Nigerian superstar singer, Ayodeji Balogun popularly known as Wizkid, has narrated his grace to grass story and how he struggled to make it in the music industry.
In a recent interview with Vanguard Newspaper, Wizkid shared the struggles he faced as an upcoming musician and how he made his first N250,000 from a show.
The 29-year-old star said getting paid the N250,000 and when he was still struggling was a very big deal for him. He added that receiving the money pushed him to believe he could actually make money in millions if he gave his best in his music.
Wizkid also said in the interview that he came from nothing, chased his passion and is reaping the fruits of his labour today.
“I can never forget. The first big money I ever collected was N250,000; I was so excited. I remember that after I touched that money, I told my partner at that time; ‘Bro, we started this music hustle with nothing, now we are able to make N250,000. If we are able to really make this kind of money, I think we can touch a million US Dollars’.
I am happy to say that today, we are getting more than one million US Dollars. I don’t remember what I bought with the money in the first place. But I definitely know that I took some money back home to my mother. That’s one of the first things I did.”
On how he has managed to transit from a struggling musician to one of the most sought after entertainers in Africa commanding huge performance fees, Wizkid said:
“I think that in my generation a lot of kids are not financially literate. I started touching a lot of money when I was 19. I learnt back then that as a young boy, you’re are bound to spend money on things you don’t need.
But I also learnt to know what was important and deserved to be spent money on. Over the years, I have been able to become smarter with my money. I learnt to sort the things I don’t need from the things that are important. Basically, I learnt to spend money on things that will keep me here for a real long time.”