Nigerian singer Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, better known by his stage name Wizkid, has been receiving encomiums from prominent Nigerians like President Muhammed Buhari, Goodluck Jonathan, Atiku Abubakar other fans for making the country proud on his recent MOBO Awards, where he emerged Best International Act.
Wizkid defeated Jay-Z, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and others to clinch the best international artiste award.
In appreciation, he wrote on his social media page, “Big up the whole @MOBOAwards family for the love! this one is important for Africa! Blessings and love forever.
“Africa moving up! Jah bless!
“Wizkid Fc go so hard! Awon militant! Lol Love una die! 2018 dem go hear am!
Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday congratulated (WizKid) and David Adedeji Adeleke (Davido), on their awards at the Music of Black Origin.
The President joined the teeming fans of the artistes in Nigeria and all over the world in celebrating the recognition, which saw WizKid winning “International Best Artiste’’ award, while Davido picked the “Best African Act’’.
The statement read in part, “The President affirms that both singers have showcased the rich talents in the country, and brought pride to the nation through their many songs and performances, commending their dedication, hard work and charity works.
“President Buhari also calls on the upwardly mobile artistes to be cautious and mindful of likely distractions to their careers, urging WizKid and Davido to serve as ambassadors of the country and role models to upcoming musicians.”
The former president Goodluck Jonathan took to his Facebook page to express joy over Wizkid’s win. His congratulatory message read, “When Nigeria does well, I cannot help but feel well. My happiness is tied to the happiness of Nigeria and when Nigerians break records and take the name of Nigeria to greater heights, it exhilarates me. Thank you, Wizkid for raising Nigeria’s flag high for the positive, not the negative. Your emergence as the Best International Act at the #MOBOAwards is a proud moment for Nigeria. And the fact that you emerged over JAY-Z and Drake makes it even more celebratory. WELL DONE. GEJ.”
On his part, Ben Bruce took to one of his social media accounts to say, “Dear @wizkidayo, I‘ve been in the entertainment business as an investor since 1980 and one of my proudest moments for Nigerian music is the day you defeated both Jayz and @Drake, two of the biggest stars in the world, to win the Best international Act at the #MOBOAwards. Well done.”
Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, also congratulated both stars via his official Twitter handle. He tweeted, “My young friend, Wizkid @wizkidayo beat(s) other big international artistes to win one of the world’s biggest music awards. Congratulations! I hear young David O won too. Very good day for Nigeria.”