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Apr 20, 2009

Black Celebrity Star Profile:Tu Face Idibia

Birth name: Innocent Ujah Idibia
Also known as: 2 Face
Born:Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
Origin:Otukpo, Benue State, Nigeria
Genre(s):R&B, Nigerian hip hop
Years active:1996–present
Label(s): Hypertek

Tu Face Idibia hails 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 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 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 Boyz[1] 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 [2]. This made him even more recognized internationally.
The Plantashun Boyz came together briefly in 2007 to record an album which they titled 'Plan B'.[3]

He also released a promotion album in 2008 which has spawned a Hit Enter the Place 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.