2Face Live! – Your Post-Event ‘Implication’ – Exclusive Photos & Stories From The Concert

In the few weeks to the 26th of September, the build-up to the 2Face Live Concert rose to a crescendo that can almost be described as manic. From constant ads and sweepstakes running on the radio, to talk and buzz on social platforms. The buzz was justified for many reasons. First of which is the fact that, Live concerts (without backing tracks) are a rarity. Next is the commonly known fact that 2face is an extraordinary entertainer. He’s often been tagged as Nigeria’s biggest export. He has had his share of  highs as well as his lows. And it’s safe to say that night, live shows in Nigeria have been restricted solely to soul and alternative music acts – never mainstream.

For 2face, the show started long before the large doors of Eko Hotel’s Expo Center swung open to guests at 6.23PM. With all the props set on stage, he got in one last rehearsal from top to bottom with the whole cast. Right in the middle of the final rehearsal, CNN cast and crew arrived for a 10 minute interview with 2face. It’s possibly the second time, a contemporary Nigerian artiste would get an appearance on CNN (First was Nneka on African Voices). After a few words with Isha Sesay, he discussed with Studio 53 Extra‘s Eku Edewor about the soon-to-begin show.

With the interviews over, 2face was hustled through the already gathering crowd of fans from Eko Hotel’s swimming pool back in the hall to get the final bit of the rehearsal done. With that covered, the hall was soon cleared and the doors were opened to guests after a short wait. The queue to get tickets processed was long to say the least, but guests were not dismayed as excitement filled the air.

A few spins from the DJ and a quick dance routine to get the guests settled in and pumped for the evenings festivities. Talented songstress, Tiwa Savage, officially kicked off the show with her rendition of National anthem followed shortly by a performance of her popular single, Kele Kele Love. A short tribute video to 2face, was played, featuring tributes from Wyclef, D’banj, M.I, Banky, and a host of others.

Hosts of the event, M.I and Banky formally welcomed the guests and dropped a few wise cracks that got the crowd going. The show really got started as noise of feigned chaos poured from the speakers while dancers flooded the stage choreographing a state of anarchy – beating and killing each other. 2face sang Odi Ya from off the stage. For the 2 full minutes that this went on, the almost silent question was ‘Where’s 2face?’

That question got answered at the start of Free with 2face making his grand entrance in chains and an orange jumpsuit, tethered by two really tall models. While he performed, he was dragged back and forth on the stage by them, as he fought to get through his song. He made a theatrical costume switch from the orange jumpsuit to a white tunic and performed One Love. At the costume change, the crowd went wild.

The tempo slowed down, with 2face behind a red screen. An unknown (at the time) female silhouette, stripped him down and then proceeded to dance sensually against him.

The crowd response was high, with cat calls and lots of laughter filling the hall. He finally came from behind the screen and introduced the mystery lady as Tonto Dike. Right after which he came from behind the screen and performed Flex and then Outside.

The tempo slowed further down with 2face singing a medley of his love songs from True Love to African Queen. While he performed the award winning song, a bevy of beauties catwalked out on the stage. At the end of which he introduced all the guests to his (in his words) number one African Queen – his daughter, Ene Idibia.

He performed Thank You from his debut album, with some little children dressed as angels holding candles. At the end of this, he sang along side a quick selection of the artistes he’d worked with over his career.

One in a Million Girl with Solidstar, Street Credibilty with 9ice, Stylee with DJ Jimmy Jatt and Elajoe, Sip Easy with Freestyle and Enter the Place with Sound Sultan. His song with Sound Sultan saw Timaya and Terry G jumping on stage and dancing ‘alanta’ along with 2face as they repeated a particular line in their song “We dey dance alanta/we dey leap/we dey hop eh“. He crowned off the featured performances with songs from his Plantashun Boiz days alongside Faze. They sang two songs from the glory days like Knock Me Off Baby as well as Baby Don’t You Know.

He ended the night’s activities with a highly anticipated performance of Implication. Midway through the song, all the guest artistes present joined 2face on stage as everyone in the hall jumped and sang along.

Photo Credit: Shola Animashaun

42 Comments on 2Face Live! – Your Post-Event ‘Implication’ – Exclusive Photos & Stories From The Concert
  • Linda October 6, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Yaaaay! First to comment! I was there…saw it all LIVE and it was FANTASTIC!!

  • jennifer October 6, 2010 at 10:28 am

    wow i love tuface.he is a legend.

  • 9ja@50 October 6, 2010 at 10:40 am

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…………..reading this make me fill like he should repeat d show. it was bam………………….. Love 2face alwz.

  • Mo Sexiee October 6, 2010 at 11:23 am

    i was there too…. the guy is simply talented, i dont think there is any other artiste in nigeria that can pull that off single handedly like 2face did……. the show was just too hawwwwttttttt.

