Nigerian music icon Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, widely known as Wizkid, is currently in a state of mourning following the passing of his cherished mother, Mrs. Jane Dolapo Balogun.
The heartbreaking news was reported on Friday, August 18, 2023, revealing that Mrs. Balogun passed away in the early hours of the morning in London.
While the specifics surrounding her passing remain unclear, it is confirmed that she left us.
A Mother’s Profound Impact
Wizkid, a global sensation renowned for his contributions to the Afrobeats genre, has consistently emphasized the pivotal role his mother played in both his life and career.
Throughout various interviews, he has often spoken fondly of her as his biggest supporter and source of inspiration.
Mrs. Balogun’s influence served as a strong foundation in Wizkid’s life, and her departure has unquestionably left a significant void in the artist’s world.
Outpouring of Condolences
The news of Mrs. Balogun’s passing has reverberated across the entertainment landscape, not only in Nigeria but also internationally.
Fans, fellow artists, and colleagues from the industry have taken to social media platforms to express their sympathies and stand by Wizkid and his family during this difficult period.
The overwhelming display of affection and messages of support underscore the profound respect and deep affection that both fans and peers share for Wizkid and his family.
*”Rest in peace Mama Ayodeji. Your mother would be incredibly proud of your achievements.”*
The Industry Unites in Grief
The Nigerian entertainment sector is rallying around Wizkid during this heartrending time.
Prominent figures from music, film, and media have publicly extended their condolences, highlighting the collective sense of loss felt throughout the industry.
Mrs. Balogun’s significance transcended her role as the mother of one of Africa’s most prominent music stars; she symbolized the nurturing spirit that propelled the Afrobeats genre onto the global stage.
Respecting the Family’s Privacy
As news continues to circulate, there is a growing call from fans and industry insiders alike for the public and media to honor Wizkid and his family’s privacy as they navigate this deeply painful phase.
Losing a loved one, particularly a parent, is a profoundly intimate and sensitive matter.
Many are urging for empathy and space to be extended to Wizkid and his family as they come to terms with their loss.
In these somber moments, the world stands alongside Wizkid in grieving the departure of a beloved mother and unwavering supporter.
Mrs. Jane Dolapo Balogun’s love and influence will persist, continuing to resonate through her son’s music and the indomitable spirit she instilled within him.