Today, September 18, popularly Nigerian music legend, Innocent Ujah Idibia popularly known as 2baba, clocked 46 years.
2Baba is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. Prior to July 2014, he went by the stage name 2face Idibia.
He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa, and is also one of the most bankable performing music artistes in Africa.
With over 2 decades of trailblazing and topping the charts in his industry, 2Baba remains a formidable force, and one of the most influential in the Nigerian Entertainment space.
He is also a known philanthropist and humanitarian.
Innocent Idibia was born on September 18th, 1975 in Jos, Nigeria .
He 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. 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 & Technology.
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 life.
2Baba is married to Nigerian award-winning actress, movie producer, model and serial entrepreneur Annie Macaulay – Idibia from Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
On March 8th, 2013, 2Baba and Annie Macaulay traditional marriage took place in Eket Akwa Ibom State and wedding ceremony also held in Dubai, United Arab Emirate on March 23, 2013 and had a high attendance of celebrities.
The celebrity couple are parents to 2 girls; Olivia Idibia and Isabella Idibia. 2Baba is father to 7 kids; 5 kids from 2 previous relationships.
2Baba has survived near-death events, including gunshots from an armed robbery incident near Oshodi, Lagos.
Innocent ‘2Baba’ Idibia 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, 3 Afrima Awards, and numerous additional nominations.
In May 2016, 2Baba received a honorary Master of Arts in Music degree from Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Nigeria.
In March 2019, he was awarded a fellow of the school of music by the Music Department, Obafemi Awolowo University.This made him the pioneer recipient of the award which was presented to him at the first public lecture and fellowship award, held on the 20th of March 2019.
From Becksblog.com.ng, we say Happy Birthday to you sir.