2face @ 43: What the African Queen crooner can teach you
Nigerian pop star, 2face Innocent Idibia is 43 today. The talented and versatile music star was born on September 18 1975 and he is undoubtedly one of the gifted voices to come out of the continent.
Below are the inspirational lessons you can learn from this humble entertainer.
- Embodiment of Grace
Yes, 2face is talented, but beyond his musical ingenuity one trait that constantly comes up when telling his story is the grace of God upon his life.
In his career, he has had several near death experiences that should have taken his life.
In 2007, 2face Idibia was robbed at gunpoint, his car was snatched and he was shot on his left knee. No one knows how he does it, but it is evident that he is a “Gracefull” dude.
Despite several career threatening decisions, he is still relevant and an inspiration to other artistes.
- Stay Consistent
Consistency makes you follow through on your goals and dreams when others lack the staying power needed to make their dreams come true.
In 2005, “2baba” won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African act. In 2006, his R n B track, African Queen was used as the sound track for Hollywood movie, Phat Girls which stared Monique. He emerged the first Nigerian act to win MOBO awards in 2007 defeating D’banj and other top African music acts. He released his 3rd album, Unstoppable in 2008 with tracks like ‘Enter The Place’, Excuse me Sister’ and Flex which featured Rn B king, R. Kelly.
- Learn from your mistakes
Just like the Biblical David, 2face just like everyone has made some mistakes. He has 7 kids with 3 different women, but he his quick to tell you: “Nobody holy pass” .
He made reference to his mistakes in his philosophical song ‘Just like rain drops’
Just like rain drops falling from my eyes
Just like my tear drops falling from the sky
It is like a blessing, a blessing in disguise
That we fail to realize
Now I have to pay the price, pay the price
See, young man, be careful and think it twice
Before you choose to use, before you choose to use, use your device
So you don’t have rain drops falling from my eyes
Only it is a blessing in disguise
Oh what a sacrifice, a sacrifice
I see them
If you commit to learning from your mistakes, you will not become a slave to your past. Rather, when you look back you will be glad you gained insights from your past mistakes.