Harmless Ujah Idibia (born 18 September 1975), identified by his stage title 2Baba, is a Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, file producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, humanitarian, and activist. Famous for his vocal vary, lyrical depth, and longevity, he’s extensively considered considered one of Nigeria’s best musicians of all-time. He’s most influential for the rise in recognition of Nigerian pop music within the 2000s, and his solo debut album Face2Face (with the smash hit “African Queen“) ushered in a brand new wave of consciousness and reverence for Nigerian music amongst Africans on the continent and in diaspora. Previous to July 2014, he glided by the stage title 2face Idibia. 2Baba is the primary winner of MTV EMA Best African Act class in 2005, and is among the most awarded Nigerian musicians in historical past.
Harmless Ujah Idibia was born in Jos, Nigeria. He’s from the Idoma ethnic group within the southern a part of Benue State, in central Nigeria. He attended Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary Faculty in Makurdi, Benue State. Tuface enrolled on the Institute of Administration & Expertise, Enugu (IMT), the place he did his preliminary Nationwide Diploma course in Enterprise Administration and administration. Whereas attending IMT, Idibia carried out at college organised exhibits and events, in addition to different regional colleges such because the University of Nigeria and Enugu State University of Science & Technology. He ultimately dropped out of college to pursue his music profession. Whereas attending IMT, 2face Idibia began composing and singing jingles on the GB Fan Membership at Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) in 1996.
Additionally in 1996, he adopted the stage title “2Face” (Tuface). He cited the explanation as “making an attempt to demarcate my private life from my enterprise life”.
In 2016, he formally modified his title from Tuface to 2Baba.
In Plantashun Boiz
He moved to Lagos and began performing with fellow Benue singer Blackface Naija. He met Blackface throughout his secondary faculty schooling. With Blackface (Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo) and with musician Faze (Chibuzor Orji), he went on to type the trio band known as Plantashun Boiz.
Plantashun Boiz launched two profitable albums: Physique and Soul (2000) and Offered Out (2003) below Nelson Brown’s label (Dove Data) earlier than disbanding in 2004. Relations have been marred for a few years throughout which the band broke up and its members began their solo careers. Lengthy after the break-up referred to as the “Faze vs Tuface” beef, the band got here again collectively in 2007 for the aim of recording a 3rd and ultimate album entitled Plan B (2007).
On quite a few events, BlackFace claimed 2Face was performing songs co-written by each of them and never remitting revenues to him. After a protracted authorized and media battle, the matter was lastly laid to relaxation amicably.
After the disbandment of Plantashun Boyz in 2004, all band members sought separate musical careers. 2Baba launched his debut solo album Face 2 Face (2004), which has been listed by many publications as the best Nigerian debut album of the twenty first Century by a solo artist. The album spurned hits like “Nfana Ibaga”, “Ole”, and “African Queen” (which has been touted as one of many greatest hits to come back out of Africa and served because the sound observe to the 2006 Hollywood film Phat Girlz).
Following the discharge of his debut album, he launched his second album Grass 2 Grace in 2006, which contained hits likes “One Love”, “True Love, “4 Occasion”.
2Baba launched an experimental album in 2009 known as The Unstoppable which incorporates the only “Enter the Place”. Issues with album distribution in 2007 prompted a shift of the discharge date of the album from 2008 to early 2009. In 2010, 2Baba launched an “Worldwide Version” of the identical album with the title The Unstoppable International Edition making him the primary Nigerian artist to have an appropriately priced worldwide album 2face launched two extra singles from the worldwide model of his The Unstoppable album. The worldwide version of the album gained two awards on the 2010 SoundCity Music Video Awards. 2Baba additionally gained the Channel O Music Video Awards,Finest African Western award and the MTV Africa Music Awards for Finest Male and Artist of the 12 months.
Upon leaving the music label Kennis Music after the discharge of his second solo album, he arrange his personal file label referred to as Hypertek Digital. He’s a part of the Sony All African One8 Undertaking alongside seven different musicians throughout Africa recording a single with R. Kelly and Prince Lee titled “Palms Throughout the World”.
2Baba, in August 2016, grew to become the primary African ambassador of Italian alcoholic liqueur Campari. In 2005, he was named as an envoy of Guinness beer. He’s additionally the model ambassador for National Agency for Food and Drug Andministration and Control. In 2010, 2Baba signed an endorsement take care of Airtel Nigeria. When his contract with Airtel expired, he signed a brand new endorsement take care of Globacom telecommunication in Could 2019.2Baba was made the model ambassador of Pazino Houses and Gardens, an actual property agency, in July 2019. Tuface alongside Wizkid was chosen because the face of Hennessy artistry season in 2014. In 2019, 2Baba grew to become the primary and official model ambassador for Oraimo.
2Baba signed an endorsement take care of actual property model, pazino houses and backyard as he’s now there model ambassador.
FORTYfied All-Star Tribute Live performance
The FORTYfied All-Star Tribute Live performance, stylised as #FORTYfied, was an all-star tribute live performance organised by 2Baba to rejoice his fortieth birthday and affect within the music of Nigeria. Hosted by Basketmouth, the STAR Lager Beer-sponsored live performance was held on 20 September 2015 on the Eko Hotel and Suites Conference Centre. The live performance was attended by dignitaries and featured performances from notable musicians together with Wizkid, Burna Boy, Timaya, D’banj, Sound Sultan, Patoranking, Vector tha Viper, Wande Coal and Seyi Shay.
