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Is Wizkid Africa’s Next Superstar?

Posted by Tyler on August 8, 2015 in Editorial · 97 Comments


Sometime in February, I wrote an article titled “Dear Wizkid, Your Star Is Falling” well, I now recognise how wrong I was at that point. Not only has Wizkid’s star not fallen, it has soared!

It’s no longer news that African music is enjoying a re- emergence on the global music scene. More and more international record companies are doing business with African artists. A recent example is music mogul Jay Z and his Tidal music service. Jay sent a top executive from his company to meet with some Nigerian record labels to develop a partnership that will lead to more exposure for Nigerian music. This simply proves the earlier stated fact.

With all this going on, one must recognise the efforts of Wizkid in taking the African sound to more and more homes abroad. In a short while, the Ojuelegba crooner has scored major collaborations with the likes of Drake, Chris Brown, Skepta and allegedly Rihanna. Swizzbeatz and Alicia Keys shared videos of themselves dancing to his music. And it seems the Starboy boss is not done. He continually teases via his social media accounts that he has more work with other stars in the pipeline.

Let’s not forget that Wizkid is not the first musician to get accolades for his music abroad, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N’dour and King Sunny Ade have done their part in promoting our sound but in modern times, Wizkid is the leader of a new school of artists who are steadily gaining ground in the international market. Others in this group include Ghana’s Fuse ODG, South African bands Die Antwoord and Mi Casa, Nigeria’s Asa, Davido and surprisingly, Timaya.

Even though Femi Kuti has been nominated in the Best World Music Album category at the Grammy’s a couple of times, Wizkid may be the one to bring this award home to Nigeria. It’s also not a bad idea if a Grammy award category was created for African music.

At this point, Wizzy’s major competition should be Davido but the Aye crooner’s album that features Wale and Trey Songz is yet to drop and the video for his single Fans Mi which features Meek Mill has been bashed by almost everyone for promoting the ‘drug culture’ which is a no go area for Nigerians and other Africans. Also, Meek’s losing battle with Drake does not help Davido’s cause too.

I just hope Wizkid does not rest on his oars following the recognition he’s gotten for his recent achievements. He should build on the recognition he’s gotten and help African music attain better heights.


This article was written by ‘Bisola Alawode. ‘Bisola is a journalist and PR consultant. He can be reached via his email address

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  1. I wouldnt Expect anything less form wizkid…..

  2. wizkid is a young legend

  3. Trash! And who told y’all Meek has lost to Drake?.. Wizkid is big no doubt.. But you always compare him to Davido? He would be the one to bring back the Grammy’ (When he isn’t even recognized in Africa “Award wise”)


      • point of correction he isn’t losing…. he has lost í ½í¸?í ½í¸? and wizkid is a legend í ½í¹?í ½í¹?

    • wizkid is taking ova #wu d fu*k is David crackd voice boy #wizzzy we dy go to my huz togada mk we carry go,nev 4gt d mata

    • Because africans don’t recognise good music

    • do u think dey buy Grammy award like MAMA. davido knows his limit

  4. He will bring grammy home

  5. Ofcourse he is

  6. Wizkid is the best right now nd forever #teamstarboy

  7. He will surely bring grammy home

  8. Yess he will buh Davido has bin and wld be d best in Africa for d rest 2yrs of hiz carier…#Fact..b4 starboi

    • Baba, you dey predict gaaan ooo, when you go die?

      • Hahhahaha

      • I can’t just stp lafin to dis ur question…..wen u go die ?

      • I have never dropped a comment here before but this dude just made me to…I couldn’t but laugh at this killer-question “na when you go die?”….ha I fear naija pipu o…so interesting,ever ready#lol

  9. hmm

  10. Guy I belt u Wizz is d best in Africa 4 now either u agreed or u live it wizzy 4 life carry gooohhhhh

  11. You all must mad for this article, or are you talking about another wizkid, cos the one i know is dumb.

    • anyone who badmouths wizkid is surely a goat

  12. Wiskid will do wat most Nigeria hav tried nd failed..well for those who thinks he will nt bring Grammy home watch out

  13. Sori dis article is pure trash…ur point isn’t realli stated.

  14. dis z shit

  15. shit talk

  16. Yeah ma wizkid will bring grammy home

  17. 4 Sure my nigga is gonna come home wit a Grammy award some day ND dat day is near…#starboy#Number 1

  18. 4 sure my nigga is gonna come home wit a Grammy award some day ND dat day is near…#starboy#Number 1.

