Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo (born in Ogwule, Agatu, Benue State, Nigeria),[1] known by his stage name Blackface Naija or just Blackface, is a Nigerian dancehall, ragga, reggae singer, and songwriter. He is best known as co-writer of "African Queen" with 2Baba, a song made famous by the latter after it appeared on his debut solo album Face 2 Face in 2004 to become an international hit.

Blackface Naija
Birth nameAhmedu Augustine Obiabo
Also known asBlackface
BornOgwule, Agatu, Benue State, Nigeria
OriginIjebu-Ode, Ogun
GenresDancehall, ragga, reggae, hip hop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active1997–present
Formerly ofDefunct Plantashun Boyz

In Plantashun Boyz edit

Blackface was a founding member of the Nigerian band Plantashun Boyz that he formed in 2000 with 2Baba and musician Chibuzor Oji (better known as Faze). Blackface and 2Baba met during his secondary education in Benue.[2] Faze joined a brief while later in Enugu.

The band released two successful albums Body and Soul in 2000 and Sold Out in 2003. The band broke up in 2004, to be briefly reunited in 2007 for just one more album Plan B.

Although he kept sustainable relations with Faze, his rift with 2Baba widened, particularly over the rights to the song "African Queen".[3][4]

Solo career edit

After the Plantashun Boiz split up in 2004, Blackface led a solo musical career. He released the hip hop album Ghetto Child in May 2004 collaborating with several artists. The album contains "Hard Life" featuring Alabai as the first single. He also recorded a full album for his crew D Tribunal called What We Are.

After Ghetto Child, he released Evergreen, Jungle Fever, Me, Musiq and I, Dancehall Business, and the prospective Defender.[3]

Personal life edit

Blackface was married to Dayo for eight years and has two children, Caroline and Alex.[citation needed][5] The couple agreed to separate, pending divorce procedures.[6][7]

References edit

  1. ^ "GistVillage.com". Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Here's both sides of the story as Blackface says 2baba is suing him for N50M". Pulse. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b "2face, Blackface and the controversial 'African queen' – Nigerian Entertainment Today – Nigeria's Number 1 Entertainment Daily". Nigerian Entertainment Today – Nigeria's Number 1 Entertainment Daily. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  4. ^ "allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Blackface/Tuface Rift Grows Wider". allAfrica.com. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  5. ^ "MUSICIAN,BLACKFACE MARRIAGE CRASHES". The Nigerian Voice. 6 September 2011. Archived from the original on 31 December 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Vnolly.com". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  7. ^ NigerianSounds: Blackface Naija Says “2 Face Cheated Me” Talks About His Forthcoming Album And Marital Status Archived 22 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine