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Apple Music Awards - Wizkid Wins Artist of the Year (Africa) 

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 7:42pm

By Jude Chukwuemeka

'Made in Lagos' makes him the most-streamed African artist on the continent on Apple Music

Afrobeats superstar, Wizkid has taken home Artist of the Year (Africa) at the third annual Apple Music Awards.

He is one of the five regional artists that benefited from Apple's recognition. There are Aya Nakamura (France), OFFICIAL HIGE DANDISM (Japan), RIN (Germany), Scriptonite (Russia), and Wizkid (Africa).

In his humble acceptance speech, Wizkid uttered: “Thank you to Apple Music for this award,” Wizkid said. “It’s a blessing to get to do what I do, and I’m proud to be representing for Africa.”

Wizkid is one of Africa’s biggest crossover acts, having worked with Drake, Skepta, and Chris Brown, among others. 

The Nigerian musician first found regional success in 2011 with the massively popular single 'Holla at Your Boy,' which appeared on his debut album, 'Superstar.' 

He went global in 2016 after his collaboration with Drake on 'One Dance,' which soared to the top of the charts in 15 countries. 

Also, in 2019 and 2020, he featured in Beyoncé’s projects 'The Lion King: The Gift' and 'Black Is King. 

'Made in Lagos', his critically acclaimed and most commercially successful album was released in October 2020, which included his hit song 'Essence,' a track that gained 125 million plays on Apple Music and over 2.8 million Shazams. 

'Made in Lagos' makes him the most-streamed African artist on the continent on Apple Music and ranked on the Daily Top 100 charts in 60 countries, according to Apple. 

His monthly plays on Apple Music grew by more than 250 percent outside of Africa. He’s also been featured on Apple Music’s Today’s Hits and R&B Now playlists, and he’s a frequent guest on Apple Music Radio shows, including “Africa Now Radio,” “The Ebro Show,” “New Music Daily with Zane Lowe,” and “OVO SOUND RADIO.”

Right now, he is still busy thrilling his fans at the O2 Arena in London.

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