Wizkid has broken many boundaries in his time and his seismic success sees him continue to bulldoze more.
With a decade’s worth of hits under his belt, the Nigerian superstar isn’t resting on his laurels. Instead, he’s blazing forward and establishing fresh wins with anthems that are defining the times.
The summer’s inescapable scorcher fuelled the Starboy’s intensified shine, carried him into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time as the lead act, was certified Platinum, and birthed a budding star in fellow Nigerian performer Tems (who featured on the track).
Now, on the eve of three sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena, Wizkid appears in British Vogue and muses
On What Led To ‘Made In Lagos’
“Being away from Nigeria and my family for so long brought me to my darkest point. That’s why I feel this album means the same thing to me as it does to a lot of other people – it really helped me through a tough time,” he says. It was only earlier this year that the singer was finally able to return home and introduce Zion to Boluwatife, his 10-year-old son from a previous relationship, for the first time. “To see the two of them playing together, that almost made me cry. It was a blessing.”
On Being ‘Made In Lagos’:
“There are no amount of words I can put together to make you understand what Lagos is, to explain the hustle, or the political injustice, the strength of the people or the number of amazing creatives. To fully understand it, you have to experience it for yourself. Go to Lekki, go to Ojuelegba [a particularly vibrant area of Wizkid’s neighborhood], go to the clubs and you’ll see what the music does to the people.
I’m unapologetically Nigerian, I’m unapologetically Lagosian, and that’s something I’ve stuck to from the beginning of my career. And when I say I’m here for my people, I mean it.”
On How His Foundation Fuels His Hustle:
“I know there is a saying that if you make it New York, you can make it anywhere, but sh*t, that’s a lie. If you can make it in Lagos, you can make it anywhere. And I’m living proof.”
More power to him.