Timi Dakolo is a Nigerian singer who was born in Accra, Ghana, on January 20, 1981, to a Nigerian father, David, from Bayelsa, and a Ghanaian mother, Norah, who died when he was thirteen years old.

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In 2007, he won the first season of Idols West Africa, which earned him a recording contract with Sony BMG. His grandmother, Ateni Dakolo, and aunt, Susan Larry, raised him in Port Harcourt.

Timi began singing at church when he was twelve years old. He became a founding member of the musical group Purple Love in 2003. They ruled the Port Harcourt club scene until 2005, when all of their members were accepted into the University of Port Harcourt. Timi won a local talent hunt program called G.E FACTO in Port Harcourt around the same time.

Dakolo auditioned for the reality show Idols West Africa in 2006 in Calabar, Nigeria’s Cross River State.More Than I by Commissioned and Time to Grow by Lemar were two of his favorite songs.

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His vocals wowed the judges, and he was tipped as a possible winner. Timi received the most votes in each of the final three weeks of the competition, according to the show’s producers. Dakolo learned of his grandmother’s death a week before the Top 24 performances were to be viewed. Check out Timi Dakolo’s Songs, Videos and Albums below!