Inetimi Timaya Odon, well known by his stage name Timaya and born on August 15, 1980, is a well-known singer and composer from Nigeria. He is the organization’s founder.
“Dem Mama,” which was also included on his first album, True Story, which was released the following year, marked the beginning of his solo career in 2005. Gift and Grace, his second album, was released in 2008.
Through the release of his third studio album, De Rebirth, in collaboration with Black Body Entertainment, and the album’s lead hit, “Plantain Boy,” he increased his exposure and worldwide notoriety.
He earned some money from each of them, which he used to work with Dem Mama Soldiers on the album LLNP (Long Life N Prosperity). Timaya released Upgrade in 2012, and it gave rise to the singles “Bum Bum,” “Sexy Ladies,” and “Malonogede”.
His efforts have led to several prestigious nominations and prizes, including four The Headies Awards, two AFRIMMA Awards, one Nigeria Music Award, and an NEA Award.
On August 15, 1980, Inetimi Timaya Odon was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He was the youngest of fifteen children raised in a huge family in Agip Estate, Port Harcourt. He is a native of Bayelsa state’s Odi.
His mother was a merchant, while his father worked in banking. Timaya had his early schooling at the Assemblies of God Nursery And Primary School. In Port Harcourt, at Nkpolu Oroworukwo, he commenced his secondary schooling.
He often disobeyed home regulations to go to late-night musical events. Timaya’s mother planned a trip to Lagos with his elder brother and sister before he could complete his education. He was accepted into Lagos’ Ikeja Grammar School after relocating there, and there he finally graduated with a secondary school diploma.
Timaya eventually went back to Port Harcourt to finish her tertiary banking and finance studies. He failed his exams, nevertheless, and left school after the first semester. He returned to Lagos to perform with Eedris Abdulkareem’s hip-hop ensemble as a backing singer.
Timaya left the group to concentrate on his solo career after three years of working with Eedris Abdulkareem. He started to record collaborations with other upcoming musicians and made his first cameo in an unreleased music video for the rap group UDX from Lagos. After hearing him play the Cappella version, producer Obaksolo in Mafoluku, Oshodi, recorded his first significant hit song, “Dem Mama.”
He collaborated with Menthol X’s Namse Udosen on the song “Pomporo” from his first album True Story.
In an interview published in August 2013, Timaya described the song, saying: “‘Dem Mama’ was an account of the devastation of Odi, a riverfront hamlet in the Niger Delta, in 1999. Soldiers were looking for suspected militants who had murdered eight cops. Many people were murdered, and the community was completely destroyed by fire. Years later, I boldly took on the problem and immediately gained a street reputation.
Timaya had his pre-primary and elementary schooling at the Assemblies of God Nursery and Primary School. After that, he went to Nkpolu Oroworukwo Secondary School in Port Harcourt.
Before he completed his secondary education in Port Harcourt, his mother had him go with his older brother and sister to Lagos. He was admitted to Ikeja Grammar School in Lagos when he arrived.
Timaya returned to Port Harcourt after finishing high school to enroll in the university’s Banking and Finance program, but he finally walked out after failing his first semester’s examinations.
Timaya made the decision to work with producer K-Solo again following the success of “Dem Mama.” For his 2007 debut album True Story, he recorded seven additional songs.
Timaya started working on his second album later that year with producers Phyno, Jeggs, Spankie, Akeem D Beat, Obaksolo, and Terry G. Gift and Grace, an album, was made available in stores all over the country in 2008.
Timaya was the recipient of two honors in 2008: “Best Reggae/Dancehall album” at The Headies Awards and “Album of the Year” at Nigeria Music Awards. In addition, he won two prizes at the 2009 The Headies, including “Best Reggae/Dancehall Album” for Gift and Grace and “Best Collaboration” for his appearance on J Martins’ “Good or Bad (O Wey)”.
