Dancehall music star, Enetimi Alfred Odon popularly known as Timaya has associated the non completion of his tertiary education to poverty.
In an exclusive chat with Today’s Prime News Entertainment, the “Plantain Boy” singer explained how things fell apart for him and his family after the death of his father.
“My father was a banker for 32 years. He retired as a bank manager and we were doing fine,” he recalled. “Later, he engaged in a business and he was duped. Things went bad for us and we had to be selling plantain. My brothers, my sisters and I started to hawk plantain on the streets. Then, people used to call me “Plantain Boy”. While hawking, I began to sing to keep myself busy.”
At the age of 14, Egberi Papa 1 as he is fondly called recalled that he had started living on the street and hoping one day he would become successful. He also recalled how is hope to become a graduate was dashed when he couldn’t afford the tuition fees.
“I attended Ikeja Grammar School and after I passed out, I went to University of Port Harcourt. I couldn’t finish my education because of our financial problem. I came back to Lagos and I became back-up singer for Eedris Abdulkareem because they didn’t give me the chance to exhibit my talent. From there, I started doing my stuff all alone.”
Recalling some of his trying moments in his quest to break away from poverty, the music star who is now worth more over N100m said he nearly signed a slave contract with a recording label who was bent on giving on signing him for peanuts. But by dint of hard work and luck, his fortunes changed on meeting with music producer, Solomon Oyeniyi popularly known as K-Solo.
“I met with K-Solo and after recording some stuff I took the album to Alaba. No one showed interest but only Danco Music. The man promised to pay N500,000 in which I collected due to suffering. On my second album, I collected N24milion for only the audio. That was why I titled it “Gift and Grace”. Even without hearing any of the song, Abu paid N11million into my account. I was ill then, but I managed to do the album less than two weeks. God has been faithful to me,” he ended.
HOW I BECOME A DROP-OUT – TOUCHING STORY OF MUSIC STAR, TIMAYA