Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ Becomes The First African Song To Be Certified Platinum In The US

Grammy award-winning singer, Wizkid reached another major milestone in his career as his summer banger “Essence” featuring Tems is officially certified platinum in the US.

It also becomes the first African song to hit that feat as reported by the Recording Industry Association of America.

As he reflected on his latest accomplishment, Wizkid shared a few words of gratitude to his collaborator.

“I appreciate you, love you baby girl,” he said to Tems as they held onto their respective plaques. “You’re a superstar, this is your time, this is your moment. The world needs to hear this shit.”

Wizkid then turned to the crowd and thanked those who were monumental in helping him achieve this major feat.

“We have a platinum record,” he continued. “I just want to say thank you to all involved in this. From Tems to the producers…Legendary beats, those are my brothers from way back. I want to say we made a good beat. Thanks to the whole team from believing in the dreams from early. To my fans, I appreciate you all. I pray God bless you all.”


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WizKid’s ‘Essence’ appeared on the singer’s “Made in Lagos” project, which dropped in October of last year. The song earned gold certification in September nearly two months after it made its entry into the Billboard Hot 100.