Winner, Idols West Africa, Timi Dakolo, has opened on marriage and
fatherhood describing it as the climax of every man’s dream.
In a chat with SUN Newspaper, the vocal powerhouse, who tied the
knot in 2012 to his baby mama, Busola, declared that marriage has
See excerpts below:
“Marriage has really transformed me,” Dakolo begins, a soft smile
playing across his lips as he speaks, “life is not just what it used to
be any more I must confess. I can’t do a lot of things I want to do
anymore because now I am married and it has made me more responsible.
These days I think for more than just one person. Marriage makes you
start every journey with an end in mind and that is the joy of being
“Even as I speak to you I am thinking of how I will pay school fees
and house rent. A lot of responsibility comes with marriage but then, it
also comes with a lot of favour; undeserved favour, favour you can’t
even explain being showered upon you from left right and centre.
“When you are married and your home is stable, it comes with a lot of
blessings you can’t explain. People treat you differently, even God
Himself brings things your way and you begin to see the world
differently because things just click,” he says, snapping his fingers
to drive home his point adding, “you can’t even explain why and you
don’t know how it happens; that is the truth. Especially if you are at
peace in your home, things just begin to click.”
Timi says he is grateful to God for the understanding he has with his
wife, Busola, the mother of his kids and discloses that one thing he
has always prayed to God for is an understanding and caring wife who
would understand him and his moods because of his creativity.
“Before I got married I prayed to God for a woman who would
understand me and my moods because I could be very easily distracted and
destabilised so I wanted a woman that would not give me trouble but
rather, complement me.
“The truth is when I am troubled and distressed I could be the least
creative person for as much as four days at a stretch so because I
wanted peace in my home, because I wanted somebody that would understand
when I tell her that ‘baby, you can’t talk to me now I am writing,’ and
she wouldn’t get upset, I had to pray a lot and I thank God I found
that person in my wife.
“Now you could tell that to some people and they would get very angry
and upset with you but my wife does not because she understands and
sometimes, when I am busy and the kids are getting in the way she tells
them ‘don’t go there, daddy wants to be alone.’
“She understands my moods. That is how we are. She is my greatest
critique. A man’s greatest achievement is marriage. Marriage has
transformed even my music.”
So dedicated is Timi to his wife that he has dedicated a song to her on his latest album entitled Iyawo Mi.
“Yes of course, Iyawo Mi is a song on my soon to be released
album,” Dakolo says excitedly. “The single was released a while ago and
it is dedicated to my wife. I can’t be singing R&B and not dedicate
a song to my wife; it is not possible.”
So now that he is married, are the girls still coming after him? He
pauses for a while before he responds philosophically quoting a Bible
passage: “The Bible says ‘many are the afflictions of the righteous
man.’ What I do is that I stay out of trouble and the way I avoid
temptation is by sitting in my house and watching football, playing
video games and doing music, and I am always so happy at the end of the
“I always try to push my wife in people’s faces whenever I have the
opportunity because when it comes to temptation, no man is as strong as
he thinks he is and that is the truth. So if you want to avoid
temptation, just sit in your house and don’t forget that our industry is
a very unforgiving one; I don’t want scandals.”
Idols West Africa
The vocal powerhouse also used the opportunity to talk about his
experience at Idols West Africa, the platform that gave him a name and a
voice and how he never believed he could be so successful musically.
“I had big dreams but music was not part of it,” Dakolo recounts, “I
stumbled on music basically. Sometimes you stumble on destiny on the
road you are taking to avoid it. It began with somebody telling me to go
for West African Idols. It was after West African Idols that
I now said ‘okay, music is something I just might do’ because in my
house those days, you can’t say you want to do music unless you are out
of your mind! They will tell you to first return all the fees they paid
to get you through school,” he says laughing.
Love & Consequences
With three successful albums in the kitty, Timi says work is
currently ongoing on his next body of work. Commenting on his new album
Timi continues: “I am recording a new album entitled Love & Consequences.
It is a 14 tracker. I have been in Georgia, Atlanta, recording live
with Cohbams because I want my music to have that unique live feel.
“Love & Consequences is almost ready. The message is
that there are consequences for getting married whether negative or
positive. I have a song that is entitled Iyawo Mi which was released a while ago and dedicated to Busola my wife: the video is currently trending on YouTube. I have Wish Me Well, there is The Vow and there is also Stranded. My Great Nation song is also on this album.
“And guess what; I have also started working on the album after this one entitled Ateni’s Grandson which is dedicated to my late grand mum, the woman who raised me.
“Ateni’s Grandson is basically about the things she told me
about life and a few songs from here and there. There is another album I
am also working on entitled The Rock Side of Things. Like I said earlier, marriage will make you start a journey with an end in mind.”
No more kids please…
And just three years after he tied the knot, Timi reveals that he now
has three kids and he is through with making babies: “I have three kids
now and I can confidently tell you that my wife and I are done making
children; no more kids because I have three already. I am done with
Three kids in four years, how did he pull it off? “My name is Timi
Dakolo and I get away with a lot of things,” he concludes