…By Henry George for TDPel Media.
Wizkid proudly showcases his dazzling diamond necklace, previously seen during his acclaimed performance at Glastonbury.
Adorned with various colored stones from around the world, the Afrobeats superstar, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, takes a moment backstage at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
He reveals his upcoming jewelry line, expressing his intention to redefine wealth and reinvent royalty.
Navigating the Path of the New Generation
Wizkid, in a media day to promote his upcoming sold-out world tour, emphasizes his focus on steering the new generation forward rather than dwelling on past judgments.
While he refrains from commenting on the return of historical diamonds to their original homes, he highlights his desire for progress, big moves, and spreading love, declaring, “We’re the kings now.”
Wizkid’s Musical Journey and Embracing Women
Raised by strong women and influenced by his upbringing, Wizkid attributes his music’s celebration of women to his understanding of their emotions.
With massive followings on Instagram and Spotify, as well as collaborations with prominent artists, he has bridged the Lagos sound with global pop stars.
His therapeutic music creates a fantasy-like atmosphere, while still addressing profound themes and the struggles faced by ordinary Nigerians.
The Power of Unity and Joy in Wizkid’s Music
Wizkid effortlessly brings together diverse crowds, evoking an intoxicating atmosphere of celebration and camaraderie.
Songs like “Mighty Wine” and “Soco” ignite the dance floor, encouraging people to raise each other’s spirits.
He also explores the theme of love and relationships, positioning himself as a new-age dance hall lothario.
Through his music, Wizkid aims to spread love, unity, and positivity, while providing an escape from political challenges.
The Influence of Fela Kuti and Wizkid’s Unique Perspective
As a fan of the late Nigerian artist Fela Kuti, Wizkid acknowledges the influence but asserts his own vision.
He sees his music as a medium for changing the world’s perception of Nigeria and Africa, advocating for self-love and love for others.
Although he refrains from delving into Nigerian politics, he believes in the power of music to uplift and bring smiles to people’s faces.
Music as Salvation and a Tribute to Motherhood
Wizkid recognizes the transformative power of music in his life and expresses gratitude for the opportunities it has provided him.
Growing up with strong women, including his mother, he credits them for shaping his perspective and fuels his desire to create music that celebrates women from all cultures.
As a father himself, he appreciates the patience and value of parenthood.
A Bright Future and the Celebration of Women
With his upcoming performance at the Tottenham Stadium, Wizkid looks forward to a promising future.
He views women as the embodiment of divine power and aims to make them feel good through his music.
While his career may have deviated from his mother’s initial aspirations, their relationship has evolved, and Wizkid has found his own path to success.
Wizkid plays at the Tottenham Stadium on July 29.