Wizkid was born on 16 July 1990 in Surulere, a residential and
commercial area of Lagos. He grew up in an interfaith household with
twelve female siblings. His mother is a Pentecostal Christian and his
father practices Islam.

In a 2012 radio interview with Tim
Westwood, he said that his father has three wives. During his
upbringing, he listened to songs recorded by King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti,
and Bob Marley. Wizkid started singing at age 11 and went by the stage
name Lil Prinz until 2006. During an interview with Adesope of Factory
78 TV, Wizkid described his life in a nutshell. He said he formed a
group called the Glorious Five with a couple of his church friends.

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group managed to release an album prior to disbanding. Wizkid later met
OJB Jezreel, a record producer who prevented him from recording for a
year.

While visiting OJB’s PointBeat Studios frequently, he watched 2 Face Idibia record songs for his Grass 2 Grace album.

He
was also present during the recording sessions for Sound Sultan’s debut
album, Jagbajantis.Wizkid cited Naeto C as one of the people who
mentored and coached him when he was 15 years old. Wizkid also told
Factory 78 TV that his parents weren’t receptive of his music from the
onset. In order to gain his father’s trust, he had to work hard and
spend lots of time in the studio. Wizkid co-wrote Banky W’s “Omoge You
Too Much”, a song off The W Experience album. He also worked with Naeto
C, OJB Jezreel, Ikechukwu, and M.I while developing his craft. In 2009,
Wizkid inked a record deal with Banky W.’s Empire Mates Entertainment.
He attended Ijebu Ode Grammar School.

In mid-2009, he dropped
out of Lagos State University (LASU) to focus on his craft. He later
attended Lead City University, but dropped out after completing two
sessions.

Wizkid celebrates his 29th birthday today..
Nairalanders can drop their birthday wishes here..

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