2Baba (aka 2Face Idibia)
Innocent Ujah Idibia professionally known as 2Baba is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. He used the name as an aka until January 2016 when he officially changed his stage name from 2Face.
Born 18th of September 1975 in Jos, Plateau state, north-central of Nigeria, 2Baba is originally from Benue state from the Idoma ethnic group. He gained secondary school education in Benue state before moving to Enugu state, south-east Nigeria to enrol in a preliminary diploma course at the Institute of Management and Technology. He was very well known at IMT where he performed at school events and shows. He also wrote and composed gingles at Enugu State Broadcasting Service, ESBS. His style of music is Reggae, R&B, Dancehall, Afropop & Afrobeats.
In pursuit of his music career, he dropped out of school and moved to Lagos, Nigeria where he would join his secondary school friend, Ahmedu Augustine (Blackface) and Chibuzor Oji (Faze) to form the famous Plantashun Boiz music group.
The trio released two albums Body and Soul in the year 2000 and Sold Out in 2003 before disbanding in 2004 following 2Baba's quest to pursue a solo music career.
2Baba was immediately snapped up by Kennis Music Record label where he released his debut monster hit album, Face 2 Face, a project which housed his mega-hit record, African Queen. Face 2 Face album was followed by Grass to Grace album released in 2006 just two years after his debut. He’s since gone on to launch his own recording company, Hypertek Digital. He has five studio albums under his belt.
In 2012, 2Baba got married to his long-time love, Annie Macaulay. The marriage is blessed with two children. Before his marriage to Annie, he already had kids with two other women, Sumbo Ajaba and Pero Adeniyi. Sumbo Ajaba is the mother of two of his kids while Pero Adeniyi is the mother of three of his children. He has seven kids in total with three different women.
In 2007, 2Baba escaped the cold hands of death after surviving a gunshot wound by an unknown assailant. Reports say he had just returned to the country and was in the company of a couple of his friends heading back to his house when during slight traffic the assailant approached and demanded that their car door be opened, a request which was not granted. The unidentified gunman then proceeded to shoot frantically at his side of the vehicle with the bullet eventually hitting his left thigh. He also caught bullet wounds on his right leg. In what would have been a grave loss for the Nigerian music industry, he survived the assassination attempt and continued to dish out records after records.
In his rich collection of awards are BET Best International Act award 2011, MTV Africa Music Award for Artist of the Year and many more.
1. Face 2 Face
2. Grass 2 Grace
3. The Unstoppable
4. Away and Beyond
5. The Ascension
Popular 2Baba Songs
1. African Queen
2. See Me So
3. Gaga Shuffle
4. One Love
6. True Love
8. Enter The Place
9. Nfana Ibaga
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