Biography Intro: Timi Dakolo is a Nigerian singer. He emerged winner of the inaugural season of Idols West Africa in 2007. With his victory, he got a recording contract with Sony BMG, in addition to other prizes.
NAME: Timi Dakolo
DATE OF BIRTH: January 20, 1981
PLACE OF BIRTH: Bayelsa State, Nigeria
FATHER: Bayelsa-native David
MOTHER: Ghanaian mother, Norah
MARRIED TO: Busola Dakolo (nee Amupitan)
HONORS AND AWARDS: 2010: Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year, winner of the inaugural season of Idols West Africa in 2007.
In 2006, Dakolo auditioned for reality show Idols West Africa in Calabar. His songs of choice were Commissioned’s More Than I and Lemar’s Time to Grow. His vocals impressed the judges, and he was seen as a contender for the prize. A week before the viewing of the Top 24 performances, Dakolo received the news that his grandmother had died.
Dakolo first auditioned in Calabar, Cross River State of Nigeria with Commissioned More Than I and Lemar’s Time to Grow.  While in the competition, Timi Dakolo was never in the bottom 3. In the final three weeks of the competition it was revealed by the producers of the show that Timi had the highest number of votes each of those weeks.
While in the competition, Timi’s grandmother died, a week before the viewing of the Top 24 performances. This was a big emotional blow to him. At that time, he turned to his Christian faith for strength to pull through in the competition. Before going to Idols West Africa, Timi was a student of Communication Studies in the University of Port Harcourt.