In the extant time and even now, the pride of every African child is to get a wife and settle down as fast as possible. The emphasis is not for any other purpose, but to simply enjoy the continuity that is the basis of our existence.
Innocent Uja Idibia popularly known as 2face is not a Disney creation but a self-styled pop sensation. A music marshal, who made the global recognition and artistic success via a defining song entitled: African Queen, a love song for the African woman.
That singer stormed the showbiz podium alongside his kinsman, Blackface and Faze of the defunct Plantasiun Boiz over a decade ago. He went platinum within two years; carting home national and international laurels including the MTV Base Award.
It’s true that, 2face and sometimes being referred to as 2baba has erred in some quarters. Many have chastised the African most popular RnB sensation and are even ready to descend on him with whatever object within their reach. Even as one understands with their criticism as they continue to throw missiles at him, we’ll agree with an Idoma adage that says: “You don’t kill a sheep because it has got a long neck”.
It is true that 2face has HAD one, two and three concubines with children from each of them before he eventually settled down with his long-time girlfriend, Annie Macaulay. Not minding all other secret relationships that have been swept under the “camera”. It is also true that his seventh child recently made a triumphant entry into the world with a beaming smile; yes, beaming smile- because not many of us were as lucky as the little child and the seventh others who have fallen into the hands of gold and diamond. Why will such a child cry on arrival? We celebrate with the children, and I can’t hold back our congratulatory message, which I’ll put across to the Idibias immediately after this piece.
The news of Tuface Idibia’s alleged ‘awaiting baby’ from a Lagos top banker triggered social media tsunami during the week.
Since the news hit the blogsphere, many ‘Blind Bartimaeuses’ are already labeling the Idoma nation as sex-crazed entity.
The singer had already laughed off the rumour by saying, ‘I don give 8 virgins bele’
Well, he that fetches firewood infected with ants should not complain about the visitation of lizards.
However, before some people begin to call us names, I need to add ‘kerosene’ to this ragging inferno.
I am not saying this to put up a defense for him, hence to defend the culture and tradition of the Idoma people, which uphold the values of investment in human lives instead of some mundane investment. I am saying this also, not to contradict or dispute the general notion that 2face is a brave businessman, but to establish a link between what we’ll rather term ‘artificial wealth and biological wealth’. There is no doubt that the rhymester is a business guru with a lot of investment potentials, but he is also reasonable enough to understands his culture, which has considered investment on other people as paramount.
The Idoma people believe that no matter how wealthy you are, and we hardly can identify your responsibilities in the lives of your people, then you are as good as a pauper. The purpose of that tradition is to ensure continuous progeny. Imagine that everybody stops giving birth, the world will simply come to an abrupt end, and what will be the essence of life if all that you achieve in life goes down with you as soon as you dust your feet and hands off this world. We’ve have seen many huts in front of people’s houses in different villages in Idoma land, indicating that the first son of the man is now a man, meaning that he is married. Hut is the common house that anybody can build and live in, but the joy of the bloke is not the kind of house he lives in, not even the kind of food he eats and the number of bear bottles he is able to consume in a day. His joy is to see his wife and his children all around him. Thus, vindicating the biblical prophecy, ‘Your children shall surround your table.’ His joy is to equally have his father see his children and his grand children. They live long because all that they see around them are not mind-racking like taking a woman to the theatre for abortion, engaging in very dangerous family planning that can destroy the womb and viz a viz. The joy of most Idoma men is wives and children. The Idoma community imbibes a polygamous culture
The number of wives and children an individual has in Idoma land determines the level of his responsiveness. Have you ever asked yourself why kings marry as many as ten to twenty? It is simply that such explains their ability to rule the rest of the community. It goes to explain that your wide knowledge of polygamy can be transferred to the larger community.
From the forgoing, it’s very easy now to imagine the number of souls that would have been lost since 2face became a star if he had continued to live on contraceptives and carelessly on abortion like other stars. Just imagine that Ehi, Justin, Isabella and Ameerah etc. never came. Right now, we have counted six gains with the seventh one in view for him and not six or seven losses as the case may be. Who has erred now? 2face and his culture or those who have discarded the African value system for a more superior, yet dehumanizing western culture of abortion? One would simply imagine the much 2face would have lost in the name of abortion and some terrible pregnancy preventive measures? Are you trying to say that other stars are not being surrounded by girls like 2face? So you will ask and we’ll tell you that it all depends on one’s culture. It was an intentional act. It was one of his most creative and artistic ways to uphold his culture.
He’s been able to live up to God’s instruction “go ye into the world and multiply.’
He had emphasized the 2face wow in his song entitled Rain Drop. He only thought of the waste and finished what he would have settled to achieve in the next twenty years in just five or six years. So, whose life has been wasted now? 2baba has made the most important and awe inspiring investment that cannot be equated in any comparative form. The song master has sent a strong message to his fellow blind artistes to stop fooling around, get creative with what you do even with your foundation as a family man. Many have also forgotten that most artistes have different approach to realizing a lasting media stunt. We won’t say that 2face has used his culture to achieve that because he respects the Idoma culture, but why don’t you still look at it from that angle too. We’ve seen his life style as an impressionable one with different interpretations depending on who you are. Most Artistes live and survive on controversies, but 2baba’s controversy has benefited him and his family. “It’s like rain drop falling from his eyes, and it’s like a blessing- blessing in disguise. He has paid a price of accepting your criticism, just to bring people like you into this world.
Like my people would say, Ohunu ere, Oheche prokonu nye
Think about that!!!
Nota Bene: This article was written before Tuface Idibia wedded Annie Macaulay Idibia by Yours Sincerely and Adoyi Abah Ali