I Was A Plantain Boy Back In My Childhood Days – Timi Dakolo


Soul singer, Timi Dakolo is arguably the best vocalist in Nigerian music industry, with his style of solo music, we would agree that the singer has carved a niche for himself in the industry and is now a household name

In an interview with TheNet, the singer shared a little peep into his life before and after he became the winner of the West African Idol in 2007.

According to him, “The big break didn’t come immediately after Idol. Despite that fact that I won the competition, it was very tough for me when I started my career. I had problems such that I didn’t know my left from right. It was very tough for me and winning the competition put a huge pressure on me, people were expecting me to hit the ground running but nothing was happening.

“I wasn’t releasing songs; I didn’t even know where to go from there. I later met Cobhams, I told him I may not have money to pay you now but I will pay you someday, let’s start making music and that was how my story changed.”

The singer further revealed that he was born in Ghana and his mum is a Ghanaian but he grew up with his grandmother in Port Harcourt.

“I grew up with my grandmother in Port Harcourt. I grew up to know that my grandmother was my only parent. She used to have a shop at Mile 3 market in Port Harcourt. After school, I would join her at the market.

“I hawked pure water, plantain chips etc. I did a lot of hustling as a young boy. But the truth is, what I went through while growing up made me who I am today, the experience taught me that hard work pays.” he explained.