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Innocent Ujah Idibia (born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria), known by his stage name 2Baba, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. Prior to July 2014, he went by the stage name 2face Idibia.[1] He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa, and is also one of the most bankable performing music artistes in Africa.[2]

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2Baba attending the album release party for his sixth studio album, The Ascension.
Background information
Birth nameInnocent Ujah Idibia
Also known as2face Idibia 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Born (1975-09-18) 18 September 1975 (age 44)
shomolu, lagos, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • entrepreneur
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • vocal percussion
Years active1994–present
Labels
Associated acts
Spouse(s)
Annie Macaulay (m. 2012)

With over 2 decades of trailblazing and topping the charts in his industry, 2Baba remains a formidable force, and one of the most influential in the Nigerian Entertainment space.[3][4]

He is also a known philanthropist and humanitarian.[5][6][7]

Early lifeEdit

Innocent Idibia was born in Jos, Nigeria . He is from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State, in central Nigeria.[8] He attended Mount Saint Gabriel's Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State. He enrolled at 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 such as the University of Nigeria and Enugu State University of Science & Technology. He eventually dropped out to pursue his music career. While attending IMT, 2face Idibia started composing and singing jingles at the GB Fan Club at Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) in 1996.

Also in 1996, he adopted the stage name "2Face" (Tuface). He cited the reason as "trying to demarcate my personal life with my business life.[9]

In Plantashun BoizEdit

He moved to Lagos and started performing with rapper Blackface Naija. He had met BlackFace while attending IMT.[10] 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)[11] before disbanding in 2004. Relations were marred for many years during which the band broke up and its members started their solo careers. Long after the break-up known as the "Faze vs Tuface" beef, the band came back together in 2007 for the purpose of recording a third and final album entitled Plan B (2007).[10]

Solo careerEdit

After the disbandment of Plantashun Boyz in 2004, all band members sought separate musical careers. 2Baba 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.

 
Abstract painting Star studded of Idibia by designer Olufeko showcased at a pop-up exhibition themed ENCORE in December 2013

In 2006, his song "African Queen" was used in the soundtrack for the film Phat Girlz, which was released internationally.[12]

He released a experimental album in 2009 called The Unstoppable releasing the single "Enter the Place". Problems with album distribution in 2007 caused as shift of the release date of the album from 2008 to early 2009. In 2010, 2Baba released an "International Edition" of the same under the title The Unstoppable International Edition making him the first Nigerian artist to have an appropriately priced international album.[13][14] 2face released two more singles from the international version of his The Unstoppable album. The international edition of the album won two awards at the 2010 SoundCity Music Video Awards.[15] He also won the Channel O Music Video Awards Best African Western award and the MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Male and Artist of the year.[16]

Upon leaving the music label Kennis Music after the release of his second solo album, he set up his own record label known as Hypertek Entertainment.[17] 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".[18] 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. 2Baba has several collaborations all over the globe, giving his collaborators the opportunity to win an awards for each duet such as street credibility by 9ice, possibility by p-square and lots more. He is adored by his colleagues and every entertainer in Nigeria music industry as a role model. 2Baba and heavy weight American Rapper Jay Z met in NYC 2014.

2Baba has also been an ambassador for quite a number of brands including Guinness, Nigerian Breweries etc.[19] He is also the brand ambassador for National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.[20]

FORTYfied All-Star Tribute ConcertEdit

The FORTYfied All-Star Tribute Concert, stylised as #FORTYfied, was an all-star tribute concert organised by 2Baba to celebrate his 40th birthday and influence in the music of Nigeria.[21] Hosted by Basketmouth, the STAR Lager Beer-sponsored concert was held on 20 September 2015 at the Eko Hotel and Suites Convention Centre.[22] The concert was attended by dignitaries and featured performances from notable musicians including Wizkid, Burna Boy, Timaya, D'banj, Sound Sultan, Patoranking, Vector tha Viper, Wande Coal and Seyi Shay.[23]

He is also the owner of the Buckwyld and Breathless concert[24]

Personal life and marriageEdit

2Baba is married to Nigerian award-winning actress, movie producer, model and serial entrepreneur Annie Macaulay - Idibia. On 2 May 2012, 2Baba and Annie Macaulay married in Lagos, Nigeria in a private ceremony.[25][26] A civil ceremony also held in Dubai, UAE on March 23, 2013 and had a high attendance of celebrities.[27][28]

The celebrity couple are parents to 2 girls; Olivia Idibia and Isabella Idibia. 2Baba is father to 7 kids; 5 kids from 2 previous relationships.[29]

2Baba has survived near-death events, including gunshots from an armed robbery incident near Oshodi, Lagos.[14][30]

PhilanthropyEdit

 
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.

2Baba has established an NGO called The 2Baba Foundation.[31] whose motto is "service to humanity". Formerly known as The 2Face Reachout Foundation, and eventually The 2Face Foundation, the foundation underwent a name change in September 2016, and is now known as The 2Baba Foundation. The foundation's work is centred around nation building, peaceful co-existence, and accountability in governance.

In 2009, 2Baba was appointed as ambassador by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.[32] He released a song "Man Unkind" to raise awareness on the menace of fake and sub-standard food and drug products in Nigeria.[33] 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.[34]

In January 2017, 2Baba announced a partnership with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He made an initial donation of over US$11,000 to UNHCR for IDPs and returnees.[35] In June 2017, he released a dedicated IDP-awareness song titled Hold My Hand to mark the World Refugee Day, and promised 60 percent of the proceeds from the song to the IDP cause. He has also collaborated with other NGOs like The Nigerian RedCross Society, Enough is Enough (EiE)(Office of the Citizen campaign), Youngstars Foundation and National Democratic Institute (for Vote Not Fight campaign).[36]

DiscographyEdit

With 8 successful studio albums and several single tracks and features, 2Baba's music catalog is an enviable one.

AlbumsEdit

Singles:

  • Man Unkind
  • It’s In There ft. Ishmeal
  • Celebration (Naija @ 50) – ft. King David
  • Play Your Part – 2face ft. Sanni Danja and Eve B.
  • Break The Silence
  • Vote Not Fight
  • Coded Tinz – ft Phyno & Chief Obi.
  • Officially Blind
  • Oya Come Make We Go
  • Babylon ft MI
  • Mr Senator
  • Officially Blind Remix
  • Amplifier
  • Hold My Hand
  • Unconditional Love
  • In Love And Ashes
  • Holy Holy
  • Gaga Shuffle
  • Amaka ft Peruzzi
  • Oyi ft HI Idibia
  • Frenemies
  • etc.

AwardsEdit

Innocent '2Baba' Idibia is Africa's most decorated and awarded artistes. 2Baba has received one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Video Awards and one BET award for his musical work, four MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO award, one KORA award, 3 Afrima Awards,[37] and numerous additional nominations.

In May 2016, 2Baba received a honorary Master of Arts in Music degree from Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Nigeria.[38][39]

In March 2019, he was awarded a fellow of the school of music by the Music Department, Obafemi Awolowo University.This made him the pioneer recipient of the award which was presented to him at the first public lecture and fellowship award, held on the 20th of March 2019.[40]

In August 2019, 2Face was appointed as the Good cause Ambassador for the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).[41]

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