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Story of Tuface Idibia(2face)(Tubaba)

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1 Story of Tuface Idibia(2face)(Tubaba) on Thu Oct 09, 2008 4:27 pm

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Innocent (Tuface) Idibia lived all his early life in the tin city of Jos (Plateau State of Nigeria) where he was born. Tuface Idibia has been singing all his life. He hails from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State, in central Nigeria. 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 didn't 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 mate BlackFace and Faze to form Plantashun Boiz. Shortly, the successfully the group plantation broke up shortly and the three members went solo.

Idibia stands not only as the nation's iconic act, but her very successful debutant and an inspiring contemporary singer across africa especially since his plethora of year 2005 awards which include Channel O African music Video awards, Awards for Musical Excellence In Nigeria, Ghana Music Awards, a MOBO nomination (alongside Baba Maal, Femi Kuti, Youssou Ndoir and Yvonne Chaka Chaka), and the MTV EMA where he was crowned Africa's Best Act in the newly created category.

On arriving Lagos after dropping out of IMt Enugu, Tuface was unable to afford studio sessions to complete a debut album (with his ex-group, Plantashun Boiz). Today, Idibia has grown to become one of Nigeria's most successful artistes, selling over 5 million copies of his debut album, Face 2 face (released on Kennis Music), performing endlessly across the lenght and breath of the vast country and across africa and also served as brand ambassador For Guinness Extra Smooth.

Tuface Idibia rekindled fading hopes in the Nigerian music industry when he released his debut solo album on May 15, 2004 with his monster hit, African Queen which eulogises the strenght and beauty of the african woman. Later the song African queen was chosen for the lead soundtrack of PHAT GIRLZ, a new movie from Fox, which was released on 7th of April, 2006 in North America.

In 2004, he recorded 'proud to be african' at a Lagos studio with Wyclef Jean. In 2005, he recorded a remake of his hit, Nfana Ibaga ( No Problem) with Ghanian hiplife star Reggie Rockstone and Dancehall star BeenieMan. Same year, he recorded a jazz version of African Queen with South-Africa based Nigerian artiste Kunle. There continues to be endless collaboration requests from all over the world by artistes who are fascinated by Tuface's vocal versatility, effortless delivery and pseudo-reggae pop style. "I like to be versatile. Growing up, I listened to Jamaican acts like Bob Marley and U-Roy, also Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, plus a lot of Nigerian stuff, especially highlife like Victor Uwaifo.

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