With a vast collection of awards home and abroad, join us as we celebrate 2face, one of Nigeria’s most decorated music icon with his true story and how he rose to fame:
Born Innocent Idibia in Jos, Nigeria. 2face attended Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State. He enrolled at the Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu (IMT) for a National Diploma course 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.
He composed and sang jingles at the GB Fan Club at Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) in 1996.
2Baba eventually dropped out of school to pursue his musical career and in 1996, adopted the stage name “2Face” (Tuface). He cited the reason as “trying to demarcate my personal life with my business life.
2face like most artistes has over the years been through thick and thin, subjected to many attacks (especially about his grammar) both verbal and physical, but inspite of this 2baba is still going on strong.
The Search For Greener Pastures
In a quest to make more money, 2face journeyed to Lagos and started performing with rapper BlackFace. With Blackface (Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo) and Faze (Chibuzor Oji), he went on to form the band ‘Plantashun Boyz’.
Plantashun Boyz released two successful albums: Body and Soul (2000) and Sold Out (2003)under the Nelson Brown’s owned Label (Dove Records) before disbanding in 2004.
For many years, the Plantashun Boyz where at war with each other after they all 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).
After the disbandment of Plantashun Boyz in 2004, all band members sought separate musical careers. 2face Idibia 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 “One Love”, “True Love, “4 Instance”.
His Journey Into The International Music Industry
2face became an international hit with the release of his song “African Queen” which was used in the soundtrack for the movie, ‘Phat Girlz‘.
In 2010, 2face released an “international edition” of his ‘Unstoppable’ album 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 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.
2face who got married to Nollywood actress, Annie Macaulay on May 2012, in a private ceremony and white wedding in Dubai, on Saturday 23 March 2013 .
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.
2face Idibia has also been an ambassador for quite a number of brands including Guinness, Nigerian Breweries e.t.c He is also the brand ambassador for National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.