Innocent Idibia was born on 18 September 1975 in the city of Jos, Nigeria. However, his actual state of origin is Benue. He is from the Idoma ethnic group precisely. Although born in Jos, 2Baba spent a huge part of his early life in the city of Makurdi, capital of Benue state. Upon the completion of his secondary education, he enrolled at Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu (IMT), and there he acquired a diploma 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. 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.
Years Active: 1994 – Present
Age: 43 years old
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. 2Baba started involving in music more while studying at IMT. He participated and performed at shows and parties organised within and around his institution. He moved to Lagos and started performing with Blackface Naija (Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo), whom he had met while studying at MIT. 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. He released an experimental album in 2009 called The Unstoppable releasing the single “Enter the Place”. Problems with album distribution in 2007 caused as a 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 2Baba 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. He is adored by his colleagues and every entertainer in the Nigeria music industry as a role model. 2Baba and heavyweight American Rapper Jay Z met in NYC 2014.
2Baba has experienced near-death events, including gunshots from an armed robbery near Oshodi, Lagos. On 2 May 2012, 2Baba and Annie Macaulay married in Lagos, Nigeria in a private ceremony.
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2Baba has also been an ambassador for quite a number of brands including Guinness, Nigerian Breweries etc. He is also the brand ambassador for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
2Baba is a recipient of several awards — including 1 MTV Europe Music Award, 1 World Music Award, 5 Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), 4 Channel O Music Video Awards, 1 BET award for his musical work, 4 MTV Africa Music Awards, 1 MOBO award and 1 KORA award.