On Thursday, July 16, Nigerian Afrobeats superstar, Wizkid aka Starboy clocked 30.
Indeed, Wizkid real name Ayodeji Balogun is one of the most beloved artistes to emerge from Africa. He has been regarded as the most influential artistes in this part of the world and has been credited for influencing a host of youngsters in the music industry.
Equally important, Nigerians are voraciously anticipating the release of his fourth studio album, Made In Lagos. A couple of weeks ago, he announced that the project will drop on Thursday, July 16.
The 30-year-old artiste has been postponing the project since 2018. However, he reaffirmed to his fan-base that the album will be released on the stated date. Despite the constant postponement of the music project, Nigerians and fans of the singer dubbed Wizkid FC have continued to eulogize their fave.
They have sung his panegyrics and published heartwarming notes on various social media platforms for the Star Boy Entertainment honcho.
In the meantime, his fans across the globe are also celebrating the Afrobeats superstar.
The emergence of Wizkid
Nigerian singer/songwriter Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (aka Wizkid) began his career in music when he was just 11 years old.
His first record, Lil Prinz, was recorded in 2001 in collaboration with Glorious Five; a group consisting of Balogun as well as his friends from church.
In 2006, he started pursuing music full-time, at first collaborating with various Nigerian pop acts including OJB Jezreel, Naeto C, as well as Banky W.
By 2011 he was ready to record his debut studio album as a solo artist; Superstar was released via Empire Mates Entertainment (EME for short) to great critical and public acclaim across Africa; propelling him to stardom in his home country.
After multiple delays and label disagreements, Balogun released his sophomore album, Ayo, in 2014.
His second studio album featured a multitude of guest appearances; including a spot from Femi Kuti.
It also featured Balogun’s global breakthrough track “Ojuelegba.”
Not only did the single cement his status as one of Nigeria’s biggest pop acts; but it was also picked up and remixed by Drake and Skepta, thrusting Wizkid into the international spotlight.
In return, Wizkid appeared on Drake’s 2016 smash single “One Dance.”
In March 2017, it was announced that Wizkid had also signed a major deal with RCA and Sony International; which would release his third LP, Sound from the Other Side, later that year.
In the meantime, Nigerians have taken to social media to celebrate Star Boy. Read what fans of Star Boy are saying.