We’ve been willing to have music sensation, Ayodeji Balogun famously known as Wizkid respond to some issues, including the BET nomination, Pepsi deal and why he has not received his Headies car prize, but we didn’t succeed due to his busy schedules until that day, when the MOBO award winner stormed the venue coming straight from the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. We learnt Wizkid was coming from Beirut where he had gone for Pepsi commercial.
Just like his godfather (Banky W), the Azonto crooner was full of joy as he excitedly answered questions…
What can you say about the EME new recruits, Niyola and Shaydee?
I now have additional brother and sister, I am happy. First, Niyola is my girl and I have known her for long. I think the first time I met her was at the OJB studio. Shaydee is also like my brother. I met him in 2009 and I was even the one that suggested to Banky W to sign him on our label. My family is now the happiest one.
Tell us about the EME State of Mind album?
Empire Mates State of Mind album is the craziest, big shouts out to all the EME All-Stars. This is a compilation album from everybody in the team and it’s going to be crazy, trust me. Everybody actually put in something and I am happy to be part of history.
We learnt you just returned from the UK tour. How was the experience?
It was a crazy experience. We had an amazing performance, big shouts out to Banky W, Skales. We ignited Manchester City, it was a sold out tour and everybody came out to see us. It was another experience for me when I was presented with the plaque I won last year at the MOBO awards. It’s not by my power but God and then my fans. That’s why I won’t stop saying a big shout out to them.
You’ve been nominated for another international award, BET, alongside a fellow Nigerian artiste, Ice Prince. How does it feel?
I feel blessed. Again, big shout out to my fans because they have made it happened. I didn’t just get nominated for the award if not for my fans that made it real and all, big shout to God.
What are your expectations?
I will just go there and do my thing and I hope to get the award and if I do, I’ll be the youngest artiste in Africa to win BET. Besides, I don’t mind if they give us together (referring to Ice Prince) exactly the same way they gave 2Face and D’banj last year. But if they didn’t give me anything I won’t come home (jokingly). But seriously, I’m not singing to win an award rather to entertain my fans. So, if the award comes, it’s good and if I don’t win, I’ll continue doing good music. I’m not crazy about award.
Let’s talk about your Pepsi deal?
Yes. I am signed to Pepsi. I just came back from Beirut, for the commercial. We finished yesterday (Thursday, June 14, 2012) before I boarded a plane. I am coming straight from the airport to attend this special unveiling. Shout out to Pepsi for considering me worthy for the deal. I feel blessed and it means that I am being appreciated for all my effort.
What is your job as a Pepsi ambassador?
I drink Pepsi (smiles)
Let’s be serious. What do you do as Pepsi ambassador?
I just drink Pepsi (smiles again) and I have been drinking, like three crates of Pepsi (smiles continue), in a day. That’s my job and I have been paid to do that.
The organiser of Headies will be presenting you the car you won at last year’s awards in the next couple of days. What is your plan for it?
I am just waiting to get the car because I am giving it to my father. I want to collect it and give it to Alhaji Balogun. My father is waiting for the car already. Once I get the car key, I will drive it to his house and present him with the key (smiles).
This story was first published in Encomium Weekly edition of Tuesday, July 31, 2012