TuBaba Opens Up On His Music, More Kids and Failed Protest
2baba Idibia has opened up on his personal life, his career, why he cancelled the anti-Buhari protest, and more.
In a new interview with Ono Bello, the legendary singer revealed why he chooses to lead a simple life and the importance of staying away from instigating conflicts between him and other artiste, even though they never stop targeting him.
“Some people dey quarrel with me but me I nor know say dem dey quarrel with me sef,” said the singer who switches between pidgin and English in this interview, adding, “I said it in one of my songs: life is so simple: you are on your on path, I am on mine.”
2baba also opened up about the idea of having more children, his collaborative efforts to provide aid to the internally displace, and why he thinks it is important for Nigerians to confront societal issues collectively without having to wait for only when it’s time to hit the streets.
See excerpts from the interview conducted by Ono Bello:
Asked if he write his own songs
“I write most of my songs. I welcome contributions from people – if I feel it. But most of my songs, I write them myself.”
Asked why he frequently addressed societal/politic issues in his songs
“I am interested in politics because it affects my everyday life. I am interested [because] I want to see progress. I want to see things happening. I want to see things moving the way they are supposed to move.
I [also] want to be able to talk about everything – talk about craze, quarrel, love, politics.”
Asked why he never beefs his colleagues in the industry like others do
“I nor know o. Some people dey quarrel with me but me I nor know say dem dey quarrel with me sef. I said it in one of my songs: life is so simple: you are on your on path, I am on mine.”
Asked if he has plans to have more kids with Annie Idibia
“[Laughs] We shall see. It is not in the works, but we shall see. [Laughs] I think I am good. I am blessed with what I have. I’m good.”
Asked about his organisation – the 2face Foundation
“We don’t make noise.
I have worked with One.org, I have worked with Oxfam. Now, we are working with the UN Refugee Commission.
Because we have so many internally displaced people in Nigeria. And so, we work with these people and see how we can make life easier.
I can’t do for [everyone] but I pray that people will join hands. And it is very sad that we have an agency in Nigeria responsible for [the displaced]; it is very sad that some people [steal the rice meant for the displaced]. So, who come worse? Person wey dey pursue them or you wey thief their food?”
Asked about the failed protest
“You see – [the thing] with our society is that many people miss the message sometimes. They miss the essence of things, then they concentrate on what’s not actually the thing, forgetting about what the main thing is.
Me and you know that there is something wrong with our government system- our leadership, society – there’s something very very wrong.
I had it up to here [points at his throat]; I must shout. That is just the protest. Let’s start talking, let’s shout.
Going out physically was the idea, but along the line, a whole lot of people with different motives started to jump into the whole programme, and I [saw] the handwriting on the wall. And me, with my conscience, I would not let people come out; I wouldn’t be able to sleep if one person gets injured.
So, let’s start [talking]. This [corruption] is everywhere, from local government, to federal government, senate, house of assembly, police, army – it’s a very massive problem. So, you cant point finger at [one direction].”
And he said more.
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