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Timi Dakolo Biography: Education, Career, Family, Songs, Awards, and Net Worth

Timi Dakolo is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and music producer. He was crowned champion of the first season of Idols West Africa in 2007. Many of his hit songs have earned him numerous awards and global recognition.

Early Life & Education

Timi Dakolo was born on January 20, 1981, in Accra, Ghana, to a Nigerian father, David, and a Ghanaian mother, Norah Kimmy Head, who died when Dakolo was thirteen years old. Timi has always claimed Nigeria despite being born in Ghana. His grandmother, Ateni Dakolo, and auntie, Susan Larry, raised him in Port Harcourt, and he credits his auntie as his first singing teacher. Their bond was so strong that Timi turned down an offer to move to Lagos with his friends, preferring to stay in Port Harcourt with them.

Timi began singing in church at the age of twelve. In 2003, he became a founding member of the musical group Purple Love. They dominated the Port Harcourt club circuit before abruptly disbanding in 2005. He earned a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Port Harcourt. After winning West African Idols, he went on to study songwriting in order to pursue a career as a songwriter.


Idols West Africa

Dakolo auditioned for the reality show Idols West Africa in 2006 in Calabar, Nigeria’s Cross River State. His vocals wowed the judges, and he was tipped as a possible winner. Timi Dakolo was never in the bottom three during the tournament. Timi received the most votes in each of the final three weeks of the competition, according to the show’s producers. Timi’s grandma died a week before the Top 24 performances were to be viewed during the competition. This was a major emotional setback for him.

After Idols West Africa

In October 2009, Timi Dakolo released his first single, which consisted of three tracks. He published the song “There’s a Cry” in 2011. He is currently signed with Muzik as his record label. Timi Dakolo is one of The Voice Nigeria’s judges. In November 2019, Timi Dakolo released “Merry Christmas, Darling,” a Christmas album including guest duets from Emeli Sandé and Kenny G.

Personal Life

Escaped Death

Timi Dakolo was shot in the lobby of the Presidential Hotel in Port Harcourt on January 1, 2008, on New Year’s Day, after winning Idol West Africa in 2007. He went to the hotel with a group of friends to attend a religious service. Timi was not targeted in the attack, which was a random act of brutality by a section of Niger Delta insurgents. Even though a hotel security guard was killed in the attack, Timi escaped with only a flesh wound and was transported to the hospital, where he was treated and released the same day.

Marital Life

In 2012, Timi Dakolo got married to Busola Dakolo. The marriage is blessed with three children.



2019: Merry Christmas, Darling


2011: Beautiful Noise


2021: Everything (Amen)

2020: Take Ft. Olamide

2019: White Christmas

2019: Merry Christmas Darling feat. Emeli Sande

2018: I Never Know Say

2017: Medicine

2016: The Vow

2015: Wish Me Well

2014: Iyawo Mi

2013: Send Down the Rain

2011: There’s a Cry

2011: Great Nation

Awards & Nominations

Year Event Prize Result
2019 The Entrepreneur Africa Awards The Entrepreneur Africa Prize For Music Business Won
2017 Nigerian Entertainment Award Nigerian Entertainment Award for Inspirational Artis Nominated
2916 Nigeria Entertainment Award nominee Best Song of the Year Won
2016 City People Music Award RnB Artist of the Year Nominated
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Award Alternative Artist of the Year Nominated
2016 The Headies Award Best R&B Single Won
2016 The Headies Award Best Vocal Performance (Male) Won
2016 The Headies Award Best Recording of the Year Won
2015 COSCON Award Best Love Song Won
2015 COSCON Award Best Song in Lyrics Nominated
2015 Nigeria Entertainment Award R&B Artist of the Year Nominated
2014 The Headies Best Vocal Performance Won
2014 Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Cinematography Nominated
2014 Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best High-Life Video Nominated

Net Worth

According to multiple but unverified sources, Timi Dakolo’s net worth is estimated at $2.1 million.



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