World Wizkid Day: Check Out 11 of Wizkid’s Biggest Achievements

Ayo Balogun popularly known as ‘Wizkid’ is without doubt one of the biggest artistes to come out of Nigeria and in fact, Africa as a whole.

This talented pop star has made his name in the Nigerian entertainment industry, the African music scene and he is currently making serious waves internationally.

On Monday 4th of February was World Wizkid Day (don’t ask me who declared it sha!) on twitter and even though he is on a break from the music scene at the moment, a lot of fans went on the social media app to show their love and laud this superstar.

As my own way of celebrating this young Nigerian music icon, I put together a list of 11 of my favorite Wizkid’s achievements since he broke out in 2009. Take a look:

  • Last year, Wizkid became the First African artist to model for fashion giants Dolce and Gabbana when he walked the runway at their Spring Summer 2019 Men’s Fashion Show in Milan, Italy.

  • Wizkid is the First African Artist to own a personalized jersey from Nike.

  • He was the first African Artist to sell out the O2 Arena capacity auditorium in London.

  • Wizkid has the first music video by an African artist to get 1 million views within 24 hours with his ‘Come Closer’ song with Drake. Then He broke that record when his ‘Fever’ song hit more than one million views under 21 hours.

  • He is the First Nigerian musician to hit 3 million followers on twitter. And he is currently the highest followed Nigerian celebrity with 4.2 million followers.

  • He is the first Nigerian artist to make the Number 1 spot on the iTunes chart. He made it when “One Dance” hit the number 1 spot and stayed there for over a week.

  • Wizkid entered the Guinness World Record books as the first Afro-pop artist with the most played song on spotify when the song he featured in and co-produced with Drake “One Dance” hit over 1 billion views.

  • He is the youngest African artiste to get a Grammy nomination.

  • Wizkid is also the first African artist to bag up to 7 nominations at the 2017 Billboard Awards with “One Dance”. The song won three of the nominations.

  • After Wizkid’s Skyway Theater Concert at Minnieapolis,the Governor of Minnesota declared October 6, 2018 as Wizkid Day.

  • Wizkid is also the first African to bag an international award from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). The award was given to Wizkid in recognition of his role in the writing of Drake’s chart-topping hit single “One Dance”.

Please note that this isn’t all of Wizzy’s achievements, it’s just my top 11 achievements by this amazing superstar.

Do you know of any other Wizkid’s achievement? Feel free to let me know by commenting below.


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