2Face Idibia’s Biography for Public Presentation on 20 October

2Face Idibia’s Biography for Public Presentation on 20 October

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 12:17 pm

Cover of the biography of 2Face

Cover of the biography of 2Face

By Funsho Arogundade.

‘A Very Good Bad Guy: The Story of Innocent ‘2face’ Idibia’, the biography of Nigerian pop icon 2face will finally be released on Tuesday 20 October. The book launch, according to Ayeni Adekunle, NET publisher and Idibia’s former publicist, will hold at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The 460-paged book will contain a wide range of materials on 2Face’s life and times, including accounts from his mother, his wife, siblings, colleagues and mentors. It will also contain selected lyrics and discography, as well as editorial materials dating as far back as 2005.

The biography, done in commemoration of the singer’s 40th birthday, is a first-of-its-kind for any pop star in 2Face’s category, and the first by any contemporary Nigerian media platform. It was fully funded and edited by the NET News. The biography is part of the NET Book Series, a dedicated project to document an important era in Nigeria’s creative industry. “It’s the first of many,” said Ayeni.



Already confirmed for the book launch are the duo of Tee A and Ali Baba who will serve as event host and book reviewer respectively. The event will also feature a live conversation between book editor Ayeni Adekunle and 2face Idibia.

In an emotional tribute to be featured in the book, 2Face’s wife, Annie writes: “Innocent is an extraordinary being. I remember when we were so young. He was 24, I was 15. And I still see the same man when I look at him…”

Olumide Iyanda, journalist and publisher, QED.ng, who pens the foreword, said of the singer: “He never rose to a level he could not sustain. Many have come and gone since year 2000. But 2face is still setting an agenda for what an entertainer should look and sound like. He is proof that patience and true love pay.”

For Edi Lawani, showbiz entrepreneur and the man who gave 2Face his first gig, 2Face is a “multi-dimensional man whose life defies definite analysis. He is an immensely blessed person, almost unfairly gifted…”

And confirming the character trait many already attest to, his manager Efe Omorogbe said “He’s never said something to me that I found to be untrue. People often suggest that he is gullible and easy to manipulate. But they have no clue. It’s hard to get him to do what he isn’t sold on make no mistake; the frail-looking, happy-go-lucky, ‘unserious’ guy can be tough as nails when he chooses to be…”

The 2face Idibia biography is the second instalment in NET’s Book Series, following the publication of Chris Ihidero’s ‘Wanderings of a Rapidly Degenerating Mind’ earlier this year.

The book project is projected to replace the company’s weekly print newspaper which has in recent times been epileptic and is already scheduled to go off the stands later this month.

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