Some say creativity is a gift from God,others say it is an acquired trait that is mastered after constant practice either ways it goes,nobody can take that fact away from our very own Innocent Ujah “Tu Baba” Idibia. The true definition of a LIVING LEGEND. As he clocks 40 today Friday. We here at Howng wish him a Happy Birthday.
Here are a few interesting facts about him.
1.He is in Movies
International notoriety came to Tuface when his hit ‘African Queen’ was featured in 2006 FOX Searchlight comedy Phat Girlz starring American comedienne Mo’Nique.
He was the first Nigerian artist to have a song featured in an internationally released movie. In the film, Mo’Nique plays a plus-size aspiring fashion designer who eventually falls in love with a Nigerian doctor who appreciates and loves her body.
2Face Idibia’s ‘African Queen’ video was the first played song on MTV Base Africa when it launched.
He has received 1 MTV Europe music award, 1 World Music Award, 5 Headies Awards,4 Channel O Music Video Awards and 1 BET award, 4 MTV Africa Music Awards, 1 MOBO award, 1 KORA award and numerous additional nominations.
He enrolled at Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu(IMT), where he did his preliminary National Diploma course in business administration and management, he eventually dropped out to pursue his music career.
He released his debut solo album Face 2 Face in 2004, his sophomore Grass 2 Grace in 2006,a 3rd but promotional album The Unstoppable in 2008, a 4th album The Unstoppable “international edition” in 2010, a 5th album Away & Beyond in 2012 and 6th one The Ascension in 2014.
He is the first Nigerian artist to have an appropriately priced international album.
5. He is Married to his Childhood Sweetheart
In a triangle love story, Idibia has seven children with three different women. He met his current wife, Nollywood actress Annie Macaulay, at Even Ezra Music Studio when they were both teens and she even appears in the ‘African Queen’ music video. From friendship to breakups and makeups, Tuface and Annie dated for over a decade. After a series of painful breakups stemming from infidelity, Annie and Tuface eventually reunited.
On Valentine’s Day, Tuface surprised Annie with a proposal. The couple were not dating at this point, but Tuface had sought her forgiveness and friendship weeks prior. He took her to a quiet corner of Jay Jay Okocha’s Club 10 in Victoria Island, Lagos and popped the question. The pair married in a 2012 private ceremony in Lagos. In March 2013, they had a traditional ceremony in Eket, Akwa-Ibom State Nigeria and a destination ceremony in Dubai.
6. Humanitarian services
He is an ambassador, appointed by the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and released a song called ‘Man Unkind’- a social commentary on poor food and drug standards in Nigeria. In 2014, after losing his father to prostate cancer, Tuface became a voice in Nigeria’s prostate cancer prevention campaign kicking off an awareness month in September. He partnered with CECP-Nigeria (Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy) to further increase awareness with plans to launch Mobile Cancer Centers (MCC) to promote holistic health to rural communities. The singer launched Tuface Idibia Reach-Out Foundation in 2009 with a pledge to promote nonviolence, young peace-builders and development. In the same vein of peace, the National Youth Council of Nigeria awarded the International Youth Ambassador Idibia for Peace and the Nigeria Youth Merit Award.
‘We are tired of bloodshed, tired of losing our friends, tired of living in fear and tension,’ he said in a statement on the foundation website. ‘We give ourselves to restoring love, harmony and preservation of Nigeria’s future so we choose to build peace in our country’.
2Face established an NGO called 2Face Idibia Reach-Out Foundation which motto is service to humanity. In 2009, he was presented with the prestigious International Youth Ambassador for Peace Summit and the Nigeria Youth Merit Award by the National Youth Council of Nigeria in recognition of his contributions to youth development in Nigeria.
7. He has 7 children
2face idibia has seven children with three women namely sumbo ajaba,pero adeniyi and annie macaulay idibia.
Isabella Idibia, Innocent Idibia, Rose Idibia, Zii Idibia, Nino Idibia, Justin Idibia and Olivia Idibia.
2Face has two daughters with his wife, Annie Idibia.