Born Inetimi Odom, Timaya as he's fondly called, has earned himself a place in the hearts of many music-loving Nigerians with his style and unapologetic representation of the Niger Delta region of the country. He speaks on his life and career
Some say that you are arrogant. How true is this?
I'm not arrogant or snobbish like many believe and you would find out that in my first album, I said Timaya is hot like fire and people wondered where the fire in me is. I only have the arrogant swagger look. Sometimes, I look hard on purpose so people will not take me for a ride. So, before you meet me, you already have an impression that I'm tough but really, I'm very friendly, I could even get too playful.
Can you tell us about your new baby?
I wanted to have a baby by Barbara because she is my kind of woman; the kind of woman I'd like to spend the rest of my life with and this was why I decided from the outset that I'd go the whole hog with her. But she knows that marriage is not something we will dabble into now.
Why did you decide to christen your daughter, Emmanuella Perere Timaya and not Odom?
I'm building my own dynasty which is why my baby and the other ones that would come after her would bear Timaya as their surname not Odom.
But what about marriage?
Marriage comes with a lot of responsibilities which are beyond financial or material things. God has blessed me with everything a man needs to have a successful married life and you can bet that Emmanuella and Barbara will get the best of everything money can buy but personally, I don't feel ready for marriage.
What is your take on the Nigerian music industry?
The music industry is growing bigger by the day and very soon, indolent artistes would be swept to the background. I don't want to be a yesterday star; neither do I want to end up being a fleeting star, I want to continue being relevant. That is why I am putting everything into music and God is blessing the work of my hands.
Tell us about your new effort
Well, it is called Upgrade and it is my fourth album and like I said, I'm putting my everything into the work to ensure that I remain relevant and I'm also grateful to God for blessing my handwork. In the album, you have the popular single, 'Shake up your Bum Bum' amongst other songs. It's a totally new brand and new one from Timaya.
What about the new look?
Well, it's something I just decided to do after wearing the dreadlocks for several years. I decided to put up a new look and show another side of me to the public in general. The new look would be on for a long time.