Wizkid’s new album More Love, Less Ego banks on a familiar formula

By Shingai Darangwa
Posted on Friday, 18 November 2022 16:18, updated on Monday, 21 November 2022 15:18

Fans of Nigerian pop star Wizkid wait for him to perform at a concert in Bamako, Mali, November 15, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Despite a successful decade-long career that’s seen him firmly establish himself as the global torchbearer for Afrobeats, it feels like Wizkid is only getting started. After flirting with true crossover success through most of the 2010s, the Nigerian musical icon has over the past two years finally found true international acclaim. 

When his most recent album, Made In Lagos, came out towards the end of 2020, Wizkid was coming off the hangover from his pop-leaning crossover attempt, Sounds From The Other Side. Released three years prior, the album flirted with a globalist vision that required him to break into the states.