The ‘African Queen’ hitmaker had promised to set up a studio at the institution which named him a pioneer member of its music school in 2019.
Confirming the news on March 15, the singer and songwriter shared a video on Instagram stating, “Some time ago I was honored by the great OUA as I was inducted into the School of Music in as a scholarship holder. Today I just ordered the multimillionaire [naira] studio I built for the OUA Ile-Ife music department.
The artist received many accolades across Nigeria for this gesture. OAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede praised the artist, saying the studio would go a long way in facilitating hands-on learning for students at the institution.
“The most important thing is that the legacy is there and it stays there forever,” said the musician’s wife, actress Annie Idibia. “The next generation will still benefit. And that’s what’s important. He will always be there. It will be written in history. Future generations will be proud of it.”
The artist has also revealed plans to take a similar initiative at Benue State University.
2Baba, formerly 2Face Idibia, was born Innocent Ujah Idibia and is one of the most influential African musicians of his generation. His career started as a member of pop group Plantashun Boiz. As a solo actor, 2Baba is responsible for numerous hits and seven well-received solo albums, and has received top music awards around the world. He is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and runs the 2Baba Foundation.