He’s additionally the proprietor of the Buckwyld and Breathless live performance.
Private life and marriage
2Baba is married to Nigerian award-winning actress, film producer, mannequin and serial entrepreneur Annie Idibia (née Macauley). On 2 Could 2012, 2Baba and Annie Macaulay married in Lagos, Nigeria in a non-public ceremony. A civil ceremony was additionally held in Dubai, UAE on 23 March 2013 and had a excessive attendance of celebrities.
The celeb couple are mother and father to 2 ladies: Olivia Idibia and Isabella Idibia.
Whereas in a relationship along with his then-girlfriend-turned-wife Annie Macaulay–Idibia, 2Baba fathered two kids with Sumbo Ajala and three with Pero Adeniyi. 2face has a complete of seven kids.
2Baba has survived near-death occasions, together with gunshots from an armed theft incident close to Oshodi, Lagos.
2Baba has established an NGO known as the 2Baba Basis whose motto is “service to humanity”. Previously referred to as the 2Face Reachout Basis, and ultimately the 2Face Basis, the inspiration underwent a reputation change in September 2016, and is now referred to as the 2Baba Basis. The muse’s work is centred round nation constructing, peaceable co-existence, and accountability in governance.
In 2009, 2Baba was appointed as ambassador by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). He launched the music “Man Unkind” to lift consciousness of the menace of faux and sub-standard meals and drug merchandise in Nigeria. In 2009, Idibia was introduced with the distinguished Worldwide Youth Ambassador for Peace Summit and the Nigeria Youth Benefit Award by the Nationwide Youth Council of Nigeria in recognition of his contributions to youth growth in Nigeria.
In January 2017, 2Baba introduced a partnership with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He made an preliminary donation of over US$11,000 to UNHCR for IDPs and returnees. In June 2017, he launched a devoted IDP-awareness music titled Maintain My Hand to mark the World Refugee Day, and promised 60 p.c of the proceeds from the music to the IDP trigger. He has additionally collaborated with different NGOs like The Nigerian RedCross Society, Sufficient is Sufficient (EiE)(Workplace of the Citizen marketing campaign), Youngstars Basis and Nationwide Democratic Institute (for Vote Not Combat marketing campaign).
2baba on Tuesday inaugurated a multi-million Naira music studio and donated it to the Obafemi Awolowo College.
On 23 June 2020, Idibia was appointed as the brand new Regional Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNCHR). He was the primary Nigerian to obtain this type of appointment from UNHCR.
Social campaign and activism
2Baba has over time lent his voice to the voice of the oppressed utilizing his celeb standing to carry extra consciousness to problems with governance in his nation and in Africa at giant. In April 2021, he chided the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for irritating vacationers by amassing a compulsory charge (about N50,000 – fifty thousand naira) for COVID-19 arrival check on the NCDC’s portal and the portal not delivering the mandatory QR codes wanted for this check. Many vacationers have been stranded due to this.
Tuface has been a part of lots of controversies all through his profession. In 2004, Tuface’s exit from the band Plantashun Boiz led to the cut up of the group, instigating a feud along with his former bandmates who blamed him for the disbandment. Tuface and former bandmate Faze traded blames in varied tracks of their respective solo albums.
The hit music “African Queen” grew to become a topic of controversy between Tuface, his file label Kennis Music, and former bandmate Blackface, who publicly accused Tuface of stealing the music from him; alleging that he wrote the music whereas they have been nonetheless a band. Kennis Music ultimately agreed to offer Blackface writing credit for the music, and likewise agreed to pay him loyalties from the proceeds of the music.
On 25 January 2017, Tuface made an announcement by his Instagram deal with that he can be main a nationwide protest on 5 February 2017; the protest was towards insurance policies carried out by the Muhammadu Buhari administration. In a method to cease the protest, the administration by the Lagos state police commissioner Fatai Owoseni, launched an announcement that the protest was banned within the state, stating that hoodlums would hijack it and use the protest to trigger havoc, the assertion was rebuffed and ignored publicly why publicity of the protest continued on social media.
On 4 February 2017, Tuface launched a video that he was cancelling the protest because of safety causes however rumors circulated on social media have it that the administration, by the DSS picked him up earlier that day and pressured him to cancel the much-hyped protest, although he later made a sequence of tweets from his official Twitter account to disclaim the declare.
- 2004: Face 2 Face
- 2006: Grass 2 Grace
- 2009: The Unstoppable
- 2010: The Unstoppable Worldwide Version
- 2012: Away & Past
- 2014: The Ascension
- 2020: Warriors
2Baba has obtained one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, 5 Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), 4 Channel O Music Video Awards and one BET award for his musical work, 4 MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO award, one KORA award, 3 Afrima Awards, and quite a few further nominations.
In March 2019, he was awarded an honorary fellow of the varsity of music by the Music Division, Obafemi Awolowo University. This made him the pioneer recipient of the award which was introduced to him on the first public lecture and fellowship award, held on 20 March 2019.
In August 2019, 2Baba was appointed because the Good trigger Ambassador for the Nigerian Inventory Trade (NSE)