Oyogist.com has learned that Grammy award-winning artiste, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has received a Recording Industry Association of America, RIAA, gold certification for his hit song Essence.
Wizkid’s third baby mama, and manager, Jada Pollock made this known via her Instagram page on Thursday.
The song becomes his second to be certified this year after his 2017 song, Come Closer, featuring Canadian rapper, Drake, was certified platinum and gold in the UK and Australia respectively in April.
In 2020, Wizkid became the first African artiste to be certified Gold in the United States, after 500,000 units of Come Closer was sold.
Featuring Tems, Essence was released in October 2020 as the 11th song on Made in Lagos, Wizkid’s fourth studio album.
The remixed version of the song featured Canadian popstar, Justin Bieber, who tagged it as, ‘song of the summer.’
With Essence, Wizkid made history in July as he became the first African artiste with a record on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.