2Baba Artist Innocent Ujah Idibia Nigeria
2face, now 2baba is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, actor and record producer, a member of the defunct R&B/hip hop group Plantashun Boyz which comprises 2Face, Faze,and Black Faze. He is currently one of the most popular artistes on the African music scene.
He moved to Lagos and started performing with rapper BlackFace Naija. He had met BlackFace while attending IMT. Himself, Blackface (Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo) and Faze (Chibuzor Oji), went on to form the trio 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. Relations were marred for many years during which the band broke up and 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.
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”.
He released a promotion album in 2008 called The Unstoppable releasing the single “Enter the Place”. Problems with album distribution in 2007 caused as shift of the release date of the album from 2008 to early 2009. In 2010, 2face 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 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, 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. 2face has several collaborations all over the globe, giving his collaborators the opportunity to win an award 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 Nigeria music industry as a role model. 2face and heavy weight American Rapper Jay Z met in NYC 2014.
2face Idibia has also been an ambassador for quite a number of brands including Guinness, Nigerian Breweries etc. He is also the brand ambassador for National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
On 2 May 2012, 2Face Idibia and Annie Macaulay married in Lagos, Nigeria in a private ceremony. 2face announced his marriage via his Twitter page. Annie Macaulay and 2Face had their traditional wedding on 8 March 2013 in Eket, Akwa-Ibom State Nigeria. The couple also had a white wedding in Dubai, on Saturday 23 March 2013 with Nigerian and Ghanaian celebrities all present to see the long term couple tie the knot.
The founder of Hypertek Entertainment, has received one MTV Europe Music Award, 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, and numerous additional nominations. Some of these include:
MTV Europe Awards 2005 – Best African Act
MOBO Awards 2007 – Best African Act
Channel l Music Video Awards 2005 – Best Male Video and Best African Video (both for “African Queen”)
KORA Awards 2005 – Revelation of the Year
Hip-Hop World Awards 2006 – Special Recognition Award
2006 Channel O Music Video Awards – Best African Pop (“Ole”)
2006 Channel O Music Video Awards – Best African West (“Ole”)
Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2006 – Special Recognition Award; Nigeria Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Nigerian Music Awards 2008 – Album of the Year and R&B Song of the Year
World Music Awards 2008 – Best Nigerian Act
MTV Africa Music Awards 2009 – Best R&B
Channel O Music Video Awards – Most Gifted West African Video
2010 SoundCity Awards [Best Pop Video (Implication) & Best Western]
2010 Channel O Music Video Awards [Most Gifted Western African]
MTV Africa Music Awards 2010 [Best Male & Artist of the Year]