Ayodeji Balogun, widely recognized by his stage name Wizkid, didn't just become a music sensation overnight. His journey to stardom is a tale of determination, talent, and hard work.
Wizkid's break came in 2009 when he signed with Banky W's Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) record label. Wizkid's debut album, "Superstar," released in 2011, was a massive success, featuring hits like "Holla at Your Boy" and "Tease Me/Bad Guys." He quickly gained recognition in the Nigerian music scene, and his popularity extended internationally.
Over the years, Wizkid continued to release hit after hit, earning accolades and awards in abundance. His music, often described as a blend of Afrobeat, reggae, and hip-hop, resonated with audiences worldwide.
Now, as we fast forward to 2023, Wizkid announced on Sunday an extended break from music. The announcement of his pause comes after a significant personal loss; his mother passed away on August 18, 2023.
Wizkid said he plans to step away from music for a significant four-year period to pursue living life to the max. However, many have speculated that his decision to take a break from music may be related to his ongoing process of grieving the loss of his mother.
Wizkid's temporary exit from the music scene will leave a creative gap, especially in the Afrobeat and global music genres. However, with Wizkid taking a break, up-and-coming talents in the Afrobeat and Nigerian music industry may have a chance to gain more recognition and attention and open up opportunities for other artists to headline events. Yet, it wouldn't be pleasant news for Wizkid's fans, brand collaborators, and music labels, RCA Records/Sony Music International.
Wizkid's decision to take an extended break from the music scene raises some intriguing questions and concerns, especially in the Nigerian music industry. Historically, artists who embark on extended breaks in Nigeria often face a challenging road when they attempt a comeback. The ever-evolving music landscape continually introduces new talents and genres, making it hard for artists to regain their previous standing.
Typically, when these artists return, many of their fans have moved on to embrace fresh sounds and emerging talents. It's a competitive environment, and staying relevant in the hearts of fans is a demanding task.
However, given Wizkid's exceptional talent, international acclaim, and strong connection with his audience, there is hope that he can make a triumphant return and reclaim his place not just in the hearts of fans in Nigeria but worldwide. If anyone can defy this trend and return to the top, it's Wizkid. His unique blend of music and infectious charisma have endeared him to fans across the globe, which may work in his favor when he eventually makes his comeback.