How Wizkid Became The Greatest Of Them All

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A Nigerian Twitter user has taken to the social media platform to write in bits how Wizkid became the greatest amongst his peers.

The user goes by the ID, @JrAnthoony_. You can see what he wrote below:

Wizkid’s breathtaking performance to a sold out show at London’s 5,272 capacity Royal Albert Hall is to be proud of the superstar. September 28th was a huge moment, an important one, and existed to reintroduce Wizkid to the world, as a bonafide superstar in every ramification.

Wizkid had claimed this superstar title as far back as 2010, as a 18yr old, putting out his debut mainstream record. He marketed his wares beyond the shores of Nigeria by signing an international recording deal with RCA, putting out his 3rd album “Sounds From The Otherside”.

Wizkid has always been a confident performer, as his vocals alone on a track can, in many cases, be the one element that ensures the single gets a second listen from music consumers. A verse from Wizkid is enough to take a song mainstream.

And who can blame him? Wizkid comes from the second generation of contemporary Nigerian music, a culture where dedication to stagecraft comes second to churning out hit singles, booking multi-night events and signing endorsement deals. He has done his fair share of all that.

Having a discography as massive as Wizkid does, with virtually every song an inescapable anthem across this side of the continent, it has been easy for Wizkid to sing through with live audiences.

In September 2006, American rapper JAY-Z was lured from retirement to headline the Hall’s first hip-hop concert. Eleven years later and a similar honour was extended to WIZKID to headline the first Afrobeats concert via the Royal Albert Hall.

Comparing Wizkid to Fela might be going overboard, unnecessary and maybe even disrespectful, but a closer peep into the Wizkid’s career suggests that should present momentum be sustained, Wizkid is indeed into something significant.

He has leaped beyond his peers in terms of seeking out new audiences and has definitely outdone contemporary Afrobeat/soul pioneers like Asa, 2baba Idibia, D’banj and P-Square.

No other Nigerian, living or deceased can make a claim to scoring a Billboard chart-topper, selling out Royal Albert Hall, whopping 15 countries including in the United States where One Dance was number one for a total of ten non-consecutive weeks.

Wizkid has 3 Billboard Music awards, 2 BET trophies, 2 MOBO awards, 2 iHeartRadio Music awards, 1 MTV Music Europe trophy, 1 NAACP Image awards and many more.

His forebearers and contemporaries have also seen success in these awards but mostly limited to the African categories.