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Timaya – Egberi Papa One (Artist Review)



Timaya is probably the most consistently good musician in Nigeria over the past decade, and there’s a reason he’s been in the game for a long time. At any point in time, he might not be the biggest star, but he’s always up there with the big leagues, and has top 10 singles every year that spin in heavy rotation.

Timaya is known as the “Egberi papa one” of Bayelsa and is really proud of his roots. He started his music hustle from the streets of Port Harcourt before moving over to the Lagos market where he rose to prominence in the entertainment scene.

Majority of the tracks in his debut albums were a reflection of his past life and the struggles he went through as young teenager to survive in Port Harcourt and the crisis in his home town, Odi in Bayelsa State.


True Story (2007), Gift And Grace (2008), De Rebirth (2010) and LLNP Long Life N Prosperity (2011).


Afrotainment-Museke Online African Music Awards

2011:Best Afro-Dancehall song, ” Plantain Boy” (Won) Nigeria Music Awards

2008: Album of the Year, True Story (Won)
The Headies

2008 : Best Reggae/Dancehall Album, True Story (Won)

2009 : Best Reggae/Dancehall Album, Gift and Grace (Won)

2009 : Best Collaboration, “Good or Bad” (with J. Martins and P-Square ) (Won)

2009 : Artiste of the Year (Nominated)

2010 : Best Collaboration, “Kokoroko” (with Kefee) (Won)

Nigeria Entertainment Awards
2014 : Indigenous Artist of the Year (Nominated)

2015: Afrimma Best Dancehall Artist (Nominated)

2016: Afrimma Best Dancehall Act of the Year (Nominated)

2017: Afrimma Dancehall Act of the Year (Won)

2018: Afrimma Best African Reggae/Dancehall Act (Nominated)

2018: Grammy Morgan Heritage’s Reggae Night (Global Remix) off the album Avrakedabra

In 2011, Timaya was appointed a Peace Ambassador by the Inter religious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP).

Dr. Hak Ja Haan Moon, co-founder of the IIFWP, stated that he is “one of those individuals whose lives exemplify the ideal of living for the sake of others, and who dedicate themselves to practices which promote the founding ideals of the IIFWP.