There was so much hype around the wedding of African Queen exponent, Tuface Idibia to his heartthrob, Annie. The wedding, which kicked off with traditional engagement held in Akwa Ibom State, ending up with the exchange of vows at the famous Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai, has been the talk-of-the-town. Indeed, from the small towns to the big cities across the continent of Africa, the Idibia wedding dominated discussions.
On the social media, pictures and gist from the wedding received likes, re-tweets and thousands of comments. Without a doubt, the consternation of stars at the wedding got many dreaming of stardom, it made lots of youngsters wishing they had talent that would make them as famous as the bridegroom. Just as the wedding generated never-before-seen adulation of a Nigerian celebrity, it also has created a major challenge for Tuface, who until now was regarded as the star of the masses.
Much unlike some of his contemporaries who don’t hide their love for the champagne life, Tubaba, as he is fondly called, never failed to criticize the people in power for the fate of the less privileged. His monster hit, E be Like Say is a favorite of fans because of how he took a swipe at government in the song. Many would have vowed that though the Benue-born singer belongs to the money and power obsessed world of showbiz, he is not the one to sell out to people in the corridors of power.
Perhaps, this explains why he displayed a short-lived reluctance in accepting the Toyota Prado SUV gift from Governor Godswill Akpabio. His wife, Annie received the car along with a N3 million cheque to sponsor her family to Dubai. Just as the dust caused by Tuface’s new look on government spending was settling, word came in from the UAE that he was again given a $46,000 Chevrolet Corvette by the Senate President, David Mark.
The spokesperson to the country’s No. 3 man, Kola Ologbodiyan has since distanced his principal from the controversial gift, and those who know Mark said he is not given to such extravagance. But time will tell who exactly gave Tuface the posh car.
Though, Tuface has made himself and lots of his fans happy by tying the nuptial knot, he just might have lost ardent followers whom once held him up as the humane, humble artiste who prefers to dine with the masses than the oppressive bourgeois.