Birth name Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun
Also known as Lil Prinz
Born 16 July 1990 (age 27)
Surulere , Lagos , Lagos State, Nigeria
Genres Afrobeat Afropop reggae
Occupation(s) Singer songwriter
Years active 2001–present 
Labels Starboy RCA
Associated acts Maleek Berry
Legendury Beatz L.A.X
Banky W. Skales Shaydee
Wale Wande Coal
Ice Prince R2Bees
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (born 16 July 1990), better known by his stage name Wizkid (sometimes stylised as WizKid), is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He 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. In 2009, he signed a record deal with Banky W. 's record label
Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E). He rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of the song " Holla at Your Boy " from his debut studio album,
Superstar (2011). "Tease Me/Bad Guys ", "Don't Dull ", "Love My Baby", "Pakurumo" and "Oluwa Lo Ni" were also released as singles from the
Superstar album. Wizkid's self-titled second studio album, Ayo, was released in September 2014 and was preceded by six singles: "Jaiye Jaiye ", "On Top Your Matter", "One Question", "Joy", "Bombay" and "Show You the Money".
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).
Following the release of his second studio album and expiration of his 5-year recording contract, Wizkid left E.M.E. On 1 March 2017, Billboard magazine reported that Wizkid signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records . The deal was first reported by several media outlets in September 2016. The chairman and CEO of RCA Records, Peter Edge , somewhat confirmed the signing while speaking to Music Business Worldwide in January 2017.
He was ranked 5th on Forbes and Channel O 's 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists. In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.
Awards and nominations
Wizkid's contribution to the Nigerian Music Industry has earned him several achievements. As of June 2017, Nigerian recording artist Wizkid has received a total of 44 awards from 157 nominations. He is the recipient of two BET Award , three Billboard Music Awards , two
iHeartRadio Music Awards , one MTV Europe Music Awards , four MTV Africa Music Awards , two SoundCity MVP Awards , one African Pride Award , two MOBO Award , six 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 . In addition, he has been nominated five times at the MTV Europe Music Awards , three times at the American Music Awards , once at the
Grammy Awards , as well as four times at the
World Music Awards .