NAME: Timi Dakolo
DATE OF BIRTH: January 20, 1981
OCCUPATION: Singer, Song Writer
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Dakolo was born in Accra, Ghanato a Nigerian father, Bayelsa-native David and a Ghanaian mother, Norah, who died when Dakolo was thirteen. His grandmother Ateni Dakolo, who lived in Port Harcourtraised him, and he credits her as his early singing teacher.
Although his parents came to take Dakolo to live with them in Lagos when he was three, Dakolo refused to leave his grandmother.
Dakolo started singing in church at the age of twelve. In 2003 he joined the singing groupPurple Loveas a founding member. They dominated the Port Harcourt club circuit, but disbanded in 2005 as its members had gained admission into the University of Port Harcourt. BeforeIdol, he won a local talent hunt contestG.E FACTOheld in Port Harcourt.
CAREER AND LIFE
He is the winner of the first season ofIdols West Africa. He was declared the winner on May 26, 2007 at the home of Idols, Planet One. The show was televised the next day. He beat out runner-up, Omawumi Megbelegetting 63% of the votes. With his victory, he took home many prizes including a recording contract with Sony BMG.
In 2006, Dakolo auditioned for reality show Idols West Africa in Calabar. His songs of choice were Commissioned’sMore Than Iand Lemar’sTime to Grow. His vocals impressed the judges, and was seen as a contender for the prize. A week before the viewing of the Top 24 performances, Dakolo received the news that his grandmother had died.
After winningIdol West Africain 2007, on January 1, 2008, on New Years Day, Timi Dakolo was shot at the lobby of the Presidential Hotel in Port Harcourt. He had gone to the hotel to attend a church service in the company of his friends. The attack was a random act of violence by a faction of Niger Deltamilitants and did not target Timi. Although a hotel security guard was murdered in the attack, Timi escaped with a flesh wound, was rushed to the hospital, treated and discharged on the same day. [ 1 ] Timi Dakolo released his first single comprising three songs in October 2009. In 2011, he released the song “There’s a Cry”. The music video was filmed in Nigeria. He is currently signed with Lone Records/Now Muzik.
He got married to in 2012 with 3kids. He was said that he gave his wife a newly completed duplex
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
he won The Hip-Hop World Awards ‘headie’ for the Best Recording of the year 2010 with his single,Heaven Pleasefeaturing MI.
No public endorsement yet.
RUMOURS AND SCANDALS
The singer has kept himself scandal and rumours free.
REFERENCES- wikipedia.org,facebook.com lindaikeji.blogspot.com www.takemetonaija.com