Davido and Wizkid are undoubted the two biggest musicians on the continent at the moment. Their remarkable achievements in music globally with the unique style and genre of music – Afrobeats cannot be understated. But how do the two of them stack up against each other? Check out a comprehensive analysis of these two African heavyweights.
1. Social Media Influence
Davido is the most followed African celebrity, having an army of 16.8 million people following him on Instagram whiles Wizkid has 10.5 million followers. On Twitter, Davido has gained 7.1 million followers whiles Wizkid has 6.5 million. Facebook isn’t any different with Davido being followed by 4.1 million fans whiles Wizkid has 2.2 million followers.
2. YouTube Subscription
YouTube is the biggest video streaming platform on the planet with billions of daily visitors. Davido’s Top 3 hit songs views: FALL have 170 million views; FIA has 75 million views and ASSURANCE with 57 million views. FALL has become the most-streamed video in Africa. Wizkid’s Top songs are COME CLOSER, SOCO and FEVER with 91 million, 73 million and 54 million views on YouTube respectively.
Davido boast of 1.74M subscribers on YouTube with total views a total view count of around 611 million views. Wizkid, on the other hand, has 1.21M subscribers and a total view count of 477 million views.
3. International Collaboration
Both talented African icons have had awesome collaborations with global musical heavyweights across the world. Wizkid has had some mega collaborations with global icons like Beyonce and Drake, Dua Lipa, Ty Dollar Sign, Tyga, Offset, Akon, Trey Songz, Chronixx, Skepta, Chris Brown and many others. Davido has also collaborated with international acts such as Chris Brown, Meek Mill, Wale, Rae Sremmurd, Young Thug, Tinashe, Quavo, Tonry Lanez, Popcaan and many others.
4. Diaspora Popularity
In 2018, Wizkid became the first African to sell out Skyway Theatre in Minnesota, and also the 5000 capacity Royal Albert Hall in the UK. He is the first African act to sell out the iconic 20,000 capacity auditorium 02 Arena in London. In fact, he did it twice. Davido sold out the largest house of blues in the world located in Boston and also a 10,000-capacity venue in Suriname, a South American State. Davido is the second African artist to sell out the 02 Arena in London.
Davido’s single “Fall” from his second studio album a good time album was certified Gold in the US in 2020 after achieving the same feat in South Africa and Canada earlier. Wizkid’s Come closer from his Sound From The Other Side Album was certified Silver in the UK in 2017 and Gold in Canada a year later.
Davido and Wizkid have both been acknowledged for their wonderful contributions to the African music industry with some of the most enviable accolades in their industry. Davido has won 33 major awards and Wizkid has 45 major awards. Their awards include the BET AWARDS, CHANNEL O, MTV AWARDS, BILLBOARDS, NIGERIA ENTERTAINMENT AWARD, MOBO, GHANA MUSIC AWARDS, HEADIES, and many others.
So who is your favourite?