Innocent Ugah Idibia (born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria), best known by his stage name 2Face Idibia, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, actor and record producer. He was a member of the defunct R&B/hip hop group Plantashun Boyz. 2Face is currently one of the most popular artistes on the African music scene.
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. 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 http://www.thenaijaish.com/2011/04/interview-2face-idibia-welcome-to.htmlBusiness 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).
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, D'banj and P-Square.
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 Awards
- Best Male Vocalist 2002 Affinity Awards
- Music of the Year 2004 Excellence Recognition Awards
- Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry 2004 Award for Excellence
- Best Male Vocalist 2004 A.M.E.N Awards
- Song of the Year 2004 A.M.E.N Awards
- Best New Act Male 2004 A.M.E.N Awards
- Best Video 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 Video of the year 2005 Channel O Music Video Awards
- Best African Act 2005 Channel O Music Video Awards
- Best African Act 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards
- Best African Act 2005 Kora Awards
- Best Musical Artiste 2005 Afro Nollywood Awards
- African Song of The Year (Non Ghanaian) 2005 Ghana Music Awards
- Special Recognition Award 2005 Hip Hop World Awards
- The Outstanding Musician of the Year 2005 Black Heritage Awards for Excellence
- Best Song of The Year 2005 G.C.E International Awards
- Musician of The Year 2006 The Future Awards
- Africa Break Through Artist of the Year 2006 Nigeria Entertainment Awards New York
- Best Album of the Year 2007 Nigeria Entertainment Awards New York
- Best African Act 2007 MOBO Awards
- Song of the Decade 2007 Nigerian Music Awards
- Best R'n'B / Pop album 2008 Hip-Hop World Awards
- Best African Act 2008 Australian African Awards
- Best selling Nigerian Artist 2008 World Music Awards, Monaco, Spain
- Best R&B MTV Africa Music Awards 2009
- Artist of the Year MTV Africa Music Awards 2010
- Best Male 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 Western 2010 SoundCity Awards
- 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
- Best International Act: Africa BET Awards of 2011
- Album of the year 2011 Hip-Hop World Awards – "The Headies"
- Artist of the year 2011 Hip-Hop World Awards – "The Headies"
- Best R'n'B / Pop album 2011 Hip-Hop World Awards – "The Headies"
- ^ "Rise and Rise of Tu-Face". newswatchngr.com. January 9, 2006. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
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- ^ "2Face Idibia Live in London". YouTube. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- ^ "Phat Girlz soundtrack". Soundtrackinfo.com. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- ^ "TuFace Checks Piracy With Classy Album Price". tribune.com.ng. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- ^ a b "2Face Idibia’s BET International "Welcome to America" Interview". Bellanaija.com. April 27, 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- ^ "Soundcity Music Video Awards 2010 – The Winner’s Circle". thenetng.com. November 22, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- ^ "Fally Ipupa & Tuface Idibia lead MTV Africa Music Awards winners 2010". museke.com. December 12, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
- ^ "Tuface Idibia opens up on why he left Kennis music". Nigerianewsdaily.com. October 28, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- ^ "Hands Across The World Video – ONE8 with R. Kelly". Rnbmusicblog.com. November 19, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- ^ "Tuface Idibia recuperating and fine". nigeriavillagesquare.com. October 9, 2007. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
- ^ "2face Idibia and Annie Macaulay wed secretly". thenetng.com. May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
- ^ "Annie, anointed queen of a shooting star". punchng.com. February 17, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
- ^ "'2Face' Idibia: Message behind the music". edition.cnn.com. November 29, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
- ^ "NAFDAC appoints 2face Ambassador". vanguardngr.com. September 18, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- ^ "2Face Idibia and NAFDAC tackle fake and sub-standard food and drug products in Nigeria with "Man Unkind"". Bellanaija.com. April 11, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- ^ "Human capital". Nigeriafirst.org. April 16, 2009. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- ^ 2Face Puts Nigeria On Musical Map
- ^ Africa Kora Awards 2005 winners
- ^ Mobo Awards 2007: Winners
- ^ TuFace, Sasha & Others represent Nigeria at the World Music Awards in Monaco
- ^ (MAMAs) 2009 winners
- ^ 6 Nigerians Bring Home the Awards
- ^ 2Face clinches’s double awards
- ^ Hurray for Nigeria! 2Face & D’banj win the Best International Act (Africa) award at the 2011 BET Awards
- ^ The 2011 Headies
- ^ (MAMAs) 2009 nominees
- ^ Channel O 2011 MVA's - all the nominees
Persondata Name Idibia, 2face Tuface Alternative names
Date of birth September 18, 1975 Place of birth Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria Date of death
Place of death