Timaya aka Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa is an energetic Nigerian singer, songwriter and performer. This article is about his biography, music career, awards and more.
Timaya was born on the 5th of August, 1980 in Port Harcourt, River State of Nigeria, and was christened Inetimi Alfred Odon.
He was born to a father who was a banker and mother who sold petty trade. Timaya had his primary education at Assemblies of God primary school and later started his secondary school education at Nkpolu secondary school, in Port Harcourt. He later moved to Lagos State to finish his secondary education and returned back to Port Harcourt to study Banking and Finance at the University, but he dropped out of school after the first semester. Timaya then moved back to Lagos to focus on music .
Timaya started off his music career singing in the church with his church choir. Prior to his big break, he worked under Eedris Abdulkareem as a back up singer for three years before deciding to pursue a solo career. He thereafter met with KSolo who produced his first single titled ‘Dem Mama’ a true life story of the Odi invasion by soldiers. “Dem Mama” became an instant hit and brought Timaya fame and name recognition in the industry.
Consequently, upon the success of his hit single he delved fully into the music and further worked with KSolo to record seven more tracks for his debut album titled ‘True story’ which was released in 2007.
He went on to work on his second album titled ‘Gift and Grace’ which was released in 2008; and the album earned him some awards including the Headies awards for Best Reggae/ Dance-hall Album. In 2010 he released another album titled ‘De rebirth’ with the lead single “Plantain Boy” becoming a mega success and street anthem.
Timaya has done lots of collaborations, one of which was with the late Kefee in the song ‘Kokoroko’ which got him the Headies for best collabo song.
In 2011, he released his forth studio album titled ‘LLNP- Long Life N Prosperity’; and then another album followed in 2012 titled ‘Upgrade’. In 2014 he also released another album titled ‘Epiphany’.
Timaya has released some of the following albums;
- True Story 2007
- Gift and Grace 2008
- L.L.N.P 2011
- Upgrade 2012
- Epiphany 2014
- Best of Timaya 2014
NOMINATION AND AWARDS
Timaya has received so many awards and nominations for his ingenuity and versatility in the music. Few of his numerous awards and nominations include;
- Afrotainment Muskeke Online Africa Music Awards 2011 for Best Afro Dancehall song (Won)
- Nigerian Music Awards 2008- Album of the Year (Won)
- The Headies 2008- Best Reggae/Dancehall Album
- The Headies 2009- Best Reggae/Dancehall Album
- Best Collaboration
- Artiste of the Year
- The Headies 2010- Best Collaboration (Kokoroko)
- Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2014- Indigenous Artiste of the Year (Nominated)
Timaya had endorsement deals with MTN which expired . He later got an endorsement from Globacom which is still running; and also has a deal with Hennessey in addition to others.
TIMAYA NET WORTH
Timaya is estimated to be worth about $5.5 million and this automatically catapults him into the league of the richest entertainers in Nigeria. His assets include prime real estate, cars and Jewelry.