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T I M I X
The Man ® The Music ® The Movement
On October 7th, 1992, Oluwatimilehin (Timi) Ajayi made his first entrance at Whittington Hospital in London. Shortly after his birth, young Timi moved to Anthony Village in Lagos Nigeria with his mother where he settled into the stir of the lively city. A hubbub of ambition, creativity, and contradiction, Lagos offered Timi the most fertile of soils for his mind to flourish.
Described by his mother as a ‘’wonderful’’ child, Timi shied away from ordinary child’s play and immersed himself in artwork, dance and of course music. Timi’s flair for the arts grew. He started competing in national competitions gaining confidence and a deep appreciation of the mastery of expression. As he grew older, he gravitated more towards music and found solace in the expression form of poetry. Although he was still a student, Timi began to write thought-provoking pieces on the obscurities of life with exceptional maturity and eloquence. His talent for literary expression was undeniable and so was his desire to have his words heard. Before long, Timi found himself performing his pieces to his family and friends with a rhythm and passion that was unparalleled. It was then, in the most unassuming of towns, a diamond surfaced amongst the rough.
In the years that followed Timi evolved to who we know today as Timix – an incredibly stylish and dynamic lyricist and performing artist. He has released two well-received mixtapes, ‘Mixed Breed’ and ‘Mindful Madness’ in addition to a number of successful singles such as ‘Ko Wole’ and ‘Konji Na Bastard’. During this period, he also completed an undergraduate degree at the top ten English Russel Group institution Lancaster University and obtained a first class qualification at Harvard Summer School. Armed with a sharp mind and pencil, Timix is on a steady path to challenge the crippling status quo which governs certain standards in Nigeria and (ultimately) globally through the power of music.
‘’What will be said of you when you’re dead?
Will they talk about your cars?
Will they talk about your bread?
Will they talk about your clothes, jewels or about your girls?
I guess not, so I will chase wisdom instead...
You know why? Because much is given much is expected.’’
Timix – Intro (Much Is Given Much Is Expected)
from the mixtape ‘Mindful Madness’ 2014
For years Nigeria has been engaged in a crippling battle with the levitation that is corruption, mismanagement, and ignorance. Auxiliary to this are a set of values which exasperate matters such as the negative perception of women in society, the war that is tribalism and the aggressive and unrelenting desire for money and material wealth. Timix grew up and continues to live amidst this battle, yet sees the potential for change. Guided by the principle that ‘’to whom much is given, much is expected’’, he understands that he has a practical duty to contribute to positive efforts which serve to better the nation and the continent.
’We’re commentating, player hating on the elders with plantations
while they’re monopolizing the nation's celebrations.
Instead of hating those on left, perpetrating what is right,
we led dogs to our destination…
We’re the chess players steady blaming the kings.’’
Timix – Embezzled from the mixtape ‘Mindful Madness’ 2014
Timix creates music which adds value to life. From the lyrics he constructs to his interaction with the audience, Timix is devoted to inspiring positive mind shifts in a real and tangible way. Music is the one universal language which has the power to evoke emotion, communicate meanings and encourage unity seamlessly. Through his use of spoken word, rap, and singing, Timix appeals to a broad spectrum of music lovers all in just one song. In spite of the values which continue to plague the nation, Timix continues to blossom like an unplucked rose – untouched and unbiased.
A new era is on the horizon in the Nigerian music industry - an era where hard work is valued over over-night success and substance is valued over superficiality. This era will be characterized by the growth of strong, intelligent, moral young men who see things differently to their fathers and treat their women as well they respect their mothers. It will inspire political reform and redefine mindsets whilst preserving the culture and encouraging growth. It will be a truly powerful movement and it will be led by one of the most ingenious minds of our generation: Timix.
‘’What kind of music do you make?’’ we asked,
to which he replied
‘’I make African music of the future.’’