On the 12th of June 2011, Wizkid’s maiden studio album “Superstar” dropped, making yesterday, June 12, 2021, the 10th anniversary of the project that made Wizzy a superstar. To celebrate the occasion, the singer and songwriter featured in a documentary where he highlighted the experiences that shaped Wizkid the son, musician, the brand, and the father.
Speaking in the documentary posted via Star Boy TV on YouTube, Wizkid recalled how he worshipped both in the mosque and church because his dad is a Muslim, and his mother is a Christian. He also discussed his love for his kids, sharing his views on fatherhood and how he talks to his son every day. Wizzy didn’t finish the interview without mentioning Banky W- the boss that gave him his big break. Banky also featured in the interview.
Speaking to the interviewer, Banky’s contribution to the documentary wasn’t any revelations. It was another recount of the Wizkid success story; the grace that followed a young boy from the streets of Surulere determined to succeed at music against all odds. While Banky had a major part to play in that success, he’s never let it overshadow how Wizkid worked to get to his superstardom.
Other contributors to the documentary include legendary comedian Ali Baba, Yemi Kuti, Terri, WBO champion Anthony Joshua who talked about getting inspired by Wizkid’s “Ojuelegba,” Femi Kuti, and legendary comedian Basketmouth who recounted how awed he was when Wizkid didn’t need to write the hook of a Basketmouth song and rather made a great hook by freestyling over the beat, although that song was never released. (Why, Basketmouth? You hoarder of good things!).
Wizkid was already gaining a cult following before he made his full debut, but “Superstar” proved he was no fluke, no one hit wonder. Despite having several hit singles making the rounds on radio and in street corners at the time, “Superstar” was refreshingly packed with a variety of new songs. To some persons like me, there’s been no better Wizkid album.