known by his stage name 2face Idibia, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter,
record producer and entrepreneur.
He officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface and selected
Tu-baba as his stage name.He is one of the most decorated and successful
Afro pop artists in Africa. He is also one of the most bankable artists
2Face 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.
Innocent Idibia was born in Jos, Nigeria. He is from the Idoma ethnic
group in the southern part of Benue State, in central Nigeria. He
attended Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State.
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, 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
He eventually dropped out to pursue his music career. While attending
IMT, 2face Idibia started composing and singing jingles at the GB Fan
Club at Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) in 1996.
Also in 1996, he adopted the stage name “2Face” (Tuface). He cited
the reason as “trying to demarcate my personal life with my business
In Plantashun Boyz
He moved to Lagos and started performing with rapper BlackFace Naija. He
had met BlackFace while attending IMT. With Blackface (Ahmedu Augustine
Obiabo) and with musician Faze (Chibuzor Oji), he 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 (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”. He is the founder of Hypertek Entertainment.
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
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
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
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 awards 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
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 e.t.c Heis also the brand
ambassador for National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and
2Face has experienced near-death events, including gunshots from an armed robbery.
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.
His wife, Annie Idibia, August 17, 2015, announced that she has opened a beauty salon in Atlanta called BeOlive Hair Studio.
2Face has established an NGO called 2Face Idibia Reach-Out
Foundation.which motto is service to humanity. In 2009, 2Face was
appointed as ambassador by National Agency for Food and Drug
Administration and Control.
He released a song “Man Unkind” to raise awareness on the menace of
fake and sub-standard food and drug products in Nigeria. 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