The founder of the popular Nigerian hip-hop group Dem Mama Soldiers, Timaya is also notable for his solo albums True Story (2007), Gift and Grace (2008), De Rebirth (2010), and Upgrade (2012). His numerous honors include a Nigeria Music Award, a Nigeria Entertainment Award nomination, and several Headies.
Before beginning his music career, he briefly studied finance. He subsequently became a backup singer for an Eedris Abdulkareem-fronted rap group.
His popular single "Plantain Boy" won an Afrotainment-Museke Online African Music Award in 2011.
Born Enetimi Alfred Odon, he grew up in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, with fourteen older siblings.
He and 2face Idibia are both well-known Nigerian hip hop artists.