2FACE SPEAKS FROM HOSPITAL BED.
Monday October 8, 2007
2FACE Idibia is doing very well, recovering fast and happy to be alive.
Contrary to widespread speculations concerning his health, and erroneous media reports he was battling for his life, the singer, speaking from his hospital bed on Monday October 8, assured his fans and well-wishers he is well and his health is not in anyway deteriorating.
In the company of his publicist Ayeni Adekunle, his manager Joice Ize-Iyamu, a group of cameramen and his security guards, the iconic singer who was shot by armed bandits on Thursday October 4 thanked God for sparing his life, even as he chided his attackers for getting so desperate as to attempt to take another man’s life.
‘I thank God. ‘Cos I know it’s not luck. The bullet could have hit me somewhere more dangerous. So I really thank God, and I’m really trying to understand what he’s trying to tell me with this incident.’ he said.
Reminiscing on the sad incident, he explained ‘we didn’t know it was robbers. We even thought it was a car trying to ram into us. It was not until I saw the gun, and heard the shot that I realised what they wanted. So I told my guy, let’s find our way o… these guys mean business. I didn’t even know the bullet hit me. It was while we were running, that my left leg started failing me, that I realised what had happened.’
‘It’s really sad; that people would allow frustration lead them into doing such things. There are people on the road, selling stuff, trying so hard to make it. Nothing comes easy in life; you’ve just got to keep trying. I pray they’ll convert all the energy they use to organise those attacks into doing positive things that’ll help their lives’.
Meanwhile the recuperating singer will not be relocating from Nigeria or his FESTAC residence anytime soon. ‘As far as I’m comfortable where I am, I’ve got no hassles. Whatever will be will be. I might be in the US and be hit by a stray bullet. Anything good or evil can happen to you anywhere’, he said philosophically. I have my business here so I’m not planning to relocate. I’ll travel anytime I have to, and come back home. There’s no place like home. But I want my people to be more positive and honest. Violence does no one no good’.
Clean shaven and looking much rested, the star singer is not allowing all the medications and get-well cards around him weigh him down. ‘You can see I’m listening go a Russel Simmon CD lecture. I’m using my time here positively, and it’s an opportunity for me to reflect on my business, as well as think of new materials for my music’, he said with a smile playing on his lips.
Corroborating him, his manager Joice Ize-iyamu believes ‘this will definitely give inspiration for new and great materials. It’s an experience well all never forget’.
Idibia is presently been hospitalised in a private clinic in Lagos. He was moved from Cedar group hospital in FESTAC on Friday when the crowd of well-wishers became uncontrollable, making it a Herculean task for hospital security and doctors treating him to manage the situation.
And his manager had assured that ‘he will not be flown abroad for further treatment. His condition is very stable, so there’s no reason for that. He just needs time for the pellets to expel, and for him to recuperate fully.’
A date has, however, not been fixed for his discharge. But his friends Ifeanyi Orji who was attacked with him was discharged from Cedar Group hospitals on Friday October 6th.
‘I really thank everyone for their concern’, says 2face who enjoyed a similar display of overwhelming support when he was attacked and injured by suspected robbers in 2005. ‘I thank everybody, the media, my family, all my fellow artistes, my friends, my manager, the Kennis music family and the good Samaritans that helped carried us with their van when we were bleeding on the road after the attack last Thursday’.
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ABOUT 2FACE IDIBIA
2FACE IDIBIA has been singing all his life. Well, almost.
But since the singer came across music in his early days on earth, there’s been no looking back.
Perhaps greatly influenced by the music genes his mother failed to put to use, Innocent Idibia lived all his early life in the tin city of Jos (Plateau State of Nigeria) itching for music and trying to convince his parents to allow him pursue his dream.
Born in tin mining city of Jos, Plateau State, on September 18, 1975 to Michael and Rose Idibia, both indigenes of Benue state (a region noted for its passion for farming from where 2face and his ex partner Blackface would later derive their group name, Plantashun Boiz), 2face and his immediate family could never have imagined the enormous fame and fortune music would bring his way few decades later.
Today, barely 10 years after he stopped his tertiary education (at the Institute of Management Studies & Technology, Enugu) midway to come to Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial port city, to face music, Idibia stands not only as the nation’s most iconic act, but her most successful debutant ever, the most revered and most 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. He has recently been named Best African act at the 12th edition of the MOBO awards which held at the o2 arena, London on September 19, 2007.
From a young greenhorn, who arrived Lagos in 1997, barely able to make ends meet and unable to afford studio sessions to complete a debut album (with his ex-group, Plantashun Boiz), Idibia has grown to become one of Nigeria’s most successful artistes, selling over 10 million copies of his debut solo album, Face 2 face and his follow-up Grass to Grace ( both released on Kennis Music), performing endlessly across the length and breath of the vast country and across Africa (Uganda, Tanzania, Togo, Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory coast…) and serving as brand ambassador For Guinness Extra Smooth.
Since the release of his debut solo album on May 15, 2004, 2face Idibia has rekindled fading hopes in the Nigerian music industry, and refreshed the dwindling patronage of ladies for local Nigerian music.
Thanks to his monster hit, African Queen which eulogises the strength and beauty of the African woman. “It’s a general song and not directed at any particular person – I can sing it to my mum, sing it to my sister, sing it to anybody. The song is just my own way of paying my tribute and respect to the African woman. But it can also be related to anybody in the world, it’s just about respect for the woman. I am from Africa that’s why I chose to call it ‘African Queen'” he says of the song which was only recently, chosen for the lead soundtrack of PHAT GIRLZ, a new movie from Fox, which premieres April 2006.
The eclectic vocalist has recorded an impressive catalogue of international collaborations. 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 Grammy award-winning 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 2face’s vocal versatility, effortless delivery and pseudo-reggae pop style. The reason is obvious, according to 2face: “I don’t limit myself to one style in terms of what I listen to and the music I make. 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. The major influence on my music is reggae. “