You might know her from 2Baba's music video for African Queen or you might have seen her in movies. Either way, Annie Macaulay-Idibia has found her way onto your screens and into your hearts. But how familiar are you with her early years? Do you know what else she is involved in apart from acting? Find out in this Annie Idibia biography.
Annie rose to fame for her roles in Beautiful Monster and Morning After Dark. In 2016, she won the Fast Rising Actress award at the African Entertainment Legend Awards. Find out more about her career and personal life below.
- Date of birth: November 13, 1984
- Age: 36 years old (as of 2020)
- Birthplace: Nigeria
- Birth sign: Scorpio
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Her family and early days
In her early days, she used to live with her family in Ibadan. Her mother was a housewife, while her father worked at Mobil.
When she was about 10 years old, her parents got divorced. The children stayed with the mother, who went to work at Mobil as a cook.
Speaking about how the divorce affected her, the actress revealed:
My mother bred us from childhood to adulthood because of the divorce. I was almost a tom boy growing up with my brothers. It’s heartbreaking when you live with your parents happily and suddenly, they part ways. Sincerely, we were terribly affected emotionally. It was especially tough where it was only our mother that was attending functions in school and taking care of our needs. It was emotionally sapping and my brothers have their own fair share of memories. It affected me so much while in secondary school because I was always sad going home after school hours to see my mother living without my father. But mum tried her best to make life meaningful for us; she is my hero. And I appreciate God for being there for us.
After that, the family moved, first to Jakande Estate, then to Thomas estate in Lekki, Lagos. At the age of 15, Annie lost one of her brothers (the youngest one) to tuberculosis.
As she wanted to help her mother in keeping the family on its feet, Annie started working as soon as she got out of high school. Before getting into the university, she used to work as a salesperson in a shop, as well as at two other spots.
She did not abandon her job even when studying at the Lagos State University. There, she received a degree in Computer Science. After that, she got into the University of Lagos, where she received her Theatre Arts degree.
Today, the actress keeps in touch with her family, including her father, with whom she made up with not so long ago. Annie Macaulay-Idibia was and still is an exemplary daughter and sister.
Before her fame as a well-known Nollywood star, Annie took on many acting and modelling jobs that came her way. Receiving from ₦2000 to ₦5000 in fees, she never lost hope and continued to work towards her breakthrough. Some of her more famous employers included KC Jabari and Dakova.
Her first chance to show her face in a relatively big thing happened when she appeared in the music video of her then-boyfriend now-husband 2Baba's African Queen in 2004.
The video was very popular back in the day, and now has millions of views on YouTube. The video gave her a taste of stardom, and Annie realized that she wanted more.
Right before her movie star career was about to start, Annie Macaulay-Idibia also participated in a beauty pageant called Queen of All Nations, where she took the third position.
She starred in her first Nollywood movie in 2009. Since then, her resume has included more than ten films, some of which were her famous roles in the movies like Blackberry Babes and Pleasure and Crime.
She has appeared in the following:
- First Family
- Pleasure and Crime
- White Chapel
- Blackberry Babes
- Return of Blackberry Babes
- Estate Runs
- Obiageli The S*x Machine
- Morning After Dark
- Beautiful Moster
She managed to get a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2009 at the Best of Nollywood awards, and secured a win at the 2016 African Entertainment Legend Awards, where she received a Fast Rising Actress prize.
She is the CEO of BeOlive wig and hair extension company, and she has her own line of fake cruelty-free eyelashes, Lashed by Annie Idibia. Mrs Idibia also owns a hair salon in Atlanta, Georgia.
Apart from being a successful entrepreneur, Annie has founded a non-profit organization called Annie Idibia Care Foundation. Its purpose is to help young women prepare for adult life and to teach them how to be active and responsible citizens.
In addition to all that, she also signed an endorsement deal with SlimTea Global (a line of slimming teas).
2Face and Annie Idibia
In addition to her being a popular and successful actress, model and entrepreneur, Annie is also a loving wife and mother.
She met her husband, Innocent Idibia, more known to the public as 2face, 2face Idibia or 2Baba, in 1999. The couple began dating in 2002 and has been together on and off until their wedding. Annie Idibia wedding to 2Baba took place in 2013.
Annie Idibia children
Annie Idibia kids with 2Baba are Isabella Idibia (born in 2008) and Olivia Idibia (born in 2014). Annie also serves as a mother to five other 2face Idibia children: Zion, Nino, Ehi, Justin and Innocent. These children come from three other women 2face dated before finally proposing to Annie.
Back in March 2017, several photos sparked the rumour that Annie was pregnant with the couple's third child. However, the star disproved those rumours.
Annie Idibia is young and full of energy and passion. She obviously has great love for what she is doing, and she makes sure that everyone around her sees it. She seems like a wonderful person on and off the screen, so we wish her all the best in her future ventures. May she stay just as bright and beautiful as she is now.
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Source: Legit Nigeria