You probably know that Innocent Ujah Idibia, popularly known as 2baba is the founder of Hypertek Entertainment.

And you probably know that He is one of the most decorated, most successful and most bankable artists in Africa.

Now, here are 14 things you are less likely to know about 2baba!



2baba was born on 18th September 1975 (age 41) in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. He is from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State, in central Nigeria.




He enrolled at Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu (IMT), where he did his preliminary National Diploma course in business administration and management.

While attending IMT, 2face Idibia performed at school 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. He eventually dropped out to pursue his music career.




In 1996, he adopted the stage name “2Face” (Tuface). He cited the reason as trying to demarcate his personal life from his business life.



He met BlackFace (Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo) while attending IMT. He went on to form the trio band ‘Plantashun Boiz’ with Blackface and with musician Faze (Chibuzor Oji). Plantashun Boyz broke up in 2004 and all band members sought separate musical careers.



2face released his debut solo album Face 2 Face (2004), which established him as a viable solo artist. In 2006, his song “African Queen” was used in the soundtrack for the film Phat Girlz, which was released internationally.



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.



2face has several collaborations all over the globe, helping his collaborators win awards for each duet such as street credibility by 9ice, possibility by P-square and lot’s more.



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.



Despite having several children for several ladies, 2baba and Annie Macaulay married in Lagos at a private ceremony on the 2nd of May 2012.



2baba has established an NGO called 2Face Idibia Reach-Out Foundation whose motto is “service to humanity”. He released a song “Man Unkind” to raise awareness on the menace of fake and sub-standard food and drug products in Nigeria.



He has officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface and selected 2baba or Tu- baba as his current stage name.




2baba is a singer, a songwriter, a record producer and an entrepreneur. He is presently one of the Judges in ‘The Voice Nigeria’, alongside other artists like Timi Dakolo, Patoraking and Waje.



2baba 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.


Published by Ogunbowale Olugbenga

Ogunbowale Olugbenga is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur & digital skills expert. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded Epower.ng, a digital agency passionately growing businesses & accelerating the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa. To help institutions prevent scandals & promote performance, Gbenga founded Polivoice.Work, an anonymous employee feedback tool that captures & analyses feedback anonymously in real time to detect, predict & improve work place conditions. A Mandela Washington Fellow, Tony Elumelu Fellow, Royal Common wealth society fellow, YALI star of business & YALI network influencer, Olugbenga is the founder of Africa’s biggest orphanage outreach, The Orphan Empowerment Society, with a 5,000 strong volunteer force and a presence in 19 African countries empowering thousands of orphans with free vocational skills, medical care, & food. He is also the co-founder of the communication & leadership organization, Pacesetters Leadership Club.

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