Veteran Nigerian singer-songwriter and record producer Innocent Ujah Idibia, better known by his stage as 2Baba, has stated that he does not necessarily expect the new generation of musicians to recognize him as a legend.
He believes that while he appreciates the respect that comes with his status, it’s not obligatory for newer artists to recognize him as such.
2Baba made this statement during an episode of the Afrobeats podcast, hosted by Adesope Olajide, also known as Shopsydoo.
He emphasized that he doesn’t take it personally if younger artists don’t explicitly recognize his legendary status, and he understands that each artist has their own journey and story to tell.
He stated, “Nobody owes me anything because everybody that comes, they are going to tell their own stories. They are not going to start telling my own story.
Every artist that comes up now, even if they get inspiration from me or anybody, they are going to use it to elevate themselves. And that is their own stories.”
2Baba, widely known for his hit song “African Queen,” has maintained his relevance in the music industry over the years and has received numerous awards and recognition both within Africa and internationally.
“Nobody owes me anything”
– 2face ‘2Baba’ Idibia
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His perspective on the recognition of his legendary status demonstrates humility and an understanding of the evolving nature of the music industry.