Even if the name Innocent Ujah Idibia sounds unfamiliar to some, definitely not the name 2face Idibia, because it has become a household name not just in Nigeria but in the whole of the African continent.
He is one of the most decorated and successful hip pop artists not just in Nigeria but in Africa having consistently been ranked as one of the best African musicians of all-time.
This multiple award-winning Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer was born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, 18 September 1975.
He attended Mount Saint Gabriel's Secondary School Makurdi, Benue State before moving over to Enugu State where he did his preliminary National Diploma course in business administration and management at the Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu (IMT).
While in IMT, 2Face was the man around town performing at virtually every show and party in school and even in other schools within the Enugu Metropolis. He also made extra cash from composing and singing jingles at the GB Fan Club at the Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS). He finally dropped out of school to pursue his music career.
From Enugu, he headed to Lagos where together with Blackface (Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo) and Faze (Chibuzor Oji), the Plantashun Boiz band was formed. The trio released two successful albums: Body and Soul (2000) and Sold Out (2003) before they separated in 2004 and each member of the group went solo.
In the same year (2004), 2Face his debut solo album Face 2 Face which established him as a viable solo artist. His second album, Grass 2 Grace came two years later in 2006. His African Queen song set him on an international platform. Today, the name 2Face is reckoned with internationally.
2face Idibia has won several awards for music and entertainment.
Some of his awards include BET Award for Best International Act: Africa in 2011, MTV Europe Music Award, World Music Award, The Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), Channel O Music Video Awards, MOBO award, one KORA award, and numerous additional nominations.
Below is a comprehensive List of his awards
Here is a list of 2Face Idibia Awards
Best Male Vocalist 2002 Affinity Awards
Best Video 2004 A.M.E.N Awards
Best Male Vocalist 2004 A.M.E.N Awards
Song of the Year 2004 A.M.E.N Awards
Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry 2004 Award for Excellence
Music of the Year 2004 Excellence Recognition Awards
Best New Act Male 2004 A.M.E.N Awards
Song of the year for “African Queen” 2004 Nigeria Entertainment Awards New York
Best Album of the year 2004 Nigeria Entertainment Awards New York
Best Hip-Hop and R&B Artiste 2004 Nigeria Entertainment Awards New York
Musician of the Year 2004 City People Awards for Excellence
Best Male Video 2005 Channel O Music Video Awards
Best African Act 2005 Channel O Music Video Awards
Best African Act 2005 Kora Awards
The Outstanding Musician of the Year 2005 Black Heritage Awards for Excellence
Best Musical Artiste 2005 Afro Nollywood Award
African Song of The Year (Non-Ghanaian) 2005 Ghana Music Awards
Special Recognition Award 2005 Hip Hop World Awards
Best Song of The Year 2005 G.C.E International Awards
Best African Video of the year 2005 Channel O Music Video Award
Best African Act 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards
Nominated Best African Act 2005 MOBO
Africa Break Through Artist of the Year 2006 Nigeria Entertainment Awards New York
Musician of The Year 2006 The Future Awards
Best African Act 2007 MOBO Awards
Song of the Decade 2007 Nigerian Music Awards
Best Album of the Year 2007 Nigeria Entertainment Awards New York
Best selling Nigerian Artist 2008 World Music Awards, Monaco, Spain
Best R’n’B / Pop album 2008 Hip-Hop World Awards
Best African Act 2008 Australian African Awards
Artist of the Year 2009
Best R&B MTV Africa Music Awards 2009
MTV Africa Music Awards Best Male 2009
MTV Africa Music Awards Best Video for “Enter the Place” 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards
Best Western 2010 SoundCity Awards
Best Male MTV Africa Music Awards 2010
Artist of the Year MTV Africa Music Awards 2010
Most Gifted West African Video 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards
Best Pop Video for “Implication” 2010 SoundCity Awards
Best International Act: Africa BET Awards of 2011
New Champions For An Enduring Culture 2011 16th edition of the Annual THISDAY Awards presented by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Album of the year 2011 Hip-Hop World Awards – “The Headies”
Most Gifted African West Video for “Only Me” 2011 Channel O Music VideoAwards
Most Gifted Video of the Year for “Only Me” 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards
Artist of the year 2011 Hip-Hop World Awards – “The Headies”
Best R’n’B / Pop album 2011 Hip-Hop World Awards – “The Headies”
Best R&B Single – Let Somebody Love You (2Face Idibia) – “The Headies 2014”
Album of the year – Ascension – “Ben TV Awards 2014”
Best International Collaboration – Rainbow ft. T-Pain – “Ben TV Awards 2014”
2 Baba has an estimated net worth of $22 million. He earned his money from his music, shows, endorsements, and other business ventures. He reportedly owns and runs Hypertek, an entertainment company and record label and owns Lounge in Ikeja and Festac.
The African queen crooner has seven children from three different women; Pero Adeniyi, Sunbo Ajaba and Annie Idibia (Nee Macaulay). He eventually married Annie with whom he has two daughters in 2012.
His children are Isabel, Nino, Zion, Justin, Rose, Innocent and Olivia.
The music Icon owns a five-bedroom duplex at Richmond Gate Estate. He also reportedly owns another luxury Haven Home on the Banana Island. The two building are estimated to be worth over worth N400 Million.
The luxurious five bedroom duplex is said to have a gym, mini studio, two sitting rooms, terrace, among other personalised components.
Tuface also has already properties in Festac, Ikeja and Lagos Island. According to Estate valuers, the music star might be targeting a property empire worth over N2 billion in five years.