Timaya Artist Enetimi Alfred Odon Nigeria
Timaya, born on 29 November 1977 and christened Enetimi Alfred Odon, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. His career began in 2006 with the release of Dem Mama, a single off his debut album, True Story (2007). Timaya’s stock continued to rise with each album he released; Gift and Grace in 2008, De Rebirth followed in 2010 with its lead single being Plantain Boy, and In 2012, Timaya released Upgrade, which spawned huge hits Bum Bum, Sexy Ladies, and Malonogede. The maker of several upbeat songs has seen his work rewarded with four Headies Awards, and one Nigeria Music Award to name but a few of them.
Born in Rivers State, Timaya grew up as part of a large family; the youngest of fifteen children in Agip Estate, Port Harcourt. His father was a banker and his mother was a trader. Due to his youthful exuberance which often saw him fall foul of his parents orders, his mother arranged for him to travel with his older brother and older sister to Lagos before he graduated high school. He would later complete secondary education at Lagos Ikeja Grammar school.
Timaya returned to Port Harcourt to further his education. However, he dropped out after only a semester due to poor performances. He was studying Banking and Finance before he opted out.
He returned to Lagos where he hooked up with K-Solo for the production of his first hit single, Dem Mama which was was an account of the 1999 destruction of Odi, a river side community in Niger Delta.
After the success of Dem Mama, Timaya decided to continue with K-Solo. He recorded seven more songs for his first album True Story, which was eventually released in 2007. In 2008 he worked with other producers, among whom was Phyno, to produce anorther album, Gift and grace. Timaya won two awards in 2008: Album of the Year at Nigeria Music Awards and Best Reggae/Dancehall album at the Headies Awards. Timaya went on to release three more albums, featuring several hit songs, and winning some awards along the way.
In 2010, he appeared on the song Kokoroko by female gospel artist Kefee, which went on to win in the Best Collaboration category at the 2010 Headies Awards.
The singer notoriously had a relationship with actress Empress Njamah, which later failed and led to him saying “she is just like a thief” in 2010. The singer reportedly gave her some money to get him a car which she refused to. Shortly After their break up, she got a car and while she was dedicating it in church, Timaya reportedly stormed into the place with thugs and took the car away.
The Egberi Papa 1 was in 2015 accused of rape by a woman, Sheila B. The alleged rape occured in Atlanta, USA. The singer countered that the sex was consentual and that he had done no wrong. The matter however died down as no charges were pressed which could have substantiated the claim.
Timaya was once quoted as saying that his music career is more important than marriage so he is not ready for marriage. He however has a long standing relationship with Barbara, who now has two children for him, though they remain unmarried.
In 2011, Timaya was appointed a Peace Ambassador by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP). Dr. Hak Ja Haan Moon, co-founder of the IIFWP, stated that he is “one of those individuals whose lives exemplify the ideal of living for the sake of others, and who dedicate themselves to practices which promote the founding ideals of the IIFWP.”