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How Nigerian artist, Timaya went from selling plantain chips to becoming a famous Nigerian celebrity

Many Nigeria celebrities have told different stories on how they struggled to attain fame. Some of them have also told how they once sold on the street when things were hard for them but all these stories are just to inspire those looking up to them. One of the stars to have told his grass to grace story is the award-winning superstar Timaya.

Inetimi Timaya Odon better known by his stage name Timaya is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He hails from Odi, Bayelsa State and he is the founder of Dm record limited.

During his early school days, he often broke house rules to attend late-night music events. Timaya also made an attempt to study Banking and Finance at the University of Port-Harcourt, but he flunked in his examinations and later Dropped out after his first semester. He once sold plantain chips in the street of Mgbusimini to make ends meet.

Timaya when he was much younger.

Back in the days, Timaya was a great hustler and a very good plantain seller. Things became so worst after he was sent packing by his landlord but was later taken in by a kind lady.

Timaya when he was much younger

He rose to prominence with his first single "Dem Mama". The single focused on the destruction occurring in the oil-rich Delta region and the brutality accompanying the rot. This track led to him being nicknamed Egberi papa 1 meaning " The town crier of the people" of Bayelsa state. Dem Mama was a commercial success so he recorded seven more for his first album "True Story".

The budding singer has worked with several artists like 2Baba, Patoranking, Olamide, Sir Shina Peters and many more others. Timaya floated his record label Dm Records Limited under which he groomed artists such as Patoranking and Runtown.

Presently, Timaya has over 50 tracks to his name and has sold over 18 million albums between 2008 till now. Timaya has won several awards which includes:

# Album of the Year

# Best Reggae/Dance hall album

And many more. He has also been nominated for:

# indigenous artist of the year

# Afrima awards for best Dance hall artist

# best dancehall act of the year in 2015, 2016 and 2017

# best Reggae album at the Grammy

# Artiste of the year at Headies

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