Timi Dakolo won the inaugural West African Idols competition and since then his distinctive voice has become well known to fans across the world. Iboro Tonye-Edet spoke to Dakolo about his music, career, family, God, and his Christian walk.
You are well known in and outside Nigeria Please tell us about your background. How it all started. Growing up and all that?
My Name is Timi Dakolo. I was born in Ghana. My Father is from Bayelsa. I grew up staying with my paternal grandmother in Port Harcourt. That’s where I had my entire education- primary, secondary and tertiary.
What course did you do?
Linguistics and Communication Studies
So how did music come into the whole picture?
I grew up liking music just for the fun of it. It never crossed my mind that I was going to do music by any chance. So, you know when we used to sit down and write music, you have songbooks, you listen to the song for a long time then you get to mimic the person and how the person sings. That was my whole idea. But my house was the house where they said “Go to school, get good grades, marry a good wife, don’t look for trouble and work in Shell”. Then Shell was reigning. That’s how I grew up. That’s the kind of house I grew up in. Eventually I joined the choir and did little singing here and there.
House on the Rock in Port Harcourt. And so it was like that rehearsing songs, mimicking people. That was all I knew about music then. Then the whole West African Idol thing came up. I auditioned and came to Lagos. It was after I won that I decided that maybe I could make a living out of this thing that I love and do so effortlessly. So, that’s how it started.
“I had this whole thing figured out for me. I thought I would work in Shell, probably live in Shell camp, every weekend me and my family will go to Shell Club, my children would go swimming.”
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