With over 70 awards won already, 2Baba is one of the successful Nigerian musicians you need to know more about. You might not know his full name is Innocent Ujah Idibia, but you definitely must have heard ‘2Baba’ or ‘2Face Idibia’. For 2Baba, music is more than what he does to earn money, it’s an inherent part of his life. 2Baba is well-known as an accomplished musician and songwriter, but he is also an entrepreneur, a humanitarian and a social activist. With his loads of cash, he also enjoys luxurious rides and lives in a well-furnished house. Read on to find out more about your favourite artist-2Baba….
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|Full Name||Innocent Ujah Idibia|
|Born||18 September 1975|
|Place of Birth||Jos, Plateau|
|State Of Origin||Benue State|
|Children||Isabella Idibia, Nino Idibia, Justin Idibia, Innocent Idibia, Olivia Idibia, Rose Idibia, Zii Idibia|
|Wife||Annie Macaulay-Idibia (m. 2012)|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, philanthropist, humanitarian, social activist|
|Net Worth||₦4.7 Billion|
2baba Biography And Education
Born in Jos, Nigeria, 2Baba is from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State, in central Nigeria. He attended Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue state. After his Secondary School Education, he moved to Enugu state where he did his preliminary National Diploma course in Business Administration and Management at the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu.
Through the course of his higher education, 2Baba was busy performing in shows and events in IMT and other regional schools such as the University of Nigeria and Enugu State University of Science & Technology. In IMT, 2Baba composed and sang jingles at the GB Fan Club at Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) in 1996. He got so engrossed and passionate with his music career, that he decided to drop out of school to pursue his dream full time.
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In 1996, he adopted the stage name “2Face” (Tuface). In 2016, he officially changed his name from Tuface to 2Baba.
2baba Plantashun Boiz
2Baba was the leader of the now defunct group called Plantashun Boiz. When he moved to Lagos, 2Baba found two other talented artists with whom he would begin his band. With Blackface (Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo) and with musician Faze (Chibuzor Orji), he went on to form the trio band Plantashun Boiz.
Unfortunately, the unity of the band couldn’t stand the test of time, Plantashun Boiz disbanded in 2004. The trio released two successful albums Body and Soul (2000) and Sold Out (2003) under Nelson Brown’s label (Dove Records). After the breakup, the band came together to sing their final album together titled Plan B.
2baba Solo Music Career
After the breakup, each member of the band sought to build a solo music career. 2Baba’s first hit album, titled Face 2 Face showcased him as a viable solo music artist. After this, he went on to release various other albums with hit tracks recognized both locally and Internationally. Most notable amongst his hit tracks includes African Queen, Ole, Right Here, Police (Skit), No Shaking, Implication, Enter the Place etc. Below is a list of albums released by 2Baba;
- 2004: Face 2 Face
- 2006: Grass 2 Grace
- 2009: The Unstoppable
- 2010: The Unstoppable (International Edition)
- 2012: Away 7 Beyond
- 2014: The Ascension
- 2020: Warriors
Awards won by 2Face Idibia
2Face Idibia has won lots of awards in his music career. Here is a list of some of the awards.
- Best Male Vocalist 2002 Affinity Awards
- Best Video A.M.E.N Awards, 2004
- Best Male Vocalist, A.M.E.N Awards, 2004
- Music of the Year, Excellence Recognition Awards, 2004
- Best Album of the Year, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, New York, 2004
- Song of the Year for ‘African Queen’ Nigeria Entertainment Awards New York, 2004
- Best African Act, Channel O Music Video Awards, 2005
- Best African Act, Kora Awards, 2005
- Best Musical Artiste, Afro Nollywood Award, 2005
- Special Recognition Award, Hip Hop World Awards, 2005
- Musician of the Year, The Future Awards, 2006
- Best African Act, MOBO Awards, 2007
- Song of the Decade, Nigerian Music Awards, 2007
- Best Selling Nigerian Artist, World Music Awards, Monaco, Spain, 2008
- Best African Act, Australian African Awards, 2008
- Best R&B MTV Africa Music Awards, 2009
- Artist of the Year, MTV Africa Music Awards, 2010
- Best Pop Video for “Implication”, Sound City Awards, 2010
- Best International Act: Africa BET Awards of 2011
- Artist of the Year, Hip Hop World Awards- “The Headies”, 2011
- Album of the Year – Ascension- “Ben TV Awards 2014”
2baba Endorsement Deals
2Baba is an Icon, he is also a man of influence and role model to many young artists out there. No wonder, he has earned numerous endorsement deals with national and multinational brands. Below is a list of some of the endorsement deals of 2Baba;
- In 2019, 2Baba became the first and official brand ambassador for Oraimo.