Timaya’s third album, De Rebirth, and “Plantain Boy,” the album’s success-themed lead single, were both released two years later. Phyno, Flux, M-Yire, Jay Sleek, N.D, Jesse Jagz, and Obaksolo worked on the album’s production. Akeem D Beat, Phyno, and M-Yire also contributed.
In addition to 2Baba, TJ 2Solo, Allenian, Konga, Lanre, MI Abaga, TJ, and Wrecoba, Timaya also worked with other guest artists. He made an appearance on Kefee’s 2010 song “Kokoroko,” which went on to win the “Best Collaboration” award at the Headies Awards. Recently, Kcee included him in the song “Erima.”
A joint album by Timaya and his group, Dem Mama Soldiers, LLNP (Long Life And Prosperity), was released in November 2011. Ras Kimono, a renowned reggae singer, appeared on the second song on the album, “Dem No Like Me.” Upgrade, a 14-track album that included the hits “Bum-Bum,” “Sexy Ladies,” and “Malonogede,” was released by him on June 25, 2012.
Attitude, Terry G, and Vector all contributed to the album. A few hours after the release of Duncan Mighty’s album Footprints, Timaya and Timaya’s duet, “I Know I Know Dat,” leaked online. M-Trill, Sodi Cookey, Becky Enyioma, and Timi Dakolo were among the honorees at the fourth annual Odudu Music Awards.
He issued Epiphany, his fifth studio album, in 2014. The 20-track album featured worldwide hits like “Bum Bum Remix” (featuring Dancehall A-Lister, Sean Paul), “Sanko,” and “Ukwu.” It also included Terry G, Sir Shina Peters, 2Baba, Patoranking, Olamide, and Deethi. The first-ever Afro-Soca Concert was headlined by Timaya in Nassau, Bahamas, in 2017.
Timaya released an EP called Chulo Vibes following five years of single releases and touring (2019). Alikiba, a musician from East Africa, Trinidad’s Machel Montano, and Nigeria’s Burna Boy were all featured in this project.
Timaya established DM Records Limited, his record company. He developed musicians like Runtown and Patoranking. In 2017, he acquired King Perryy, a rising Dancehall/Afro-Fusion artist, for the DM Records imprint.
Living Faith Church, often known as Winners Chapel, is where Timaya regularly worships. He has been bestowed with the gift of three beautiful children: one son and two daughters. He constructed a lavish residence for himself in Lekki, Lagos, and that is where he now resides.
Gracey Odon’s former girlfriend, Barbara Nwaokolo, was the mother of his two children, Emmanuella and Gracey. Timaya once dated Empress Njamah. Maya Odon was the product of one of his past relationships and is one of his children.
His collection of rare and costly automobiles serves as a visual representation of the way in which God has blessed him via his music. His automobiles include a Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, Range Rover Sport 2013, Range Rover Sport 2016, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Lexus SUV 2015. Timaya has a number of additional assets, particularly landed properties, in addition to the automobiles and the home that he owns.
- True Story (2007)
- Gift And Grace (2008)
- De Rebirth (2010)
- LLNP Long Life N Prosperity (2011)
- Upgrade (2012)
- Epiphany (2014)
- Chulo Vibes EP (2019)
- Gratitude 2020
- Ekoloma Demba (Epiphany) – 2014
- Bow Down (Epiphany) – 2014
- Gbagam (Epiphany) – 2014
- Lai Lai (Epiphany) – 2014
- Sanko (Single) – 2014
- Ukwu (Single) – 2014
- I concur (Single Produced by Killertunes) – 2015
- Amayanabo (Single) – 2015
- Some more (Single) – 2015
- I like the way (Single) – 2016
- Bang Bang (Single) – 2016
- Money featuring Flavour (Single) – 2016
- 2 Stoopid (Single) – 2019
- 2021″Eff All Day” (featuring Phyno)
He has signed some mouth-watering endorsements as well. The singer is estimated to have a net worth of US$10 million.
- Twitter: @timayatimaya
- Instagram: @timayatimaya
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