Renowned Nigerian singer, Timaya, recently shared his harrowing battle with drug addiction, offering insights into a tumultuous period that nearly derailed his life and career.
In a poignant revelation, the Afro-dancehall artist delved into the profound impact of his journey, presenting both a cautionary tale and an inspiring narrative of resilience.
During a candid interview with The Beat FM, Timaya recounted the dark days when drug dependency threatened to engulf him, highlighting the toll it exacted on his mental and physical health. The artist, known by his real name Inetimi Timaya Odon, admitted that the allure of substance abuse momentarily clouded his judgment, leading him down a perilous path.
The “Bum Bum” crooner revealed that the turning point arrived when he recognized the destructive nature of his habits and understood the toll they were exacting on his life and career.
Timaya underscored the significance of self-awareness in overcoming addiction, emphasizing the profound commitment required for change.
“Everybody was home (during COVID) and there are those young guys in my house who are always so happy. I was like ‘Bro, how are you guys happier than me? I am the boss, I got money. What are you guys on?’ And they told me that they got molly (a popular recreational drug).”
“When I took it, I did not understand myself. I was so happy that I dashed all the money in my pocket,” Timaya said.
The artist revealed that he relied on the substance to experience a sense of happiness.
“How you go just want dey happy? You are supposed to, first of all, be happy naturally. But when you now need substance to make you happy, it replaces the natural happiness. So you have to be buying happiness,” he said