- In August 2016, 2Baba became the first African ambassador of Italian alcoholic liqueur Campari.
- In May 2019, he signed an endorsement deal with Globacom telecommunication.
- In 2010, he signed an endorsement deal with Airtel.
- He is also the brand ambassador for National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
- 2Baba was made the brand ambassador of Pazino Homes and Gardens, a real estate firm, in July 2019.
- In 2005, he was named as an ambassador of Guinness beer.
2baba Net Worth
2Baba is the 5th richest musician in Nigeria‘s with a net worth estimated at ₦4.7 Billion, 2baba is one of Nigeria’s foremost musicians known for doing good and quality music.
Being a well-decorated music star, 2Baba can easily afford and even attract the best of cars. He enjoys the comfort of exotic cars and does not hesitate to cruise in one to shows and events.
After the massive success of African Queen, 2Baba got the Lincoln Navigator as a gift from Kennis Music Record Label. The vehicle is reported to have cost over 10 million NGN. It also has cutting-edge specs and features such as dual zone automatic air-con system or parking assist.
Chevrolet Corvette coupe
After his wedding to his beloved wife, Annie, he was gifted a ₦36 million Chevrolet Corvette as a wedding gift. The car is a 2-door coupe which has a cool styling design has every modern feature to suit the couple’s needs.
2Face Ferrari Coupe
2Baba showed his taste in speed cars by buying a Ferrari worth over ₦50 million. Ferrari is one of the coolest cars you can own and ride around. It’s a taste of class and high-end comfort.
Bentley Continental GT
2Baba is the proud owner of a Bentley Continental GT worth over ₦70 million. The Bentley Continental GT is manufactured and marketed by British automaker Bentley Motors since 2003.
Mercedes Benz G-wagon
The G-Wagon is a luxury SUV from Mercedes Benz that has consistently ranked amongst the list of cars owned by celebrities, and 2Baba has one in his collection too. His G-Wagon cost him over ₦45 million to bring home
Two Toyota Landcruiser Prado
Many times 2baba is spotted in public with his family, He uses two Toyota Landcruiser Prado, one for the children the other with him and his wife. This LandCruiser Prado is built to take on the toughest terrain, yet inside you’ll find a luxurious interior made with comfort in mind.
Range Rover Sport SUV
There has also been speculation that the music star has a Range Rover Sport in his garage. His Range Rover worth over ₦27 million has bespoke features such as 19-speaker Meridian audio; 16-way power front seats; a heated steering wheel and rear seats; cooler; 21-inch wheels; blind-spot monitoring; and Reverse Traffic Detection.
The rich and talented musician has house properties both home abroad, precisely the US, Lagos and Benue states in Nigeria. He owns a five-bedroom duplex at Richmond Gate Estate and another luxury home on Banana Island, both estimated to be worth over 400 million Naira.
2baba Personal Life And Family
2Baba is married with kids to his long time heartthrob- the award-winning, Nigerian actress, movie producer, model and serial entrepreneur Annie Idibia (nee Macauley). The duo got married on 2 May 2012, in Lagos, Nigeria in a private ceremony.
2Baba was in previous relationships with two other women: Sumbo Ajala-Adeoye and Pero Adeniyi. He fathered two children with Sumbo Ajala and Three with Pero Adeniyi. Currently, he has a total of seven children named Isabella Idibia, Nino Idibia, Justin Idibia, Innocent Idibia, Olivia Idibia, Rose Idibia, Zii Idibia.
2Baba is also the founder of an NGO man 2Baba Foundation with the motto of ‘service to humanity”. The foundation’s work is centred around nation-building, peaceful co-existence, and accountability in governance.
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