Fans celebrate World Wizkid Day
Although iconic Nigerian singer, Ayo Balogun better known as Wizkid, was born on July 16, 1990, his teeming fans have taken to Twitter to celebrate World Wizkid Day.
A former United States governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, had declared October 6 as Wizkid Day in 2018, citing several historic feats achieved by the artiste across the World; but his fans have declared February 4, as a day set aside to celebrate the singer.
A fan page, @TeamWizkidFc wrote on Twitter, “Every FEBRUARY 4 was set aside to celebrate the KING of Afrobeat @wizkidayo for his greatness and contribution to the development of Africa music at large. #WorldWizkidDay Red heartEagle.”
The singer has been trending on Nigeria Twitter as his fans have thronged the social media platform to celebrate the Starboy.
A Twitter user, @Atose_Muhd noted that for ten years, Wizkid has held sway in the Nigerian music industry. He tweeted, “Wizkid came to the industry over 10years ago, marked his legendary status in 2012, today Feb 4th he’s still the greatest to ever do it #WorldWizkidDay.”
@iam_daymoo claims that Wizkid has inspired every artiste in Nigeria. “Wizkid has inspired every artist in Nigeria and some part of Africa and the world… God bless you king #WorldWizkidDay,” the user tweeted.
A lady with the Twitter handle, @antigravitylite, wrote a thread on how the singer has inspired her in life.
She wrote, “U see this man here @Wizkidayo is the reason I came to Twitter. Not cos he’s a crush but bcos his story is a great inspiration. How a young man can have a global dream and not just have it but work tirelessly to achieve it. He’s got it all but still low key.#WorldWizkidDay. He is one reason I started playing Nigeria songs. He has proved anything is achievable if you dare it. I learnt teamwork just seeing how he run shows with his team. How he carefully selected a team of matured minds is something worth emulating.
“I learnt how to be unmoved no matter what people say or do to u. Not an easy one but I’m still a work in progress. His humility is second to none and people who don’t know him mistake it for pride. He became a legend before 30 leaving a blueprint for young dreamers to pattern on. God bless Wizkid. Enjoy this day and more, encapsulated with favour and blessings. Continue to be an inspiration and always surprise your critics with more success.”
As for @ItzGentlesam, he shared that Wizkid changed his life. “@wizkidayo change my life through his music, been a fan since day 1, he started music, but I don’t care about his privacy. Tomorrow in the future, I hope I can tell how the influence and change my life when I get the fame and the money.”
In his career that spans about a decade, the 30-year-old has made some landmark achievements. According to @StatsWizkid, here are some of Starboy’s achievements to date.
“Wizkid became the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the 2018 Guinness World Records for his contribution to ‘One Dance’. The song, One Dance has the Guinness World Record as the most played song on Spotify with over 1 billion streams. He became the first African artist to sell out and perform as a headliner at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He sold out the hall in 72 hours and his performance at the show was one of the most iconic performances at the event.
“The artiste became the first African artiste to shut down 02 in 2017 and then the Afrorepublik show a year later. The 20,000 capacity Afrorepublik hall was filled to the bream with fans from all over the world cheering and supporting the great star.
“Wizkid was the youngest African Artiste to get a Grammy nomination at the age of 26. This he got from his contributions to Drake’s album, views which he co-produced. Also, Starboy became the First Nigerian artist to win the prestigious American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). This he got for the lyrics he wrote for Drake’s ‘One Dance’.
“Starboy became the First Nigerian artist to win the prestigious American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). This he got for the amazing lyrics he wrote for Drake’s ‘One Dance’. Wizkid’s “Come Closer” featuring Drake broke records as it became the first song by an African artist to hit the YouTube “million views” mark in a day,” the Twitter user wrote.