Nigeria’s music legend, 2Face Innocent Ujah Idibia, has turned 40 on September 18.
With an enviable career and a source of inspiration to many, 2Face has churned out quality music contents and performances all over the world.
Born in Jos, Nigeria, Innocent Idibia attended Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State.
He hails from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State.
2face 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.
Innocent Idibia eventually dropped out to pursue his music career. While attending IMT, he 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).
In 2006, his song “African Queen” was used in the soundtrack for the film, Phat Girlz, which was released internationally.
2Face released a promotion album in 2008 called The Unstoppable, releasing the single “Enter the Place”. Problems with album distribution in 2007 caused a shift of the release date of the album from 2008 to early 2009.
In 2010, he released an “international edition” of the same album under the title; The Unstoppable International Edition, making him the first Nigerian artist to have an appropriately priced international album.
2face, however, released two more singles from the international version of his Unstoppable album.
The international edition of the album won two awards at the 2010 SoundCity Music Video Awards. He also won the Channel O Music Video Awards Best African Western award and the MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Male and Artist of the year.