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Friday, 30 August 2013


Tuface whose real name is Innocent Uji Idibia met his former bandmate Augustine Amedu popularly known as Blackface in September, 1987 at St. Gabriel Secondary School, Markudi, Benue State.

The chance meeting occurred the first day Tuface resumed as a J.S,S 1 student of the school. While strutting about the school premises in his new uniform,sandals, bag, and stuff; feeling like an award winner (which he now has many to showcase), a J.S.S 2 student barked "Hey, come here! What is your name?" to which Tuface responded. The senior student was Blackface.

Their path had crossed and that chance meeting transformed into a serious friendship of many years. Both boys kept hooking up in school and at home, particularly at St. Mary's Catholic Church during the holidays.

Upon completing their secondary school education, Tuface and Blackface were admitted and matriculated into Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Enugu to pursue higher studies leading to the award of National Diploma (ND). By 1996, eight solid years after they first met, their chemistry has crystallized, and they put together a popular award-winning music group - Plantashun Boiz..

Later the Boys left Enugu for Festac, Lagos where they hoped to find greener pastures and launch their music careers. In Lagos, they were first accomodated by Blackface's elder brother who held, at that time, rank of a Major in the Nigerian Army.

Tuface and Blackface met a whole lot of people at that time; including Annie Macaulay Idibia (Tuface's wife) who was 17 years-old, Chibuzor (Faze), who later joined Plantashun Boiz, Nelson Brown (their first manager and producer) etc. The rest of the story is now history.

What makes me a bit sad is the sour relationship Tuface and Blackface now share despite their journey of friendship in the past; their struggles without money, food, decent clothing etc;

Enjoy some of their Pictures of the past and compare with Pictures of the present:

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