Worth which is our main purpose here, let us first look at who Wizkid is really is… and that brings us back to Wizkid Biography and Music Career.
Wizkid real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun he was born on 16th July 1990. He is a top Nigerian singer and songwriter who started recording music at age 11 and managed to release a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed.
All was not rosey for Wizkid from the scratch, being born in a polygamous family which shared a mixed religion of both Islam and Christianity plus being the only male child in the midst of 12 siblings shoud tell you more about how hard it was for Starboy growing up as an average Nigerian kid.
I guess his position in the family as the only male child wherein he was always taken as a kid plus his numerous female siblings showering him with lots of love and care would have incited the idea of a kid to his stage name “Wizkid”… lol
Wizkid’s mother is a Pentecostal Christian while his father practices Islam, though he had to follow his mother’s religion which ushered him the opportunity to join his local church choir as a teenager where he formed his musical group called “Glorious Five”.
Wizkid lived and grew up with his family at Surelere Lagos and that qualifies him as a product of the street. Since his rise to fame in 2009, he have been reping the country both in Africa and the rest of the world with back to back hits and his fire is not quenching anytime soon.
Wizkid Early Career – How Wizkid Music Career Started
Wizkid career beginning was so challenging, it takes a passonate and zealous person to burn the bridges behind him to achieve his dream. The Starboy you know today had to drop out of school twice to pursue his music dreams to tell how passonate and confident he had for his talent.
He attended Ijebu Ode Grammar School and in mid-2009, he dropped out of Lagos State University (LASU) to focus on his career. He later attended Lead City University, but dropped out also after completing two sessions to give 100% focus to his music.
During his early stage, he got inspiration listening to songs recorded by King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti, and Bob Marley etc and he started singing at age 11 and went by the stage name “Lil Prinz” which he dropped in 2006 to Wizkid that you know today.
His music group which he formed his church friends later release an album prior to disbanding. Wizkid later met OJB Jezreel, a record producer who prevented him from recording for a year. While visiting OJB’s PointBeat Studios frequently, he watched 2 Face Idibia record songs for his Grass 2 Grace album.
He was also present during the recording sessions for Sound Sultan’s debut album, Jagbajantis. Wizkid cited Naeto C as one of the people who mentored and coached him when he was 15 years old.
Wizkid also told Factory 78 TV that his parents weren’t receptive of his music from the onset. In order to gain his father’s trust, he had to work hard and spend lots of time in the studio. Wizkid co-wrote Banky W’s “Omoge You Too Much”, a song off The W Experience album.
He also worked with Naeto C, OJB Jezreel, Ikechukwu, and M.I while developing his craft. In 2009, Wizkid singed a record deal with Banky W.’s Empire Mates Entertainment.
How Wizkid Rose to Fame
Basically the story and journey of Wizkid in the music industry will always remain incomplete without acknowledging Banky W who saw the talent in him and picked him put, gave him the stage he deserves to sing through this record label.
Starboy Wizkid rose to fame in 2010 with the release of the song “Holla at Your Boy” from his debut studio album, Superstar, the song earned him the Next Rated award at The Headies 2011.
In addition to winning the award, he was awarded a 2012 Hyundai Sonata courtesy of the organizers. Other beautiful track in the album includes “Tease Me/Bad Guys”, “Don’t Dull”, “Love My Baby”, “Pakurumo” and “Oluwa Lo Ni”.
Also “Holla at Your Boy” was also nominated for Best Pop Single at the aforementioned awards show. The music video for the song was nominated for Most Gifted Newcomer Video at the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards. It was also nominated for Best Afro Pop Video at the 2011 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA).
Wizkid’s Superstar album garnered Best Album of the Year at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and was nominated for Album of the Year at The Headies 2012.
In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter. Ayo, his self-titled second studio album, was released in September 2014. It was supported by six singles: “Jaiye Jaiye”, “On Top Your Matter”, “One Question”, “Joy”, “Bombay” and “Show You the Money”.
Following the release of his second studio album and expiration of his 5-year recording contract with Banky W record label, Wizkid left E.M.E to establish is own record lable called StarBoy Entertainment.
