After failing two concerts, the famous Afrobeats singer, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, known professionally as Wizkid, was spotted in Cotonou with the son of the President of the Republic of Benin, Lionel Talon.
Recall that the singer did not show up for his concert in Accra scheduled for December 10, 2022.
Reports also circulated that he failed to show up for his concert in Abidjan, an incident which reportedly resulted in the arrest of his staff.
In a new video posted on social networks, the singer was seen traveling to Cotonou with the son of the President of the Republic of Benin.
Wizkid was captured rocking his recent cornrow hairstyle in the clip.
The singer is considered one of the greatest and most influential African artists of all time. He started recording music at the age of 11 and released a collaborative album with the Glorious Five (5), a band he and some church friends formed.
In 2009 Wizkid signed a record deal with Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment (EME). He later rose to the limelight after releasing “Holla at Your Boy”, the first single from his debut. studio album, Superstar (2011), which also spawned the singles “Tease Me/Bad Guys” and “Don’t Dull”.
In September 2014, he released the second self-titled studio album, Ayo. The album was supported by six singles, including the song “Jaiye Jaiye”. Wizkid left EME after his contract expired. In 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the single “One Dance”, which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in 14 additional countries.
The song broke multiple records, making Wizkid the first Afrobeats artist to appear on Guinness World Records. In March 2017, he signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records; and released their third studio album Sounds from the Other Side later that year. The album was supported by five singles, including “Come Closer” featuring Drake.
In 2018, it was featured on Normani and Calvin Harris’ song “Checklist,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart. The following year, he was featured on Beyoncé’s project The Lion King: The Gift on the single “Brown Skin Girl”, which also reached number one on the worldwide digital song sales chart and won him a Grammy Award from the best music video.
In October 2020, he released his fourth album, Made in Lagos, which received commercial success and acclaim, reaching number one on the Billboard World Album Chart.
The album includes the single “Essence” featuring Tems, which became the first Nigerian song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top ten after a remix released by Justin Bieber. Wizkid’s fifth album, More Love, Less Ego, was released on November 11, 2022.
As of February 2021, Wizkid was the most streamed Nigerian artist of all time on Spotify, with over 3.4 billion streams across all credits.