Renowned Nigerian singer Timaya, born Inetimi Alfred Timaya Odon, recently shared a candid account of his challenging journey through drug addiction during the 2020 lockdown.
In an interview with The Beat 99.9 FM in Lagos, the artist, famous for hits like “Dem Mama” and “Bum Bum,” opened up about his encounters with substance abuse.
During the lockdown, Timaya noticed the seemingly perpetual happiness of young individuals residing in his home.
Intrigued by their exuberance, he discovered they were using Molly, a synthetic drug with psychedelic effects.
Curiosity led him to try the substance, triggering both mental and physical repercussions.
Recalling his initial experience, Timaya revealed, “I did not understand myself. I was so happy that I dashed all the money in my pocket.”
This newfound happiness, fueled by the drug, resulted in significant weight loss and a distorted sense of well-being.
Timaya acknowledged the dangerous path he was treading, emphasising the importance of finding natural happiness rather than relying on substances.
The consequences of his addiction were severe, nearly costing him his life and causing the loss of valuable opportunities and relationships.
Timaya admitted that breaking free from the grip of drugs was an arduous struggle.
Despite the challenges, Timaya chose to embark on his journey to recovery without seeking professional rehabilitation.
Reflecting on his triumph over addiction, he asserted, “Breaking off from drugs was hell, it was a tough fight.” Today, Timaya proudly stands as a testament to resilience, having successfully overcome his struggles and redirected his focus towards his music and family.”