Nigerian dance hall maestro, Alfred Inetimi Odiom, aka Timaya, has spoken out in a recent interview on a sundry of issue, ranging from his life struggles, vulgar lyrics and the love he has for his two infant daughters.

He began music with very positive lyrics and groovy beats; but of late he seems to care about the beats, vulgar and vain lyrics. What has changed , “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… 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.

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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.” Despite the success today, Timaya still remembers the hurdles he had to pass through.

“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. 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.

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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.
In his time of pains they must have been people Timaya looked up to for mentorship to keep his hopes alive who are these people

That would be Bishop David Oyedepo. I attend Living Faith Church, aka Winner’s 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.