Timaya is known as the “Egberi papa one” of Bayelsa and is really proud of his roots. He started his music hustle from the streets of Port Harcourt before moving over to the Lagos market where he rose to prominence in the entertainment scene. Majority of the tracks in his debut album were a reflection of his past life and the struggles he went through as young teenager to survive in Port Harcourt and the crisis in his home town, Odi in Bayelsa State. Timaya net worth placed him comfortably among the top 10 richest musicians in Nigeria.
- Full Name: Inetimi Alfred Odon
- Date of Birth: Born 15 August 1980 Port Harcourt, Nigeria
- Nationality: Nigeria (Bayelsa State)
- Genres: Dancehall , Ragga , Afro Hip hop , Afro Beat
- Net Worth: $5,500,000.00
- Source of Wealth: Business, Endorsements, music
He epitomizes the “grass to grace” catchphrase, having sold plantains as a child and did other menial jobs to survive. Today he is one of the most successful artist to emerge from the Niger delta region. No wonder his songs back then were just centered on Thanksgiving.
Birth and Early Life
Born Enetimi Alfred Odon on 15, August 1980 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. He’s the last of 15 children and the most successful. His father was a banker and his mother a petty trader. He had his primary education in Assemblies of God primary school and briefly at Nkpolu secondary school in Port Harcourt. His mum later moved him and two other siblings to Lagos. There he continued his secondary education with Ikeja Grammar school.
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He returned back to Port Harcourt to study banking and finance in the University of Port Harcourt but dropped out after his first semester. Obviously he had no brains for books.
After leaving the university, he went to lagos to join hiphop artist Eedris Abdulkareem as a backup vocalist. After three years working for Eedris, Timaya departed from the group to focus on his solo career. He met K-solo, a producer and “Dem Mama ” his debut hit was released. Describing the song in an interview posted on August 2013,
Timaya said: “Dem Mama” was an account of the 1999 destruction of Odi, a river side community in Niger Delta.
Soldiers were hunting down militants they alleged killed eight policemen. The village was burnt down and numerous people killed. I bravely tackled the issue years later and won instant street credibility for my boldness.” The success of “Dem Mama ” spurred him to work harder, thereby releasing seven songs in his first album “True Story” in 2007. His second album “Gift and grace” came in 2008 which won him two awards; the Nigerian Music Video Awards and
The Headies Award
Two years later, he released his third album “De Rebirth” with the “plantain boy” track in it. This also earned him some awards. 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. He has done a lots of collaborations since them with artists like Duncan mighty, Flavor, Phyno, Terry G and vector. He’s the CEO of Dem Mama records founded in 2013.
True Story (2007), Gift And Grace (2008), De Rebirth (2010) and LLNP
Long Life N Prosperity (2011)
Awards and Nominations
Afrotainment-Museke Online African Music Awards
2011:Best Afro-Dancehall song, ” Plantain Boy” (Won)
Nigeria Music Awards
2008: Album of the Year, True Story (Won)
2008 : Best Reggae/Dancehall Album, True Story (Won)
2009 : Best Reggae/Dancehall Album, Gift and Grace (Won)
2009 : Best Collaboration, “Good or Bad” (with J. Martins and P-Square ) (Won)
2009 : Artiste of the Year (Nominated)
2010 : Best Collaboration, “Kokoroko” (with Kefee) (Won)
Nigeria Entertainment Awards
2014 : Indigenous Artist of the Year (Nominated)
Timaya Net Worth
TIMAYA struck an endorsement deal with indigenous Telecom company Glo worth N30million but later abandoned the deal for that of MTN worth N45million which he refuse to renue after its expiration. He charges between 1.5million to 4million Naira per show for bookings. His net worth is valued at $5.5 million.