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Background information
Birth nameInnocent Ujah Idibia
Also known as
  • 2Baba
Born18 September 1975 (age 45)
Jos, Nigeria
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • entrepreneur
  • Vocals
Years active1994–present
Associated acts
(m. 2012)

Innocent Ujah Idibia (born 18 September 1975), known by his stage name 2Baba, is a Nigerian singer, musician, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, humanitarian, and activist.[1][2][3] Prior to July 2014, he went by the stage name 2face Idibia.[4] He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa.[5][6][7] 2Baba is the first winner of MTV Europe, Best African Act Award in 2015.[1]

In 2019, tubaba, in collaboration with other artistes like Cohbams and Timi Dakolo to release a song for the creation of awareness of the Rights of children.[8]


Early life

Innocent Idibia was born in Jos, Nigeria. He is from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State, in central Nigeria.[9] He attended Mount Saint Gabriel's Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State. Tuface enrolled at Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu (IMT), where he did his preliminary National Diploma course in Business Administration and management. While attending IMT, Idibia 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 of school 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".[10]

In 2016, he officially changed his name from tuface to 2Baba.[11]

In Plantashun Boiz

He moved to Lagos and started performing with rapper Blackface Naija. He met BlackFace during his secondary education in Benue.[12] With Blackface (Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo) and with musician Faze (Chibuzor Orji), 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)[13] 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).[14]

On numerous occasions, BlackFace claimed 2Face was performing songs co-written by both of them and not remitting revenues to him. After a long legal and media battle, the matter was finally laid to rest amicably.[15]

Solo career

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 likes "One Love", "True Love, "4 Instance". 2face 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.[16]

2Baba released an experimental album in 2009 called The Unstoppable which includes the single"Enter the Place". Problems with album distribution in 2007 caused a shift of the release date of the album from 2008 to early 2009. In 2010, 2Baba released an "International Edition" of the same album with the title The Unstoppable International Edition making him the first Nigerian artist to have an appropriately priced international album.[17][18] 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.[19] 2Baba 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.[20]

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.[21] 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".[22]

2Baba has also been an ambassador for a number of brands including Guinness, Nigerian Breweries and many others.[23] He is also the brand ambassador for National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.[24]

In 2019, 2Baba became the first and official brand ambassador for Oraimo.[25]

FORTYfied All-Star Tribute Concert

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.[26] Hosted by Basketmouth, the STAR Lager Beer-sponsored concert was held on 20 September 2015 at the Eko Hotel and Suites Convention Centre.[27] 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.[28]

He is also the owner of the Buckwyld and Breathless concert.[29]

Personal life and marriage

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.[30][31] A civil ceremony was also held in Dubai, UAE on 23 March 2013 and had a high attendance of celebrities.[32][33]

The celebrity couple are parents to two girls; Olivia Idibia and Isabella Idibia. He was once in a relationship with two other women Sumbo Ajala-Adeoye and Pero Adeniyi.2face fathered two children with Sumbo Ajala and three children with Pero Adeniyi.[2] 2face is a father to 7 kids; 5 kids from 2 previous relationships.[34]

2Baba has survived near-death events, including gunshots from an armed robbery incident near Oshodi, Lagos.[18][35]


2Baba has established an NGO called The 2Baba Foundation.[36] 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.[37] He released a song "Man Unkind" to raise awareness on the menace of fake and sub-standard food and drug products in Nigeria.[38] In 2009, Idibia 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.[39]

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.[40] 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).[41]

On 23 June 2020, Idibia was appointed as the new Regional Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNCHR).[42] He was the first Nigerian to receive this kind of appointment from UNHCR.[43]

Social Crusade and Activism

2Baba has over the years lend his voice to the voice of the oppressed using his celebrity status to bring more awareness to issues of governance in his country and in Africa at large.[44] in April 2021, he chided the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for frustrating travelers by collecting a mandatory fee (about N50,000 - fifty thousand Naira) for Covid 19 arrival test on the NCDC's portal and the portal not delivering the necessary QR Codes needed for this test. A lot of travelers were stranded because of this.[45]


On 25 January 2017, Tuface made an announcement through his Instagram handle that he would be leading a nationwide protest on 5 February 2017; the protest was against obnoxious policies implemented by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.[46][47][48] In a way to stop the protest, the administration through the Lagos state police commissioner Fatai Owoseni, released a statement that the protest was ban in the state, stating that hoodlums would hijack it and use the protest to cause havoc, the statement was rebuffed and ignored publicly why publicity of the protest continued on social media.[49][50]

On 4 February 2017, Tuface released a video that he was cancelling the protest due to security reasons but rumors circulating around the digital space have it that the administration through the DSS picked him up earlier that day and pressured him to cancel the much-hyped protest, though he later made a series of tweets from his official Twitter account to deny the claim.[51][52][53]




2Baba has received one MTV Europe Music Award,[citation needed] 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,[56] and numerous additional nominations.

In May 2016, 2Baba received an honorary Master of Arts in Music degree from Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Nigeria.[57][58]

In March 2019, he was awarded an honorary 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 20 March 2019.[59]

In August 2019, 2Baba was appointed as the Good cause Ambassador for the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).[60]

See also


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