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2FACE IDIBIA BIOGRAPHY – Early Life, Networth and Career

2face Idibia Biography – Innocent Ugah Idibia (born in Jos, Plateau State) best known as Tuface Idibia is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, actor and record producer. He was a member of the defunct R&B/hip hop group Plantashun Boyz (other members are Faze and BlackFace Naija). TuFace is currently one of the most popular artistes on the African music scene.

2face Idibia Biography

Early life

2Face Idibia was born Innocent Ugah Idibia in Jos, Nigeria He hails from Okpokwu local government area and from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State, in central Nigeria.[2] He attended Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State. He schooled briefly in the Institute of Management & Technology, IMT, Enugu, one of the country’s foremost higher institute of learning where he did his preliminary National Diploma course in Business Administration. Though, he did not finish but would hone his skills in music by performing in shows and parties organised by the IMT and some other schools like Enugu State University of Science & Technology, Enugu (ESUT) and [(University of Nigeria)] Enugu Campus (UNEC).

Career

His major breakthrough in the IMT was composing and singing the jingles in the famous radio show GB Fan Club in Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) in 1996. He then relocated to Lagos and joined up with his ex-IMT and ex-Mount Saint Gabriel’s mate BlackFace to form Plantashun Boyz.

He started calling himself “2Face” in 1996. “The name to me just refers to the outside and inside: when you first see me you see the outside but when you get to know me, you see the inside,” he said in an interview with the BBC.

His award winning hit track “African Queen” was used as the sound track of the 2006 comedy film, Phat Girlz. This made him even more recognised internationally.

The Plantashun Boyz came together briefly in 2007 to record an album which they titled ‘Plan B’.

He also released a promotion album in 2008 which has spawned a hit, “Enter the Place”, which was written by Churks though one of his least successful hits ever, did well in some charts. The promo CD is said to have faced distribution and sales problems, going unnoticed in some areas of the country.

It has led to the shift of the release date of the album from 2008 to 2009 instead of the proposed release date announced in 2007.

Tuface recently released two lead off singles from the international version of his Unstoppable album and is the first Nigerian artist to have an appropriately priced international album. He is also reported to have recorded a single with Mary J. Blige

In 2010 with his Unstoppable Album(The Intl. Edition) he won 2 awards at the 2010 SMVA, He also won the Channel O Most Gifted Western African and the MTV African Music Awards (Best Male and Artist of the year) making him the most successful pop singer in Africa. He is the lead vocalist of the Sony All African 08 Project alongside 7 other stars across Africa recording their first singles with R.Kelly and Prince Lee titled “Hands Across the World”. He was also known for his narrow escapes from death, he had close shave with death three times, at different locations and times, including gun shots.

Aside from running his own record label known as Hypertek after leaving Kennis Music, the artist has established the Tuface Idibia Foundation, which is into charity.

In December 2010, the foundation collaborated with the Hands Project International for an Aids charity dinner. His show held at the expo center was the best of its kind, as it featured all the notable Nigerian artists, particularly 9ice, Dbanj and P-Square.

Scandals

Tuface is known for the many children which he fathered with multiple women ranging from Pero Adeniyi(a pair of twin boys and a girl) to Sumbo(two boys) to Annie Macaulay(a girl)

Discography

2004: Face 2 Face

2006: Grass 2 Grace

2008: The Unstoppable

2010: The Unstoppable International Edition

2011: The Most Incredible

Songs

African Queen
Fly 2Face Idibia
Go down there
Swallow your pride (feeling you)
Flex (Tuface & R. Kelly)
Enter the Place
See me so
True Love (Tuface Idibia)
If love is a crime
One love (2Face)
Ebe like say
U no holy pass
Thank U Lord
For Instance
Keep on rocking
Appreciate it (2Face)
Can’t do without you
Jungle don mature
Implication (2Face Idibia)
Right here
Only me (Tuface Idibia)
Rain drops (2Face Idibia)
My love
Stylee
Nfana Ibaga (No Problem)
Be there remix
No shaking
Ole (thief)
Nfana Ibaga – no problem (remix)
Me ne me joley
Manenko
Ahomka wo mu

Songs lyrics

Face 2 Face (2004)
African Queen
Nfana Ibaga
Keep on rocking
Right here
Ole (thief)
Thank U lord
U no holy pass
Nfana Ibaga (remix)

Grass to Grace (2006)
For instance
My love (with VIP)
Ebe like say
No shaking
One love
If love is a crime
True love
See me so

Unstoppable[disambiguation needed] (2008)
Enter the place
Flex featuring R. Kelly
Swallow your pride
Go down there
Fly
Appreciate it
Jungle don mature

Unstoppable 2 (2010)
Implication (Olele)
Only me
Rain drops
Be there remix
Excuse me sister

Awards Won

one Best African Act MOBO – London (MUSIC OF BLACK ORIGIN) 2007 AWARDS
CHANNEL “O music video AWARDS a) Best Male Video, b) Best African Video of the year, c) Best African Act.
Best African Act KORAall african AWARDS 2005
NIGERIAN ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS New York a) Africa Break Through Artist of the Year 2006 and b) Best Album of the Year 2007
Best Musical Artiste AFRO NOLLYWOOD AWARDS 2005,
Song of the Decade NIGERIAN MUSIC AWARDS 2007
African Song of The Year (Non Ghanaian) GHANA MUSIC AWARDS 2005,
Music of the Year EXCELLENCE RECOGNITION AWARDS 2004
Special Recognition Award HIP HOP WORLD AWARDS 2005
1st NIGERIA ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS 2004 a) Song of the year African Queen b) Best Album of the year c) Best Hip Hop and R&B Artiste
The Outstanding Musician of the Year 2005 BLACK HERITAGE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
Musician of the Year 2004 CITY PEOPLE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry 2004 AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
2Face Idibia Wins MOBO Award for Best African Act
Best Song Of The Year 2005 G.C.E INTERNATIONAL AWARDS,
Musician Of The Year 2006 THE FUTURE AWARDS,
A.M.E.N AWARDS 2004 a) Best Male Vocalist, b) Song of the Year c) Best New Act Male d) Best Video.
Best Male Vocalist 2002 AFFINITY AWARDS.
Song Of the decade 2007 African Queen THE NIGERIAN MUSIC AWARD
Best African Act 2007 MOBO (MUSIC OF BLACK ORIGIN AWARDS) UK
HIP HOP AWARDS a) Best R&B album b) Best R&B male
Best African Act Australian African Awards 2008
Best selling Nigerian Artist – World Music Awards 2008, Monaco, Spain
Youth Ambassador for peace- Universal Federation for World peace
Nigerian International Youth Award- National Youth council of Nigeria.
2Face Idibia has been named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ world food programme, joining other Nigerian icons like Wole Soyinka, John Fashanu etc. who are also working with the UN to fight different causes across the African continent.
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.
Best R&B: 2face Idibia MTV Africa Music Awards 2009
Artist of the Year – 2Face (Nigeria) MTV Africa Music Awards 2010
Best Male – 2Face Nigeria MTV Africa Music Awards 2010
New Champions For An Enduring Culture 2011 16th edition of the Annual THISDAYAwards presented by President Bill Clinton and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
World Music Awards 2008 world’s best selling Nigerian artist
Best International Act: Africa (BET Awards 2011))[8]

NOMINATED

BET AWARDS 2011 Best International Act (Africa) BET 2011 NOMINEES 2Face Idibia (Nigeria)

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