Find out more about Best Newcomer nominee Wizkid.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun a.k.a Wizkid is a talented singer/songwriter and performer. He kicked off his singing career at the early age of 11 when he recorded his first song with one of Nigeria’s celebrated music icons, OJB Jezreel. He went on to record a 7-track album, which he released under the name Lil’ Prinz. In 2006 armed with a passion for making music and a new stage name, “Wizkid” got back into the studio to hone his craft working under some of Nigeria’s biggest names in the industry including Naeto C, OJB Jezreel, Ikechukwu and many more.
In 2009 his collaboration with M.I on “Fast Money, Fast Cars” on the Talk About It album proved to be his big break. He got signed to Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment, and featured prominently on Banky’s The W Experience album. A year later he released his first singles, “Holla at your Boy”, “Gidi Girl” and “Ori Mi” with label mate, Skales as well as the hit song, “Tease Me” which was just a studio freestyle that got leaked online and turned into a big hit in different parts of Nigeria and among Nigerians worldwide. The same year he won “Promising Artiste of the Year” at the Dynamix All Youth Awards. Wizkid is signed to Banky W’s label and he has become Banky’s protégé.