Timaya has come a long way.
The “Bum Bum” hit maker exposed some details about his childhood, alongside his values, music, people’s wrong perception about his personality and more.
In a recent interview with PUNCH, he revealed his lessons learned while hawking before fame and success came his way.
“I learnt that to succeed in life, I had to stay passionate about my dreams, never settle for less and keep working hard every day,” Timaya shared. “Most importantly, I learnt to believe that God makes everything possible in good time. I have been through a lot of things in life, and if I begin to share my story, you will be shocked. I was born into a fairly comfortable family but I was a rebel and I often ran away from home. I once lived in Port Harcourt with a woman who was older than me and she used me like I was a sex toy. I had to service her whenever she had the urge in exchange for food and a roof over my head. However, I have always dreamed big. Despite my travails, I never let go of my aspirations while believing that one day, I would make it big.”
When asked who his role model was, the King Of Commercial replied, “That would be Bishop David Oyedepo. I attend Living Faith Church, aka Winners’ Chapel, and I don’t joke with the activities of the church. As much as I can, I make sure I attend as many of their services, crusades, and other programmes whenever I’m in the country.”
Addressing vulgarity in his songs, Timaya said, “I do those types of songs because that’s what people really want. Some people criticise those songs, but they have millions of views and downloads online within a short period. We really should stop deceiving ourselves. Like I said earlier, I sing about a variety of things. Music is a money-making business, so I always consider what people want to hear and give them priority. That’s what fetches me money.”
He continued on the criticism he gets from people about his songs, adding, “This is funny, but that’s not the case. As an artiste, I am inspired by life, not just by one thing. I make music about the society, partying, love, beautiful women and my life in general.”
On people’s perception of him being arrogant, the “Sanko” pop star responded, “That’s not who Timaya is really. I’m really a nice guy; you just need to get to know me and you would realise that the picture painted of me is not accurate at all.”