Timi Dakolo, a well-known gospel performer, recently described his reaction when he received his first one million naira from an unknown source.
Dakolo, who won the inaugural season of “Idols West Africa” in 2007, admitted that before the moment he received the N1 million from the kind stranger at his hotel, he had never even seen N10,000.
The 42-year-old “Iyawo Mi” crooner stated in an interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo that after getting the money, his speech quickly altered and he suddenly started speaking “excellent English.”
“There was somebody who gave me N1M from nowhere. I had never seen N10,000 before.
“The money I used to have then was always N1,300, N800, N1,200, and N520. And somebody gave me N1m cash. He came to the hotel and gave me N1 million. He said he doesn’t watch TV, but he saw me on TV, and he felt he should give me N1M.
“I saw N1m; I could not sleep. I was looking at the money. I said, ‘This money will change.’ I was speaking English that day. Me, that used to disturb the whole place, I was quiet [sic]. I caught myself speaking good English.”