Wizkid and Burna Boy, Who has the Highest Awards?

Let us examine the top two male Nigerian artists, Burna Boy and Wizkid, to find out who has the highest awards. Both have taken Nigeria to the international scene and are doing well, but one has to be doing better, right?

We will look at their net worth, who is a better singer, who started music first, is older, and has the highest awards. These celebrated artists are dominating the African music industry. We are going to Judge who is the most talented amongst the two.

Wizkid and Burna Boy, who is older?

Burna Boy

Wizkid and Burna Boy, who is older
Wizkid and Burna Boy are agemates.

Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, best known as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He became famous in the music industry after releasing the hit single Like to Party in 2002. He was born on July 2, 1991, in Port Harcourt, River State, Nigeria.

Burna Boy comes from a humble family. His father, Samuel, managed a welding company. His mother, Bose, worked as a language translator.

The afrobeats musician dropped his sixth studio album, Love, Damini, in July 2022.


Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, professionally known as Wizkid, is a Nigerian songwriter and singer. In mid-2019, Wizkid had one of his shining moments after featuring in Beyonc√©’s Brown Skin Girl. 

Wizzy has been singing since he was a child. He was born July 16, 1990, in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. He gained prominence in 2011 after dropping the lead-single Holla at Your boy from his first studio album, Superstar.

Wizkid has been doing great in the music circle at home and abroad. He has bagged several awards, too many to list out. Burna Boy and Wizkid are age mates and are 31 years old. 

Wizkid and Burna Boy, Who started music first?

Both artists have been in the music industry for decades with many hit albums and singles. They have also worked with prominent artists from around the world.

After Burna Boy returned to Nigeria from Oxford Brookes University, he interned at Rhythm 93.7 FM for a year.

Burna Boy started to sing in 2010 and dropped his second mixtape, Burn Identity, in 2011. He later dropped his first studio album L.I.F.E on August 12, 2013.

Wizkid started to record music at age eleven. He collaborated with the Glorious Five, a group he formed with friends, on an album. He rose to the limelight after dropping a hit single, Holla at Your Boy, from his first studio album.

Wizkid started singing in 2001 before Burna Boy joined the music industry in 2010.

Wizkid and Burna Boy, Who is richer?

Wizkid and Burna Boy are both legendary Nigerian artists and songwriters. They both make good music and started to do music decades ago. These male singers have amassed great success in their music careers.

Burna Boy has an estimated net worth of US17 million, while Wizkid has a net worth pegged at US$21 million. From their estimated net worth, Wizkid is richer than Burna Boy.

How do Wizkid and Burna Boy Make Money?


There are many ways both artists earn themselves both fortune and popularity. At first, Wizkid started to sing to cater to himself and his siblings. However, it has grown to a multi-million naira investment. Wizkid makes money from:

  • from music
  • endorsements and deals he signs
  • Starboy Clothing Line
  • a record label, Starboy Entertainment
  • live performances in events

Burna Boy

The African Giant also makes money from music. He has made a name for himself through his music genre, a fusion of reggae, dancehall, afrobeat, pop, and rap. Burna Boy makes money from:

  • music profession.
  • endorsements and deals he signs.
  • modeling and brand ambassadorship
  • record label, Spaceship Entertainment
  • live performances and events

Wizkid and Burna Boy, who has the Highest Awards?

Wizkid and Burna Boy have received many local and international awards throughout their music career. They bagged many international awards because they have featured and collaborated with foreign music legends.

Both have earned global recognition and certificates from top brands.

Wizkid Awards

Wizkid Award and Recognitions
Wizkid Award
Total awards and nominations
  • 3Music Awards: one nomination, one win
  • Afro X Digital Awards: three nominations, three wins
  • African Entertainment Awards USA: twelve nominations, five wins
  • African Muzik Magazine Awards: nine nominations, two wins
  • AFRIMA: nineteen nominations, seven wins
  • African Pride Awards: one nomination, one win
  • American Music Awards: three nominations
  • Apple Music Awards: one nomination, one win
  • BET Awards: seven nominations, five wins 
  • BET Hip Hop Awards: one nomination
  • Billboard Music Awards: seven nominations, three wins
  • Channel O Music Video Awards: nine nominations, two wins
  • City People Entertainment Awards: seven nominations, two wins
  • Future Awards: one nomination, one win
  • Dynamix All Youth Awards: four nominations, three wins
  • Ghana Music Awards: eight nominations, two wins
  • Grammy Awards: four nominations, one win
  • iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards: one nomination, one win
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards: three nominations, two wins
  • Juno Awards: one nomination
  • Latin American Music Awards: one nomination 
  • LOS40 Music Awards: one nomination
  • MOBO Awards: six nominations, three wins
  • MTV Africa Music Awards: seven nominations, 3 pending
  • MTV Europe Music Awards: six nominations, two wins
  • MTV Video Music Awards: one nomination
  • Net Honours: four nominations, one win
  • NAACP Image Awards: four wins
  • Nigeria Entertainment Awards: twenty nominations, six wins
  • People’s Choice Awards: one nomination
  • Soul Train Music Awards: nine nominations, three wins
  • Soundcity MVP Awards: thirty-four nominations, four wins
  • Teen Choice Awards: one win
  • The Headies: sixty-two nominations, fourteen wins, ten pending 
  • World Music Award: four nominations
  • 4Syte TV Music Video Awards: thirteen nominations, two wins

Burna Boy Awards

Burna Boy awards and Recognitions
Burna Boy awards
Total awards and nominations
  • South Music Awards: one win
  • Nigeria Entertainment Awards: two nominations, one win
  • The Headies: fourteen nominations, two wins
  • MTV Africa Music Awards: one nomination
  • Soundcity MVP Awards Festival: ten nominations, seven wins
  • BET Awards: two nominations, two wins
  • Brit Awards: two nominations, two wins
  • MTV Europe Music Awards: one nomination, one win
  • African Muzik Magazine Awards: seven nominations, two wins
  • All Africa Music Awards: two nominations, two wins
  • Edison Award: one nomination, one win
  • MOBO Awards: one nomination, one win
  • Net Honours: four nominations
  • Grammy Awards: three nominations, one win

Take Away

Burna Boy and Wizkid represent Nigeria in the global market for Afro music. Both legendary musicians have had many local and international awards like Grammy. They have also collaborated with top international artists like Beyonce.

Though Burna Boy gained massive international recognition in 2019, many claims his success outshined Wizkid’s overall achievements.

Wizkid has been nominated 279 times for many awards and received 80 of them. Burna Boy has been nominated 47 times and won 23 of them.

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