  19. I love this guy

  20. Long life wizzy

  21. Wizzy U are a joy to africans

  22. Don’t talk about boys when men exist….

  23. True Talks..Ba Karya-LOL Fans Mi Loosing Out To Ojuelegba

  24. Wizkid is d best in africa anytime any day

  25. Wizkid ddidnt go n look for collabo with akon,drake,skepta,alicia keys chrisbrown they jump on his song on their own out of the love they hav for him his doin his tin d world is speaking for him every day wizzy is the best

    • Lolzzzz.. Chris Brown jump on it with over a billion naira wizzy paid him… Awon too jump.. Alicia too jumb…jay z go fly niyen…or Rihanna.. Abeg go Sabi… D guy wey no fi win ordinary MTV award.. Na Grammy go con collect m…

    • U just gave us trash comment. If I hear say dey jump_fly ni

      • This is why we are where we are in dis industry. U want to win d Grammies with dis noise u call music. Wizkid is so talented and dat’s why it breaks my heart he can and should do better with his music. That he’s a star is not doubt but he’s not winnin’ anytime soon. Not with this type of music, no sir.

        • If u call ojuelegba noise den u don’t knw music sorry to say

    • Is that so? I’m assumin’ u’re his manager. Right?

  26. Wizkid is d best d talent and patience

  27. I love wizkid like d way i love my songs , dis is my number to call my songs listenin party is cumin soon thank ui 08100987656

  28. If na d wizkid way we all no….lolz dat 1 na dump bcos he didn’t understand music he just jump on 1 bit and repeat song like mad person shey him no day c as olamide day write lyrics ni? Chai I don’t even no d reason wetin dat mumu wizkid sabi sing

    • Olamide…. Writes lyric? ahahhaahahahahh…. Biggest joke

  29. If na d wizkid way we all no….lolz dat 1 na dump bcos he didn’t understand music he just jump on 1 bit and repeat song like mad person shey him no day c as olamide day write lyrics ni? Chai I don’t even no d reason wetin dat mumu wizkid sabi sing..

  30. read your first post about wizkid and am very happy that you enemy of progress have started to eat your own dirty words against wizkid.stupid,broke,lazy,jobless journalist of for my starboy wizzy,just keep on making we your diehard fans proud,not some senseless bisola alawode who call himself journalist.#teamwizkid.

  31. I got Nothing to say to them Haters! Coz
    Wiz is Big!!!
    Wiz is Strong!!!
    Wiz is courageous!!!
    Wiz is Talented +
    Wiz is Talent Himself!!!
    Wiz is Hardworking!!!
    Wiz is Rich!!!
    Wiz is Humble!!!
    Wiz is Silent!!!
    Wiz is Patient….!!!
    It would be disrespectful to compare or even mention that GFN spoilt brat (OBO) when ever Wiz is being talked about!
    My bro is a legend! He’s worked hard for errtin y’all see now… God don catch this writer coz He (GOD) is neva asleep, let dem talk..
    Let them hate
    Let them comment/write/publish waheva they Like…
    #WhoGodDonBless #LetNoManCurse
    I rest my case!!!

  32. Wizkid is already a superstar nd so it shall contiNue

  33. Crazy post wen did wizkid win award last

    #Davido is d best

  34. U re nut just stupid buh foolish @KING ..can u compare Olamide wif wizkid, Olamide dah can nut sing wif English,Wizkid is d best in Africa take it or hung ur self bitch ass haters..

  35. wizkid is good but davido is better than him. davido has brought more than one award and wizkid nothing.

  36. wizkid is good but davido is better than him. davido has brought more than one award and wizkid nothing.

