Nigerian music mogul, 2baba, Innocent Ujah Idibia, has revealed that his saddest moments were those times people wrote so many unprintable things about him when his children were born by different women.
The singer who fathers six children from three different women but married to one, Annie, told the Sun:
“My saddest moment was when they were writing things about me some years ago while I was celebrating the kids coming.
“Some people were using it against me, and saying some hurtful things to put me down. I wondered how people could be so mean as to say some things about other humans.
“Another sad moment was when I lost my dad.
“All of a sudden I realized that this man who used to carry us on his shoulders and take us out for shopping and all that was going to die.
“Although, I tried all I could but I couldn’t help him, and he died. I cried like a baby.”
He identified humility, respect for people, talent and belief in oneself as key factors to being a successful musician.
“The number one factor to success is that you have to be ready mentally, physically, spiritually and every other ‘ally’. You have to be ready to face challenges.
Number two is respect. You must respect people because people are the backbones of your success and failure. Respect your fans and the people that contributed in one way or the other to your career, because there is no artiste that can come out and say he or she is an island.
You must have some level of humility as well. It’s not necessary that you greet everybody you see on the road; but you have to know that since you have put yourself out there, you must be humble. And finally, you need to have talent; talent is key because it is the foundation on which you will build your career as a musician.”
Speaking about his regrets:
“I am not somebody that likes to regret. I feel that whatever that happens has happened. The only thing I think of is how to blend and turn things positively. I don’t just sit down; fold my hands and start regretting. Instead, I re-adjust and move on.”