  • WaleAdeniji October 6, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Nice one there….

  • udeme October 6, 2010 at 11:40 am

    when is it coming to abuja?

  • fokasibe October 6, 2010 at 11:42 am

    WOW! If I could turn…back the hands of time….(sang in an R.Kelly wannabe like voice) I hope there’ll be dvd’s out soon so thouse of us who couldn’t go can watch….Looks like it was some maddddddd fun in there! Well done to Tubaba and the organizers….not heard about 1 hiccup since \i started getting feedback from my friends / fam….Good on ya!

  • MIKE October 6, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    5k well spent

  • Ejim October 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    my man Ene is really the African Queen

  • johnson October 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    i did not have the money if i had it go know i should have been there

  • Peperempe October 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    It looks fantastic and the coverage by BN makes me feel like I was right there. 2face is now officially an icon of naija music, the only truly headline act that we have. MI could be another one in a few years.

  • Someone October 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    2face please let us have the dvd. I saw 2face in London, he was so cool.

  • Mariamah October 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Pls do another show in lagos now, 2Face is the best any day.

  • Alero October 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    wasnt @ show cos I am not based in Lagos,but I learnt he did some real sensual “things” with Tonto Dike.

  • Ms. Jayee October 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    YEP! IT WAS.

  • Musings of Ewa October 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    chei, tonto dike aint skipping a beat

  • Pam October 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Hes upped the game.

  • jeli October 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    dbanj needs to learn from this guy…

  • stanley October 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yeah i keep saying this TU BABA,is a legend of legendary as far i am concern 2 face is the bomb except nothin but an excellent performances anytime
    UP BABA.

  • Olivia October 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Awww!!! Wish I was back home, wouldn’t have missed this for the world!! 2Face’s talent is phenomenal and Naija music industry has come of age. Can’t wait to get the DVD of the show.

  • Pam October 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    and I love the fact that all his collabos with other artistes where done too. its a good look. and faze…. wow. Now Muzik rocks

  • My country October 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    this is really impressive… good job Tuface!

  • olakunle October 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    it was a nice show….tubaba is da BOMB!!!!!!!!!

  • Jamer brown October 6, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Dis dude is off d huk,pls mak shaw we gt d dvd’s in benin.brown

  • Brittle Paper October 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks Bella!. Nice reporting.

  • Favour OGBEs October 7, 2010 at 2:30 am

    what can I say that is not in everyone mind concerning tubaba. i just wish i was there.. I love 2 face.

  • AlooFar October 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

    This is a brilliant report. I was present. Reading this brings back the memory.

    Nice. Really nice.

  • kunle oduntan October 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    tu face is relly legend,keep trying

  • Oguzie J.J.(PD Italy) October 7, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Just wondering from which planet earth is 2baba from? Never realised that i had the answers wt me. 9ja has it all. Its only a matter of times for the whole world to come to realities of how much is our country NIGERIA has for humanity. 2baba, U 2 much.

  • ayobami October 8, 2010 at 6:28 am

    May God continue 2 bless 2face,BN. & naija.he`z bcom a truly international act with all he achieved in 2010.thumbz up

  • sapphy October 8, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I shda been there! I’m so sad! I love 2face… Loved him for abt 10yrs now! He’s too talented! Who God had blessed, no man can curse! 2baba…no lele… Nothin dey happen!!!

  • Oluwasegun October 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

    2baba, in a few words.. one of d best.. One cant help but b proud of all he has been able to achieve.. Kudos 2 d organisers.. More of dis please!

  • Mary007 October 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Jibola L welldone on this wonderful write up, it seemed like I was there

  • d yenks October 14, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I love 2 face for life, he gives me hope in the musical world…

  • Veno October 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    BTW all outfit for the show was by MAI, he made 2baba look like the international star that he his plus work with the concept of the show. MAI costumes were HAWT!!!, 2face was HOTTER and the show was the HOTTEST!!!!!!!

  • Mcd October 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    yh great show……….tu baba ma man

  • ruth October 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    2baba my guy u are the beeeeeesssssssst musician in my world of music and your music gives hope

  • yemi November 7, 2010 at 11:48 am

    2baba ….u d best..hapi 2 take a shot wit u @ channel O Award….2BABA..1love

  • Heaven sent November 10, 2010 at 9:31 am


  • Louis Alex February 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    all u guys are incomparable to what I feel 4 2baba, he’s an angel sent to naija make people like feel like am flying. He made me love circular music. 2baba d world is yet to see. LOVE U BOY

  • ikenna July 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    tubaba u are 2 much may god alwaz protect u from ur enemies who pretend 2 be ur friend. I lv u

  • chairman mach July 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    he is my fav artist but he needs to bring in his own boys into d game. like lil wayne did wit young money

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