Nigerian singer, Enitimi Alfred Odom, known as Timaya has said he would allow his daughter, Emmanuela, to become a stripper as an adult, if it would allow her fulfill her potentials in life.
“If today (my daughter) tells me, ‘daddy I want to be a stripper’, that’s her life. I brought her into this world. I just need to make her understand what is good and bad, what is right and wrong.”
In an interview with Vibe Magazine, father of two, said: “Fatherhood is life. Anything that is good comes easy. My music is my love and Emma is my life, so we are living it. Sometimes she tells me that “Daddy I don’t like that song, take it off”, and I will be like “why don’t you like it?” I’m trying to grow my kids in the way of love just so that they can be real. If I have bad breath, my daughter can tell me, “Daddy your breath does not smell nice”.
On whether he was likely to be married anytime soon, Timaya said: “No. I’m not a marriage material. I’m not ready for that.”
“Music and fatherhood is a happy life. I’m not living like I have to be serious because I’m doing music. It’s the job but that’s my life. I might just be doing music sometimes in the studio with my daughter but of course I’m a father, I know what is good for her at her age. So I can tell her “hey, It is bedtime now”.
“I’m a responsible dad also. Whatever makes her happy, 10 or 20 years down the line.
“If today she tells me daddy, I want to be a stripper, that’s her life. I brought her into this world.
“I just need to make her understand what is good and bad, what is right and wrong. Sometimes what you think is wrong for the child can be good for the child. Imagine, my father wanted me to be a banker, how? That’s not what I wanted to be.
I followed my dream. Just imagine if my parents had stopped me. This music that they never wanted me to do is what is taking the whole family somewhere, so, I think I should allow my daughter express herself.”
Timaya, who was featured on the cover of Vibe.ng magazine alongside King Perryy has declared that he is not ready for that phase yet,also opened up on how he manages to be a parent and a musician simultaneously and his marriage plans.