Ayke Ezeani
by on July 24, 2019


Ayke: Let me first of  all welcome you and ask you who is 2baba?

2baba: I am Innocent Ujah Idibia (conceived in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria), known by his stage name 2Baba, a Nigerian vocalist, lyricist, record maker and business person. Before July 2014, my stage name was 2face Idibia which later changed to 2baba lately.  I am from the Idoma ethnic gathering in the southern piece of Benue State, in focal Nigeria. I attended Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State. I was chosen from the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu (IMT), where I completed my National Diploma in Business Organization and Management. While going to IMT, I performed at school sorted out shows and gatherings, and additionally other provincial schools, for example, the University of Nigeria and Enugu State University of Science and Technology. I later dropped out to start music profession. While going to IMT, in 1996, at the GB Fan Club at Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS), 2face Idibia started producing and singing jingles.



Ayke: How did you get involved in Plantashun Boiz ?

2baba: When I moved to Lagos I met with my group this led to my collaboration and performing with rapper Blackface Naija. I had met BlackFace while going to IMT already. With Blackface (Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo) and with performer Faze (Chibuzor Oji), we proceeded to shape the trio band called Plantashun Boiz. Our group Plantashun Boiz, released two fruitful collections: Body and Soul (2000) and Sold Out (2003) under the Nelson Brown’s claimed Label (Dove Records) before disbanding in 2004. The band came together again in 2007 to record a third and last collection entitled Plan B (2007) which performed under our expectations. This lead to our concentration on our individual life carreers.




Ayke: What was your move after you parted ways with your former group Plantashun Boiz

2baba: I was signed up with Kennis Music founded by popular Nigerian radio DJ Kenny Ogungbe in the late 1990s for several years while with this label I recorded his smashing hit called African Queen which paved a good career foundation as a solo artist. However, I decided to start my own record company, Hypertek Entertainment, upon the expiration of his deal with Kennis Music and Hypertek Entertainment has been my Entertainment home till date.



Ayke: I noticed that your hard work was paying of...

2baba: Yeah, I was nominated as part of the Sony All African One8 Project alongside seven other musicians across Africa. Sony All African One8 singers were featured alongside R. Kelly and Prince Lee to release a single titled “Hands Across the World” that on its own was an experience above all.


Ayke: Your personna was so huge that it got the attention of the Liberian President.

2baba: I luckily became the first non-Liberian to become an honorary member of the Liberian music society. The honor was given to me in recognition for outstanding contribution to the growth of music in the continent of Africa.




Ayke: Your various awards will always speak for you:

2baba: I am so blessed and lucky to come this far where I have won an MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, five Headies Awards (Hip-bounce grant), four Channel O Music Video Awards and one BET grant for my effort and melodic work, four MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO grant, one KORA grant, and various extra selections.



Ayke: What prompted you to start an NGO

2baba: To make a difference in my society and country, I established an NGO called 2Face Idibia Reach out Foundation, with the motto: “service to humanity”. We even recently visited the displaced citizens of our country in the northern part of Nigeria where we gave out reliefs that will help people to deal with their daily plights.



Ayke: Thanks for picking our call

2baba: You are welcome anytime.

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Innocent Kabiya
Interesting guy
Moses Mnisi
I love your song titled My African Queen
Dani Hlomla
Great sounds from this guy
Busiswe Ndabi
I know him
Jordan Petterson
king of afropop