Renowned Nigerian singer Inetimi Alfred, better known as Timaya, has revealed his harrowing battle with drug addiction during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.
In an intimate interview with The Beat 99.9 FM, Lagos, shared via the station’s Instagram account, Timaya candidly discussed how his addiction spiraled after being introduced to Molly, a synthetic drug with psychedelic effects, by young associates living with him.
Initially finding solace and happiness in the drug, Timaya soon faced the grim consequences, including severe weight loss and financial turmoil. He admitted to consuming three pills of Molly daily, erroneously equating it to medication.
The singer’s awakening came when he confronted the stark realities of his addiction, including significant financial losses and strained relationships.
Timaya said, “I am not a saint. I have done drugs. Breaking off from drugs was a hell, it was a tough fight.
“I got introduced to drugs during the COVID-19 lockdown, in 2020. Everybody was home and there were those young guys in my house who were always so happy.
“And I was like, ‘Bro, how are you guys happier than me? I am the boss, I got money. What are you guys on?’ And they told me that they got Molly.
“When I took it, I did not understand myself. I was so happy that I dashed all the money in my pocket. So I wanted to just keep feeling like that.
“That was how I lost a lot of weight. I was not eating, I was just happy. How you go just want dey happy? You are supposed to, first of all, be happy naturally. But when you now need substance to make you happy, it replaces natural happiness. So you have to be buying happiness.
“When I said I was taking Molly, I was taking like three pills every day and it felt like medication.
“I got kicked out of jobs, contracts… people I was doing business with did not want to work with me again.”