Celebrity musician Timaya from Nigeria recently shared details of his terrifying battle with drug addiction, throwing light on a time when his life and career were on the verge of collapse.
The Afro-dancehall performer revealed in a passionate way the significant influence of his trip, which functions as a warning story and an encouraging example of perseverance.
Timaya discussed his dark days when drug addiction threatened to consume him in an open interview with The Beat FM, exposing the toll it took on his physical and emotional health. The artist, whose true name is Inetimi Timaya Odon, acknowledged that drug use momentarily impairs judgement and puts him in danger.
The “Bum Bum” crooner revealed that realising how damaging his habits were and how much of a toll they were taking on his life and career marked a turning point in his life.
Timaya highlighted the significance of self-awareness in overcoming addiction, admitting that it necessitated a strong resolve to alter.
“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 disclosed that he depended on the chemical to feel satisfied.
“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
The singer stressed the value of having a strong support network when overcoming addiction and expressed gratitude for the help he had from family and friends during his sobriety journey.
Beyond the immediate effects, Timaya’s confession highlights the widespread problem of drug usage in the entertainment sector. Because of the expectations and temptations of popularity, artists may turn to unhealthy habits for comfort, which is why Timaya’s candour about his troubles is so important.