Saturday, 22 December 2012


Blackface the leader of defunct R & B group known as Plantashun Boiz ,is not a happy person now.
He reveal that he is currently finding life difficult economic wise.

The Benue State born music star, according to what we scooped has been using any opportunity he has to tell his listeners that his current woes began not long ago after he jetted out of the country months back to the Asian country of Malaysia,in search of greener.
But after spending weeks in the country, he had to return to Nigeria when he fell out with his promoter, who is getting him shows and promoting his works in the country.
According to the rumour then, Blackface was squatting with the promoter while in the country but trouble struck when the promoter returned home one day and allegedly found Blackface and his wife in a questionable position and without further delays, he sent the dancehall star packing.
Compounding Blackface’s problems, his wife of 8 years; Dayo moved out of the home with their two children when the music act could no longer fend for them.
Since then, the highly revered song writer has been running from pillar to post to better his life.
After keeping silent all this while, Blackface has finally opened up on his divorce story, how 2face Idibia betrayed him and his many challenges.
Excerpts from the interview below:                                                                      
Do you regret the end of Plantashun Boys?

Why will I regret? If the group didn’t split where will I stand today? You wouldn’t have heard of Blackface Naija. I would still be under the shadow of Plantashun Boys. I’m happy the way I am because our break-up really gave me the chance to create my own kind of music that stands out.

During your trials why didn’t Tuface come to your aid?

It is not everybody that will help you in life. Some people’s problems are two-times bigger than yours. It’s a case of big man, big problem. I didn’t feel bad because I didn’t see him around me.

But as your brother, friend and colleague one expected him to help you out-

Maybe he knew I was going to take care of myself. He knows me as a resilient never say die soldier. I don’t always give up until I reach the cross line. Everything that happened to me was a lesson to me, it’s nobody’s fault and I can’t blame anybody for my downfall. I’m just happy the way God has built my life and career.
What is your relationship with Tuface?

We are ex members of Plantashun Boys.

When was the last time you and Tuface communicated?

Omo the communication just dey o. Everybody is on his own but I communicate with Faze often.
The song, African Queen has generated a lot of controversy, who is the rightful owner of the song?

 I know the song has generated a whole lot of revenue. Right now, I and Tuface have joint ownership of that song. But from the inception it was not like that. My publisher, BMI had to find a way to work that out. All the funds the song has been generating I’m supposed to have 50 per cent of it, which I’m not getting and I don’t just know what is happening. I’m still trying to find out what is happening. There is even a situation whereby somebody in Jamaica sang African Queen and some other persons like that of which I was not aware. Nobody told me that he was going to sing my song. So, there are some issues that I and Tuface need to sit down and iron out, but Tuface is difficult to get on the table. So I have decided to do it on my own. Surely, with time we’ll get to the root of the matter because we both have 50 per cent right to the song.

That means Tuface has been cheating you

Yes, because I was not being paid and you know the way it is in Nigeria, the ideology is that because one is not on one particular record label they won’t put his name to a song he wrote just because they don’t want to promote the person. But the fact is that your intellectual property remains you intellectual property, nobody can take that away from you.
Did you ask him to include the song in his album?

Yes, we wrote it together and I gave him permission to do so because when he was recording his album we were still living in the same apartment. I found out that the album was not making any sense, so I told him that the only thing that will allow the album to make sense is to include the song African Queen which we both wrote. But I didn’t say he should take away my own right. That is the rider. For the fact that I wrote a song for you to perform does not mean you should claim it and deprive me of my own right.
Why did your wife abandon you?

Nothing really happened. The fact is just that when a man is going through tribulations, not every woman will stand by him. But it’s all good, I’m just trying to start my life all over again.
Is there any plan of taking her back?

We’ve not even discussed that yet. My priority now is me and my career. Now that I don’t have any family I think it is it time to pick myself up and start all over again. I have a studio in my house; I work day in, day out, because I really want to get back to my fans. So until I feel that I’m ok then I will give that a second thought.

Does that mean your wife “took a walk” because you could no longer fend for the family?

Maybe that is what she felt; I can’t question her decision. I don’t know what was on her mind. That is why you need to see her and ask her. Because, myself, I cannot explain.

How often do you people communicate?

Once in a while.

What about your kids?

We talk always because they have their own phones. Caroline is 7 and Alex is going to be 5 very soon. My daughter is going to be a singer too.
Culled from E-Express
                                                      Blackface and his family when the going was good
                                                                                         Tuface Idibia

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