Timaya is the stage name of a popular Nigerian singer and songwriter whose real name is Enetimi Alfred Odon. He has been making great waves in the Nigerian music industry since the release of his first album in 2007.
Timaya’s Early Life
Enetimi Alfred Odon popularly known as Timaya was born on November 29, 1977 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He grew up in Agip Estate Port Harcourt in a rather large family of fifteen children out of which he is the last.
His father was a banker while his mother was a trader and together, they were able to send him to Assemblies of God Nursery And Primary School and later to Nkpolu Oroworukwo in Port where he started his secondary education but later transfered to Ikeja Grammar School, Lagos where he eventually obtained a secondary school certificate.
After his secondary school, Timaya came back to Port Harcourt to study Banking and Finance at the tertiary level which he could not finish due to poor grades and so he dropped out after the first semester.
Timaya’s Songs And Career
When it dawned on him that school was not his calling, Timaya moved back to Lagos where he joined Eedris Abdulkareem’s hip-hop group as a backup singer.
Three years later, Timaya left the group to focus on his solo career. After several collaborations with fellow up-and-coming artists, he met producer K-Solo in Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos who produced his first major hit record “Dem Mama” where he recounted the tragic event that happened in Odi community in 1999 which saw the destruction of a whole village and the death of countless people including children.
After “Dem Mama” sold off, K-Solo recorded seven more songs for Timaya’s first album True Story, which was finally released in 2007. Right after his first album, Timaya jumped into the second one with producers Phyno, Jeggs, Spankie, Akeem D Beat, K-Solo and Terry G. Thus in 2008, the album titled Gift and Grace was released.
His third studio album De Rebirth—released in partnership with Black Body Entertainment and its lead single “Plantain Boy” which was very successful took him further into international prominence.
In 2012, Timaya released Upgrade, including hits “Bum Bum”, “Sexy Ladies”, and “Malonogede” which blazed the trail through the Nigerian music industry.
His talent and efforts has earned him four Headies Awards and one Nigeria Music Award. Timaya won two awards in 2008: “Album of the Year” at Nigeria Music Awards and “Best Reggae/Dancehall album” at the Headies Awards.
He also received two awards “Best Reggae/Dancehall album” for Gift and Grace and “Best Collaboration” for his feature on J Martins’ “Good or Bad (O Wey)” at the 2009 edition of The Headies.
His collaboration with female singer Kefee in the song “Kokoroko” in 2010, won in the “Best Collaboration” category at the 2010 Headies Awards.
Duncan Mighty and Timaya did a collabo “I Know I Know Dat“, which was leaked onto the internet a few hours after, Duncan Mighty’s album Footprints was released. Both artists were honoured at the 4th annual Odudu Music Awards alongside M-Trill, Sodi Cookey, Becky Enyioma and Timi Dakolo.
Timaya was appointed a Peace Ambassador by the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) in 2011 for his exceptional service to humanity.