More often than not Wizkid and Davido have been pit against each other unconsciously or otherwise, that is true because they are the biggest music stars out of Nigeria and out of Africa without mincing words! The rivalry between the two lives on, even though both artists buried whatever beef they shared last year in an epic manner that left fans a little shocked. The real truth is that Wizkid and Davido sort of have a healthy competition to be better between each other.
Wizkid with birth name Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun began his music career professionally in 2009 when he signed with EME which makes him about 8 years plus strong in the game. During his nearly a decade long career, the Starboy has challenged status quo, broken records and set new ones too. Besides 2Baba, he is one of the most decorated Nigerian artist alive and he is only 27 years old.
Although the Star Boy Entertainment boss, is having a nice time living his dreams, somehow, Davido is giving him a reason not to slack or feel too relaxed. David Adeleke is matching his doings step by step. The “Dami Duro” crooner has been so good at stepping up to Wizzy folks liken them as Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Nigerian music.
Here are all the times Davido gave Wizkid a good run for his money.
Record Label Bosses – Wizkid started out as an artist under Banky W’s EME music imprint. A few years later in 2012, Wizkid set his sails and cruised to become his own boss, Star Boy Entertainment was born. Same story goes for Davido who began under HKN and proceeded to found his record label Davido Music Worldwide. Both Star Boy and DMW are doing great!
International Music Deals & Signings – Wizkid soon realized he wasn’t going to settle as a local champion so he moved up to conquer bigger territories. He got hinged with Disturbing London and subsequently landed a recording deal with American music company RCA. In Davido’s case, the “Aye” crooner actually secured a music recording deal with Sony & RCA before Wiz.
Music Awards – One this level Wizkid and Davido are toe-to-toe with each other. Perhaps there is only a slight edge one may have over the other. However, on all major awards Davido has been able to match Wizkid, from Headies “Next Rated”, BET (each winning twice) MTV EMA, MOBO etc.
International Collaborations – Both artists are the biggest music export out of Naija and Africa. They’ve both bagged several international collaborations with global music stars like Chris Brown, TY Dolla $ign, David Craig, Sean Kingston, Meek Mill, Drake etc. A lot more still coming.
Jewelries & Jet Life – the Starboy and OBO without much research wear the most expensive jewelries and designer outfits by an Nigerian music star. Wizkid wears a lot of ice on his neck, wrists and fingers. Davido is also known for his la vida loca lifestyle, expensive watches, chains and flying private jets. In showing off luxury, Wizkid has only Davido has a real competition.
Kids & Baby Mamas – Even up personal issues like this, Wizkid and Davido are involuntarily pit against each other. Wizkid has three kids from three baby mamas, Davido follows closely with two kids from two baby mamas. Those it get any better with these two?
Endorsements – Wizkid has been able to bag endorsements from MTN, Pepsi and other top brands. Mr OBO is not left out, he has been an MTN ambassador, still with Pepsi, has deals with Dunes, Infinix, Axe etc.
Social Media Followings – social media followings show how much of an influence one is able to exert. Wizkid and Davido have the most social media followership in the country. Wizkid commands 4.2 million followers on Twitter and 5.4 million on Instagram bringing the number to 9.6 followers. While Davido edges him on social media followership, he leads 3.9 million on Twitter and 6.8 million followers on Instagram, the highest for any Nigerian celebrity. In total it’s 10.7 followers for him.