Timaya in a chat with Tofarati Ige says, his fans will be amazed if he decides to talk about his grass to grace story, saying God has been faithful. According to the musician, who once hawked, who was once a rebel and who once slept with an older woman in exchange for food and roof over his head, life was tough, but God has changed his story. Do ENJOY! Hopefully this will motivate someone else too…
What lessons did you learn while hawking on the streets?
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. 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.
Who are your mentors, role models or people that you admire?
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.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learnt in the course of your career?
I have learnt that God is everything. He is the most important factor you need to succeed. If God is behind you and you work hard, you would be unstoppable.