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2face [2baba] – Biography, Life And Other Fact You Need To Know

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Born on 18 September 1975, Innocent Idibia, professionally known as 2face [2baba, Tuface] is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, humanitarian, and activist.

He is the founder of Hypertek Entertainment.

Background

2face was born in Jos, Nigeria. The singer is from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State, in central Nigeria

Education

2facw attended Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi.

After he finished high school, he enrolled at the Institute of Management & Technology (IMT) in Enugu to study business administration and management.

While he was in IMT, 2Face began writing jingles at Enugu Broadcasting Services.

He later dropped out of school to pursue a career in music.

Early Career

2face started his music career while in IMT. The singer dropped out of school to pursue a career in music.

He left Enugu for Lagos, where he started collaborating with singer Blackface (Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo) who he met during his secondary education. They decided to start a band with another musician, Faze Faze(Chibuzor Oji).

The trio named their band Plantashun Boiz and released two successful albums: Body and Soul (2000), Sold Out (2003).

2face [2baba] – Biography, Life And Other Fact You Need To Know

In 2004, the band broke up, and each musician went to start a solo career.

2face used that opportunity to show all his talents. He released albums like: Face 2 Face (2004), Grass 2 Grace (2006).  Grace to grace contain hits songs like “One Love”, “True Love, “4 Instance”.

In 2006, his song “African Queen” was used in the soundtrack for the film, Phat Girlz. On numerous occasions, BlackFace claimed 2Face was performing songs co-written by both of them and not remitting revenues to him. He also accused him of stealing “African Queen”.

In 2007, all the members of the band reunited for the purpose of recording a third and final album entitled Plan B (2007).

In 2008, 2face produced his next album “The Unstoppable”. The album’s international edition was released in 2010 under the title “The Unstoppable International Edition”.

The international edition of the album won two awards at the 2010 SoundCity Music Video Awards. 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.

2face set up his own record label known as Hypertek Entertainment, upon leaving the music label Kennis Music after the release of his second solo album.

The  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”

Personal life

2Baba got married to his longtime girlfriend, actress Annie Macaulay on 2 May 2012 in a private ceremony.

A civil ceremony was also held in Dubai, UAE on March 23, 2013 and had a high attendance of celebrities.

Their marriage is blessed with 2 girls; Olivia Idibia and Isabella Idibia.

2face [2baba] – Biography, Life And Other Fact You Need To Know

Meanwhile, 2Baba is father to 7 kids. He had 5 kids from 2 previous relationships.

Nino[ Son] and Zino[Son] was born by Sumbo Ajaba, Rose[daughter] and 2Baba Justin [son] to Pero Adeniyi Rose . The other child is Innocent Idibia.

2face [2baba] – Biography, Life And Other Fact You Need To Know

Albums

Face 2 Face [2004]

Grass 2 Grace [2006]

The Unstoppable [2009]

The Unstoppable International Edition [2010]

Away & Beyond [2012]

The Ascension [2014]

Face 2 Face 10.0 [2014]

Rewind.Select.Update [2015]

Some of 2face’s 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 ft. Larry Gaaga

Amaka ft Peruzzi

Oyi ft HI Idibia

Frenemies

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Important

2face Awards

One MTV Europe Award

One World Music Award

One BET Award One MOBO Award

One KORA Award

Two SoundCity Music Video Award

Four Channel O Music Video Awards

Four MTV Africa Music Awards Five Headies Awards, and lots of nominations

In May 2016, 2Baba received an honorary Master of Arts in Music degree from Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Nigeria.

In March 2019, he was awarded a honorary fellow of the school of music by the Music Department, Obafemi Awolowo University.

Philanthropy

2Baba own an NGO called The 2Baba Foundation. The foundation’s work is centered on nation-building, peaceful co-existence, and accountability in governance.

In 2009, 2faba was appointed as ambassador by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. The singer released the song “Man Unkind” to raise awareness on the menace of fake and sub-standard food and drug products in Nigeria

Same year,  2baba was appointed 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.

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

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).

2face [2baba] – Biography, Life And Other Fact You Need To Know

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