I could not sleep when I received my first N1 million — Timi Dakolo

Timi Dakolo


Renowned singer and songwriter, Timi Dakolo, shares his experience on how it felt to receive his first one million naira ever.

During a recent interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo, Timi Dakolo disclosed that his first-ever one million naira was a generous gift from a “kind-hearted individual” who spotted him on television when he was participating in the first edition of Idols West Africa in 2007.

I could not sleep when I received my first N1 million — Timi Dakolo

He went on to explain that this substantial gift had a profound impact on him, causing him to lose sleep and prompting changes in his way of speaking.

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In his words;

“There was somebody that gave me N1m from nowhere. I had never seen N10,000 before. The money I used to have then was always N1,300, N800, N1,200, and N520.

And somebody gave me N1m cash. He came to the hotel and gave me N1m. He said he doesn’t watch TV but he saw me on TV and he felt he should give me N1m.

“I saw N1m, I could not sleep. I was looking at the money. I said, ‘This money will change.’ I was speaking English that day. Me that used to disturb the whole place, I was quiet [sic]. I caught myself speaking good English.”

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