Born Innocent Ujah Idibia, Tuface, who later rebranded as 2Baba has to be one of the most loved contemporary Nigerian musicians. The Jos bred singer is one of the biggest frontiers of Nigerian and African music in the 21st Century. There are only a few things one might mention that 2Baba may not have accomplished, because looking at his calibre of artiste he has done it all. He has been there, done that and even done some more.
Within his over 2 decades of musicianship, the Hypertek Digital boss is one of the most decorated Nigerian artistes there is. His personal awards outnumber is age and he is already 42. Talking about enjoying international exposure via music, 2Baba has been there. He has had the opportunity to grace some of the biggest stage in the world, one of which would be performing at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He has toured the world with his music. Most importantly he has lived the LIFE again and again, the most notorious baby daddy of his time before finally settling down as a married man. Oh let’s not forget his discography has an enviable amount of hits. Where is league of artistes have stagnanted or dried up, the “African Queen” crooner keeps the flow intact like an oasis.
However, no matter how glowing 2Baba’s memoir (bio) is written, the 42-year-old singer has failed in a certain area, as a musician, a senior industry colleague.
An artiste in the caliber of Innocent ‘2Baba’ Idibia should have son!!!
By a son, it does not mean a biological son, which of course he has fathered male children. 2Baba really does not have someone he has mentored directly to greatness. He has failed to reproduce his success in any young artiste. In deed, without mincing words the Nigerian music legend as he is fondly referred to is a huge huge inspiration to a lot of artistes in the Nigerian music industry. Several stars have been inspired by him to pursue their love for music professionally and have also succeeded at it, but there is no one directly mentored by 2Baba that has replicated half of his success. No not one!!!
The story about the rise of 2Baba is quite familiar, beginning from his days at IMT Enugu to forming the boy band Plantashun Boiz and subsequently going solo is well known. His spell at Kennis Music which largely boosted his solo career is all common knowledge. The end of the Kennis Music era and the start of Hypertek Digital follows sequentially. In all these the “Only Me” crooner has really not helped unleash a budding talent to big music stars like Wizkid, Davido, Olamide, Kiss Daniel etc.
Oh let’s not talk about Dammy Krane who is just a flash in the pan. All things being right, he should be playing in the leagues of Davido, Wizkid or Olamide. Dammy Krane had a promising start at the early stages of his career, but it’s a sad reality there was not deposit of 2Baba’s greatness in him not even half.
Over the years as the Nigerian music industry continues to flourish, certain buzzing music stars at the moment owe their success directly to certain elders in the industry. Wizkid is directly linked to Banky W, Skales too. Wande Coal has D’banj & Don Jazzy to thank. Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello’s success in music is owed to Don Jazzy.
The likes of Davido, Olamide, Wizkid can say they have directly impacted the growth of buzzing music stars like Mayorkun, Dremo, Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold, Mr Eazi etc. But that cannot be said emphatically about our dear 2Baba.
If there anything 2Baba has failed at, it would be his inability to impact a young artiste’s career from a place from oblivion to sweet stardom. The Nigerian music legend has been great at a lot of things but has not been a good mentor to upcoming acts. The word here is mentor not the loosely used role model.
After Dammy Krane and the other almost unknown acts parted ways with 2Baba’s Hypertek Digital it has only been a one man affair. That changed when a new act was signed to the label called OTiKe. It’s somehow strange a lot of folks don’t know he is now an artiste under 2Baba’s Hypertek Digital.
Perhaps, it may not be too late if our G.O.A.T begins to groom OTiKe into an act that would drop back to back hits and comfortably challenge for top awards and win.
2Baba’s greatest mistake would be that up till now he has not been able to birth a successful music star in the league of Wizkid or Davido he can truly be proud of when he is done. Perhaps it’s not too late!