  37. Wizkid is just d best either u guys like it or not

  38. Actually i think i will say yes that he is the next super star to watch

  39. only if he continues like this bur if he pur pride too much he’s gonna fail soon

  40. Wizkid is doing pretty well no doubt,but ur article could have been better if u gave Dbanj props as well cus dude pave ways 4 dis new generation, lastly why taking shade @davido. NB: dear tooxclusive ur site would hv been better but u keep doing shit

  41. Star boy 4 LIFE!!

  42. May God bless u ‘Bisola awolade’ 4 this article! If u remember vividly wen u said wizkid losing I sent u a comment which says dat ‘only wiz has d potential to go worldwide’ d guy is so talented d funny thing is dat he has’nt shown his full potentail yet. I can’t help but say he is so talented!!! If u ve been in d studio wit him b4 u will understand wat I am saying. WIZ can turn a trash beat in2 a solid hit!! D guy is just something else. I am not gonna take sides but I hate d fact wen people compare Davido to WIZLION or WIZKING I am gonna make dis strate Davido is talented very talented wen it comes to music unlike wizkid who is born to be sing!!!so music is just wizkid thing or his field!!! Till 2moro wen u hear wizkid 1st album and some of his old freestyle u would no his still has more to offer. See its s not easy to be able to flow on reage but I no WIZ would flow on any beat in dis world. I thank u TOOXCLUSIVE 4 dis platform I would be grateful if u can showcase dis comment to d world *plsss* God bless u all….ff@Bestboymiki fb@mikel roy omoh.

  43. Your confused…

  44. Star boy i love u,but i lyk olamide pass u

  45. U all are nt Crious about wah u are saying…..DAVIDO is better dan dis Guy call WIZKID…TeamHKN..

  46. WizLion #Gbozaaa you are from the spirit world.4get African comments!

  47. obo

  48. May God bless this young soul cos his going higher…. I Love u Ayo

  49. Wizkid Is the Boss

  50. Wizkid is a good guy, Nice songs buh to those who think he is gon bring grammy home keep dreaming cus he doesn’t have that kinda thing…..he don du in best give una….no expect anymore tricks….

  51. While I was glancing through the comment of this page, someone said the reason why wizkid wasn’t giving an award in Africa was because Africa doesn’t recognise good music……… You said it all, wizkid is the best thereof, I know he’s heading somewhere……… But as for now he’s Still rocking his expensive shit……. Davido is never a comparation to wizkid, wizkid is just way too much

  52. Wizkid is a light he willl shine and reflect to the others just wishes wizzy good luck that he will bring down thw Grammy home in case of any question pls call or whatsapp me 08112047111

  53. surely he we be the one to bring it home #teamstarboy #yaga

  54. 2 NEA awards congrats ..WizKid

  55. Omo see gobe ooo as davido talk em…. Lolzz wizkid is best no be for mouth, i remember wizzy first single itz waz d hit of nija… All dis nigga wen dey talk nonsense for here i hope say yhu neva chop ukwobi…. Lolllzzz mak una live wizkid for head he win award he no win oooooo wizkid go still see food chop and wentin dey vex me be say una wen dey talk neva release one single mak una see as e hard….. To be a star is nt a day job if yhu tick say e eazy oya sing mak chris Brown like ur song lollzzz even radio no go play em even davido kwn say wizkid dey kill music so as una dey here dey talk abt dem dem fit dey for one coner dey enjoy dere self and we dey here dey kill ourself…. Even if wizkid carry d world award ooooooo e one con give yhu small share d answer na no so live dem abeg go be ur own star mak dem still talk abt yhu…… Lollzzz

  56. Wizkid oooooohhhh i wan still be star abeg ah dey sing wella am talented just like yhu Lolllzzz abeg come sigh me for ur record lebel ooooooo here is ma number 09031269992 LOVE YHU WIZZY

  57. Song na song weather e sweet or nt after all nija no dey like beta song…. Abeg wizzy anyfin wen enter ur mouth sing em na inspiration Lolllzzz, if dem like dem give yhu award dem no give yhu, I still love yhu, abeg ooo wizzzy mak yhu and davido still bring out d song wen una say una wan bring huh… I don wait tire

  58. Abeg guyz am signin out, tankz for dis chat abeg mak una mak d world see em, tankz to ur comment, yhu can watsapp me @09031269992 ah still remain Anitablinkz ur up comin star love y”all #wizzy God bless ur music and i love to make a collabor wit yhu and many more star!!!!!! Cofami

  59. Anonymous na wowww for yhu oooo davido be no dey pay yhu ooo dis one wen yhu wan die Lolllzzz laff wan kill me abeg go chop shawama mak u remember say davido no kwn yhu Lolllzzz

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