Not many people can understand what it feels like to be born practically into nothing, but to come from that to defy the odds and become filthy rich. In fact, only a handful of people in the word ever will, and one of such people is Nigeria’s uncrowned king of contemporary Afrobeat, Wizkid.
The multi-award-winning 27 year old singer, songwriter and critically-acclaimed performer confirmed this sentiment when he declared on twitter that would die wealthy even though he was born poor. In Wizkid’s words:
“Born broke, die “wealthy”
Wizkid, the 7th richest musician in Africa according to Forbes, might be known today for his affluence and the fact he lives a very lavish lifestyle, but things weren’t always this way.
As the last child of a large family of six, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun had very humble beginnings. He started singing at the young age of 11 in church choir and soon after released his first ever body of work, a 7-track album titled ‘Lil Prinz’.
After the release of his first official single on which he featured the late OJB Jezreel, Wizkid collaborated with the likes of Naeto C and Ikechukwu before bursting out big time on the Nigerian music scene in 2009.
He got his big break after getting signed to Empire Mates Entertainment under which he commissioned his critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Superstar’ in 2011 and the rest is history.
With an unbelievable streak of international hits to his credit, as well as a myriad of international collaborations, recognitions and performances, Wizkid has definitely earned himself a life he can be proud of and even boast about if he so desires.
2018 is already looking super promising for Wizkid whose highly anticipated Coachella performance is barely a couple of months away.
Will the superstar be making more money this year? The odds are that he already is as you read this.