Star Boy Wizkid jersey labeled ‘Wizkid FC’, an official jersey of Nigerian Musician Ayodeji Balogun a.k.a Wizkid was unveiled by International Sport wear Nike, has set Nigerian Twitter on fire.
The jersey, unveiled on Thursday, February 8, 2018, by Nike, is part of Nike’s jersey shop campaign where stars can customize jerseys for their fans and friends.
Wizkid's jersey production deal with Nike isn't a local deal, it's an international partnership deal. The Starboy jersey will be released internationally. Wizkid FC is GLOBAL! pic.twitter.com/dMxh5034dK
— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) February 8, 2018
The deal has made Wizkid the first African Musician to have an official jersey.
The move has been met with raving support from his fan base, most of whom regard it as epic and legendary.
Fans have already created a twitter handle for Wizkid Fan Club @wizkidfc, amongst several other accounts such as ‘WzkidFC Defender’, ‘WizkidFC Striker’, ‘Captain Wizkid FC’.
Meanwhile, a photo of fans in Kano wearing jerseys with ‘Wizkid FC’ inscribed on them for a football match is circulating social media.
See some of the reactions below:
We no dey loose any match for WIZKID FC??
— Mac Nels (@mac_nels) February 8, 2018
Let's show some love to my people of kano State for the sacrifices of their time about the no1 and only starboy @wizkidayo. This is our football club called #WizkidFC❤. We do this for love and there's more coming. @WizkidSource got to see this. RT it for the love guys #Kanostat pic.twitter.com/cmMp0DtkSm
— γθμΠgβογ (@am_youngboy) February 8, 2018
Wizkid FC, we move ?????? pic.twitter.com/fkeph5saMW
— Iseunife The First (@Shawnife_) February 8, 2018
— AfricanBadgirl (@kofo_candy) February 8, 2018
What other fan base has their own jerseys coming? Wizkid FC, we up! ??
Signed. Sealed. Delivered.
Congrats, @wizkidayo! ✅
— Wizkid News ? (@WizkidSource) February 8, 2018
Ffs now I have to get the WIZKID FC Jersey as well as both of the Nigerian jerseys.
— Negra?? (@K0yinsola) February 7, 2018
#WizkidFC is fucking proud of you man!!???
— AfricanBadgirl (@kofo_candy) February 9, 2018
— Princess Ife❤️ (@ife_luv12) February 7, 2018
I’m getting the Wizkid FC and the Super Eagles jerseys as soon as they’re available. ?? I’m doing it for the culture. pic.twitter.com/cRpe1hs9EK
— Ibadan Lord ?? (@degosTee) February 8, 2018
Changing it from “Wizkid FC” to “Starboy FC”, especially with a corporation like Nike, is a slight form of erasure.
He goes by Starboy but having “WIZKID” on the brand makes a huge difference.
How many foreigners will know that he goes by Starboy? Hope they don’t change it.
— dray neglectronica (@fxntney) February 8, 2018
— γθμΠgβογ (@am_youngboy) February 9, 2018
Who's getting me wizkid FC jersey ?
— $kīnnyHardGuy? (@skinnyhardguy) February 9, 2018
@wizkidayo are you signing any players to wizkidfc ?? I make a hell of a defensive midfielder, my belle de stop shot sef
— ABU #MOALA #TSA!!! (@StGthaprodigy) February 9, 2018
Wetin go be our Club Anthem nah. #WIZKIDFC
— JagzEmpire (@Iamjesse3) February 9, 2018
Wizkid had earlier unveiled the new Super Eagles’ world cup jersey designed by Nike, alongside eagles’ player Alex Iwobi.
Wizkid x Alex Iwobi. ??????? pic.twitter.com/vFLrSfCJ9s
— Wizkid FC (@WizkidFC) February 7, 2018
Wizkid Fan Club (FC), coined by the singer himself in 2016, began to trend on social media after his collaboration with American rapper Drake on the Grammy-nominated song ‘One Dance’.