Innocent Ujah Idibia was born 18 September, 1975 in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria), known by his stage name (2face) and of recent 2Baba.
Is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur.
He is from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State, in central Nigeria. Prior to July 2014, he went by the stage name 2face Idibia. He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa, and is also one of the most remarkable artists in Nigeria and Africa as whole.
In 1996, 2face adopted the stage name “2Face” (Tuface). The reason he cited was to “trying to demarcate my personal life with my business life”.
His Educational Background
2face attended Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State, and Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu (IMT), where he did his preliminary National Diploma course in business administration and management. While attending IMT, he performed at school organised shows and parties, as well as other regional schools. He eventually dropped out to pursue his music career.
Personal life and marriage
2Face has experienced near-death events, including gunshots from an armed robbery. On 2 May 2012, 2Face Idibia and Annie Macaulay married in Lagos, Nigeria in a private ceremony. 2face announced his marriage via his Twitter page. Annie Macaulay and 2Face had their traditional wedding on 8 March 2013 in Eket, Akwa-Ibom State Nigeria. The couple also had a white wedding in Dubai, on Saturday 23 March 2013 with Nigerian and Ghanaian celebrities all present to see the long term couple tie the knot.
2Baba has received many awards. They are:
- One MTV Europe Music Award
- One World Music Award
- Five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award)
- Four Channel O Music Video Awards
- One BET awardfor his musical work
- Four MTV Africa Music Awards
- One MOBO award
- One KORA award and numerous additional nominations.
In Plantashun Boiz
He moved to Lagos and started performing with rapper Blackface Naija. He had met BlackFace while attending IMT. With Blackface (Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo) and with musician Faze (Chibuzor Oji), he went on to form the trio band Plantashun Boiz.
Plantashun Boiz released two successful albums: Body and Soul(2000) and Sold Out (2003)under the Nelson Brown’s owned Label (Dove Records) before disbanding in 2004.
After the disbandment of Plantashun Boyz in 2004, all band members sought separate musical careers. 2face Idibia released his debut solo album Face 2 Face (2004), which established him as a viable solo artist.
Following the release of his debut album, he released his second album Grass 2 Grace in 2006, which contained hits “One Love”, “True Love, “4 Instance”. He is the founder of Hypertek Entertainment.
In 2006, his song “African Queen” was used in the soundtrack for the film Phat Girlz, which was released internationally.
Upon leaving the music label Kennis Music, he set up his own record label known as Hypertek Entertainment. He is part of the Sony All African One8 Project alongside seven other musicians across Africa recording a single with R. Kelly and Prince Lee titled “Hands Across the World”.
He is the first non-Liberian to become an honorary member of the Liberian music society in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the growth of music in Africa. He has been named Red cross ambassador society of Nigeria.
2face has several collaborations all over the globe, giving his collaborators the opportunity to win awards for each duet such as street credibility by 9ice, possibility by p-square and lots more.
2face Idibia has also been an ambassador for quite a number of brands including Guinness, Nigerian Breweries etc. He is also the brand ambassador for National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
Guinness World Record for “Longest Dance Party” Kaffy and Multiple Award Winning Singer 2baba with the Executive Producer of My Funky Birthday TV Nig and PadMan Initiative Crooner at a reunion to work with this superstar on a Charity Project.
2Face has established an NGO called 2Face Idibia Reach-Out Foundation. whose motto is “service to humanity”.
In 2009, 2Face was appointed as ambassador by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. He released a song “Man Unkind” to raise awareness on the menace of fake and sub-standard food and drug products in Nigeria.
In 2009, he was presented with the prestigious International Youth Ambassador for Peace Summit and the Nigeria Youth Merit Award by the National Youth Council of Nigeria in recognition of his contributions to youth development in Nigeria.
His Net Worth:
2 Face net worth is unbelievably over $10 million dollars. His wife, Annie Idibia, 17 August 2015, announced that she has opened a beauty salon in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, called BeOlive Hair Studio. 2face has 7 children from 4 different women. He equally has a number of houses within Nigeria and abroad including flashy cars.
2face is therefore a good example of a well talented young man who has made a tremendous impact to the growth of music industry in Nigeria and the entire black race.