When Timi Dakolo sang about coming from poverty in Let it Shine, the lead single of his debut album Beautiful Noise, the world stopped to listen to the powerful voice of the young artiste who told touching stories about having little while growing up, and the strong family that stood beside him.
And Timi’s light is still shining, because 10 years after he emerged the winner of the inaugural edition of West African Idols in 2007, the singer still headlines the crop of artistes telling evocative stories through their songs.
Writing on his Instagram today, the award-winning singer shared the photo of his old home in Diobu, Port Harcourt, and opened up more about his family’s struggles.
“It wasn’t always like this. Once upon a time it was the oversized shoe, so you would grow into it. The ‘no food this evening’. the mosquito war at night. The go home you haven’t paid school fees’. The ‘just manage, food go dey when you come back from school’. The constant dodging of the landlord,” On and on the singer went, listing the travails his family went through, and how they survived extreme poverty.
“In all, I had the most beautiful family, awesome uncles and aunties. Great cousins and friends,” he said, and describing the almost-rundown building in the photo, he added, “[This] was home for like 15 years.”
IT WASN'T ALWAYS LIKE THIS… ONCE UPON A TIME IT WAS THE OVERSIZE SHOE… SO YOU WOULD GROW INTO IT… THE "NO FOOD THIS EVENING…" THE MOSQUITO WAR AT NIGHT… THE "GO HOME YOU HAVEN'T PAID SCHOOL FEES…" THE "JUST MANAGE FOOD GO DEY WHEN YOU COME BACK FROM SCHOOL…" THE CONSTANT DODGING OF THE LANDLORD.. THE "NO CHRISTMAS DRESS THIS YEAR…" THE HUSTLE TO MEET UP WAEC FEE BEFORE DEADLINE… THE SANITATION FEE… THE "NO WORRY MY PIKIN E GO BETTER…" IN ALL I HAD THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FAMILY… AWESOME UNCLES AND AUNTIES… GREAT COUSINS AND FRIENDS… THE HOUSE ON MY PICTURE WAS HOME FOR LIKE 15 YEARS… SHA SHA, WE ENJOYED NO. 15 "CHRIST APOSTOLIC STREET…" MILE 3 DIOBU, PORT HARCOURT… THIS PICTURE SHOWS THERE IS A GOD… AND HE IS INTERESTED IN YOUR MATTER…
Timi Dakolo’s success hasn’t changed him; he remains the cool, amazing human being many people remember him to be. The Great Nation singer never fails to keep his family close to him – even on his social media pages
And though he has been largely successful at home and Africa in general, the singer looks forward to the day he would bring a Grammy home, a dream he revealed in April 2015 when he visited the Grammy Museum.
“Every day I challenge my mind. I try to do great things. I go where greatness dwell and I stand where greatness stood,” he said.
Now, he is standing at the place his story started, looking back at how far he has come, while wishing, and daring fans to embrace greatness.
“There is a God and He is interested in your matter,” he tells fans today.