Timi Dakolo Reveals That He Hawked Pure Water & Plantain Chips As A Youngster

In a new interview with Naijapals, Soul singer Timi Dakolo opens up on his career & the struggles he faced while growing up. Read excerpts below:


On how he makes his money, he said:

I make my money from shows. Because you don’t see me on these publicized music concerts doesn’t mean I don’t get shows. I make money performing at corporate events. I get paid well for performing at birthday and private parties….

He said he used to hawk pure water and plantain chips while growing up 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 also revealed that things were still very tough for him after winning Nigerian Idols…

The big break didn’t come immediately after Idol. Despite the 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.



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