In 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, “One Dance”, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
In addition to his solo work, Wizkid has collaborated with several other artists and was featured on the hits “Girl” (with Bracket), “Fine Lady” (with Lynxxx), “Sexy Mama” (with Iyanya), “Slow Down” (with R2Bees), “The Matter” (with Maleek Berry), “Pull Over” (with KCee) and “Bad Girl” (with Jesse Jagz).
On 1 March 2017, Billboard magazine reported that Wizkid signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records. Moreover, he became the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the 2018 Guinness World Records for his contribution to Drake’s hit song “One Dance”. The song reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position it kept for 10 non-consecutive weeks making him also the first Nigerian artist to emerge on Billboard’s Twitter Last 24 hours chart.
Recall that Wizkid was also ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists, so he was getting a lot of glaring deals and endorsements also which we are going to dicuss here too.
Wizkid Net Worth relatively came from his numerous endorsements and business deals. Here are List of Wizkid lucrative endorsements below:
List of Wizkid lucrative endorsements
- In 2012, Wizkid signed a one-year endorsement deal with Pepsi reportedly worth 350,000 U.S dollars. He travelled to Beirut, Lebanon with Tiwa Savage for a Pepsi commercial shoot.
- On 28 May 2013, Premium Times reported that Wizkid signed a one-year deal with MTN Nigeria. Moreover, the news source reported that Wizkid’s Pepsi contract was renewed for another two years.
- On 23 October 2013, BellaNaija reported that Wizkid signed an endorsement deal with Guinness for the “Guinness World of More” concert, which was held at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos on 3 November 2013.
- On 18 June 2015, Pulse reported that Wizkid ditched MTN and signed a ₦128 million deal with GLO.
- Wizkid’s latest endorsement deal is with CIROC which he signed this year 2018.
- He also has a deal with Nike as their brand ambassador after adorning the Nigerian Super Eagles jersey alongside Nigeria forward, Alex Iwobi.
- Starboy also featured alongside Naomi Campel as Dolce & Gabana in their fashion event and was paid about $10,000 to walk on stage.
Wizkid Net worth
Wizkid is one of the richest musicians in Africa as stated by Forbes ranking and he is the second richest musician in Nigeria after Davido who took the first position. According to Forbes Wizkid Net worth is estimated to be about $22 million and when you do the maths in Nigerian currency you will see that the Starboy is nothing less than a Billionaire.
In the past 12 months of his music entering different regions of the world the Starboy have been aquiring serious amount of money that runs in multiple millions of dollars. Last year he was paid $681,200 to perform in India at a Royal wedding at Umaid Bhawan Palace.
In 2018 Wizkid sold out his Nike Starboy jersey merch twice, modelled for Dolce & Gabbana in Italy and Moschino. The ‘Fever‘ crooner is a brand ambassador for vodka brand Ciroc and he has customized Starboy Ciroc bottles.
And for the record, the singer sold out the 20,000 capacity O2 Arena, London for his Afro Republik concert, you see why Wizkid Net worth is worth a mention. Now lets talk about Wizkid property which includes cars and houses.
Wizkid owns a mansion in Lekki, one of the most expensive places to live in Nigeria. However, with such a net worth owning a house anywhere in Nigeria is smaller than a piece of cake.
His mansion is said to be worth ₦68 million. Apart from his Lekki mansion, he has a house in Surulere worth ₦13. And according to rumours, he also owns a mansion in Los Angeles, California of unknown price tag.
Reports concerning his Californian mansion was made public by Linda Ikeji, Nigeria’s most popular blogger. An event that led to misunderstanding between Wizkid and linda.
Aside from Wizkid’s beautiful mansion and record company, he has a fleet of some of the latest luxurious cars.
Among them are:
- Mercedes Benz 2012 Compressor
- BMW X6
- Hyundai Sonata
- Porsche Panamera
- Lamborghini Prime
All the cars listed above are worth several millions.
Finally, Wizkid’s is extemely talented and he have good sense of business. As a young man, there is still longer way for him to go, who knows, maybe in few years to come, you will see Wizkid being placed alongside with Dangote, Mike Adenuga and Otedola in the list of richest people in Nigeria and Africa.
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