By now, it should be quite obvious that Nigerian musician, Wizkid, owns 2016. The rest of us are just really renting the year from him. Starboy as he likes to call himself is winning in everything this year.
From international collaborations to signing new artistes, to even his family life, everything is on an even keel for him. How are we so sure he owns 2016?
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1. Topping the Billboard charts
Look closely at number 1. Yes, Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla at number one, topping the Billboard charts. To tell you how truly great that is, look at the songs below.
‘One dance’ released in April 2016 buttressed Wizkid’s claim that he was building something iconic. Since that song more and more doors have been opening up for the ‘Mamacita’ crooner.
2. Wizkid and Skye
This was one of the photos that started the rumors that Wizkid was dating Justin Skye, an American singer and songwriter with two albums to her credit.
Skye recently signed with Roc Nation Records and she has been seen severally with Wizkid. Justine Skye is not only beautiful, she is also a superstar in her own right.
Wizzy is obviously having the time of his life.
3. Happy Family
While Wizkid might be dating Justine Skye, the picture above is another picture that makes me and a whole lot of other people envy the Starboy. He even wins in life, no baby mama drama as we would expect.
Oluwanishola Ogudugu, the mother of Wizkid’s first son, is here pictured with the boy, whom Wizkid calls ‘My Pride, My Joy’ on his twitter handle. Boluwatife balogun turned 5 this year and recently graduated into Grade 1 in primary school.
4. Starboy Label signs new artistes
While Wizkid is doing a lot for his music personally, he is also building something with his record label; Starboy Entertainment Worldwide.
Wizkid recently signed three new artistes to his label, he signed R2Bees a Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife duo from Tema made up of Faisal Hakeem (Paedae da Pralem) and Rashid Mugeez (Mugeez).
He also signed the beautiful Efya, a Ghanaian neo soul vocalist, songwriter, performer and actress from Kumasi and Mr Eazi a Ghana-based Nigerian-born entertainer. Wizkid’s label has taken a massive boost as Eazi and Efya collaborated recently to release the hit song: ‘Skin Tight’.
5. 2016 Nominations
And the nominations keep rolling in. Wizkid was recently nominated at the BET Awards 2016 for the ‘Best International Act – Africa’ category, he lost however to Black Coffee. He has been nominated once again for ‘Best Male West Africa’ in the upcoming African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) slated for October 15 2016.
6. Collaborations with international artistes
Apart from his collaboration with Drake, which we talked about first, Wizkid recently collaborated with Sean Paul and he has something in the works with Chris Brown, Alicia Keys and a host of other international artistes.
Starboy is taking the world by storm in 2016.
7. One Africa Music fest performance
On July 23, 2016, as the first US edition of the One Africa Music Fest was held at the Barclays center in Brooklyn, New York, there were a lot of African superstars on the show.
But eyewitnesses say when Wizkid went on stage, the crowd went berserk. His performance was hailed the best of the night by many in attendance.