By: Nellie Sainvil
“Wizkid” or Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, was born July 16th, 1990 in Surulere, Ikeja, Nigeria making him 31 years of age. Ayodeji had a fascination with music at a very young age, so much so that he began producing music at no older than 11 years old. He dropped his first music video on YouTube for his song “final” six years ago on the 11th of December marking the commencement of his music career. His most recent and most popular single to come out is by far his best work yet and took the world by storm. I am talking about “Essence” featuring the incredibly talented Temz on vocals.
Some, like me, might have been surprised by Wizkid releasing Essence and may not have known that he was so in tune with his African background when it came to the music he let out. If you’ve ever heard Essence, it’s an afro beat song with heavy hints of an accent coming from WizKid and the unique portrayal of the verse by Temz. Overall, the song was a great integration of African culture being introduced to his primarily American audience and it was received well.
Contrary to popular belief, Wizkid has made many African Influenced songs and talks very fondly of his African background. In fact, almost all of his first songs had exclusively Afro beats and tempos. He wanted to drop his album “Made in Lagos” on Nigerian Independence Day. He says in an OkayAfrica interview, ““It’s been amazing to see Nigerian, African culture travelling, pushed by all of us in our small way.” He was even featured on Beyonce’s “Brown Skin Girl”. The song is currently standing at 50 million views.
Wizkid is an extremely talented artist. He’s been here a while and has so much more to achieve. We won’t be hearing the last of him any time soon.