How a street hawker helped Timaya make his 1st N500,000

Posted on October 10 2016 , at 11:29 am
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  • Timaya 'Egberi Papa' has probably the most unbelievable grass to grace story on his bio. The turning point in his tale lends voice to my reminder.

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Timaya’s grass to grace story is arguably the most touching

They lied to us when they told us that all that opportunity does to announce itself is ‘knock’.

No my brother, sometimes it whispers very faintly, whistles, snaps the finger or even gives a head nod.

The notion that a loud knock on your door that is difficult to ignore, is the sole signature signal of opportunity, is both misleading and outdated.

Timaya ‘Egberi Papa’ has arguably the most unbelievable grass to grace story on his bio. The turning point in his tale lends voice to my reminder.

One hot afternoon after the usual rounds of pubs with his CD to get night time DJ spins, he decides to give hawkers on the streets copies for some day time distribution. One of the hawkers said casually to him, ‘You for go meet ma senior brother make e sell more for you.’

Not bad for a man who started out like this!
Not bad for a man who started out like this!

Too tired to jump on a bus to some elder brother of a street hawker in his small kiosk in PH but he listened, took the number and called.

Long story cut short. Danko, the elder brother, was not a small time retailer in PH but a big time marketer in Alaba, Lagos. And so Timaya made his first half a million and then a second album went for N24m. Likely still an unbeaten deal in Alaba.

Did you take note of how passively opportunity signalled? No glaring jamboree, just the words of a street boy.

Stop waiting for a trumpet to herald open chances for you to take. Every day someone meets somebody that can change his life. Many let the signal go because they are waiting for the dream day when they would be stuck in an elevator with Dangote. This is not Telemundo, it is your life. Wake up and shine your eye. Be more discerning and humble so you can see, hear and feel opportunity come around you and seize it.

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