Timaya real / full name is Enetimi Alfred Odon, born 29 November 1977 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State,Nigeria,
is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is the CEO of South South
hip hop group “Dem Mama Record”. His solo career began in 2006 with the
release of “Dem Mama”, which also appeared on his debut album, True Story released the following year. His second album Gift and Grace was released in 2008.
Timaya gained further visibility and international prominence through his third studio album De Rebirth—released in partnership with Black Body Entertainment—and its lead single “Plantain Boy”. Both were commercially successful. He collaborated with Dem Mama Soldiers on the album LLNP (Long Life N Prosperity). In 2012, Timaya released Upgrade, which spawned hits “Bum Bum”, “Sexy Ladies”, and “Malonogede”. To date, his work has earned him four Headies Awards, and one Nigeria Music Award.
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. For his early
education, Odom attended Assemblies of God Nursery And Primary School. His secondary school education began at Nkpolu Oroworukwo in Port Harcourt.He would often break house rules to attend late-night music events.
Before Timaya could graduate from school, his mother arranged for him to
travel with his older brother and older sister to Lagos. After moving
to the city, he gained admission into Lagos’ Ikeja Grammar School, where
he eventually obtained a secondary school certificate.Timaya later returned to Port Harcourt to study Banking and Finance at tertiary-level, however, he performed poorly in examinations and dropped out after first semester.
He then moved back to Lagos to join Eedris Abdulkareem‘s hiphop group as a backup vocalist. After three years working for Eedris, Timaya departed from the group to focus on his solo career.
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.”
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