Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (stage name Wizkid) was born on July 16, 1990 in Lagos, Nigeria. He comes from a large family and is the last of six children. Wizkid started singing at age 11; he sang in his church's choir and released a 7 track album entitled "Lil Prinz".
Wizkid's first song featured one of Nigeria's celebrated musical icon, OJB Jezreel. Moreover, in 2006, Wizkid collaborated with Naeto C and Ikechukwu prior to rising to stardom. In 2009, Wizkid became a household name within Nigeria's musical landscape; he was featured on M.I's "Fast Money, Fast Cars", and Kel's "Turn by Turn".
Wizkid was featured on Banky W's album, The W Experience, after getting signed to Empire Mates Entertainment. Wizkid began recording songs for his debut album, Superstar, several months prior to the June 9, 2011 release.
Wizkid has won 7 awards, including Ghana Music Awards (African Artist of the Year) in 2013, BET Awards 2012 (Best International Act Africa) in 2012, Hip Hop World Awards 2012 (The Headies) in two nominations, Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2012, in two nominations, Mobo Awards (Best African Act) in 2011.