Annie Macaulay-Idibia is a Nigerian actress, model, and presenter famously known as the wife of the Nigerian musician, Innocent Idibia, also known as 2Baba.
Annie made a name for herself after a cameo appearance in the music video of 2Baba’s “African Queen”. Subsequently, she made appearances in many Nollywood movies and has once been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2009. Despite having a happy marriage and life, she has not been able to avoid controversies. She has been constantly making headlines due to the many controversies around her.
What is Annie Idibia’s Age?
Annie Macaulay-Idibia was born in Ibadan on November 13th, 1984. She is currently 39 years old and hails from Eket in Akwa Ibom State. Her father worked with Mobil, a renowned oil company in Nigeria, while her mother was a housewife. Her parents got divorced when she was 10 years old, and this led to a separation from their father.
Though much is not known about her father, he died in 2002 after reconciling with the actress and battling cancer. Annie grew up under the care of her mother after the divorce, alongside her brothers. It was revealed that her mother took up a job at Mobil as a cook after the divorce to be able to fend for her kids. After some time, her family relocated to Jakande Estate before moving on to Thomas Estate in Lekki, Lagos State.
At a young age, Annie started helping her mother out with solving financial issues as she engaged in menial jobs. She grew up alongside her two older brothers under the care of her mother. At the age of 15, she lost her younger brother, Emmanuel Macaulay, who was 13 at the time, to tuberculosis. Her relationship with her two older brothers is strained as the older one, Uduak Macaulay, took to his Instagram to disown her.
In March 2022, Wisdom Macaulay called his sister out for enslaving him and introducing him to drugs. He also said she failed to keep the promises that she made to him. In response, Annie also took to social media to defend herself against all of her brother’s allegations. Despite this, the actress maintains a close relationship with her mother and always flaunts her pictures on her social media handles.
Annie Macaulay-Idibia Holds Two Degrees
Annie Macaulay-Idibia had part of her education in Ibadan before she relocated with her mother to Lagos. She completed her secondary education in Lagos before gaining admission into the university. The actress would go on to obtain a degree in computer science from Lagos State University.
With a talent for the arts, she moved on to study theatre arts, graduating with a second degree from the University of Lagos.
The Actress Has Had Many Onscreen Roles
While at university, Annie Macaulay-Idibia took up minor acting and modeling roles, putting her educational knowledge to good use. She earned about N2,000 to N5,000 for her roles. People like Dakova and KC Jabari usually gave her roles which she played then. Prior to her big break, she contested for the title of Queen of the All Nation Beauty Pageant and emerged as the second runner-up.
Annie’s big break came after she made a cameo appearance in the music video of 2Baba’s “African Queen” in 2004. He was her boyfriend at the time. In 2009, she made her debut in the Nollywood industry and has since recorded over ten movie credits. The actress has also been honored for her outstanding acting skills; she was nominated as the Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 Best of Nollywood Awards.
In 2016, she received the African Entertainment Legend Awards’ Fast Rising Actress Award. Her movie credits so far include:
- First family
- Pleasure and crime
- White chapel
- Blackberry babes
- Estate runs
- Obiageli the sex machine
- Morning after dark
- Beautiful moster
- Open scar
- Secret lovers
- Desires of married women
How Did 2Baba and Annie Idibia Meet?
Though Annie Macaulay-Idibia got some fame from her previous endeavors, her marriage to Nigerian music legend 2Baba made her a recognized public figure. The duo met for the first time when Annie was just fifteen at the Even Ezra music studio. Though they didn’t kick off a relationship immediately, they had some chemistry between them. They started off as casual friends and started dating officially in 2004, by the time they shot the music video for African Queen.
When Annie was 16, the duo had already started dating, but the music icon was still with Plantashun Boiz and hadn’t attained fame by then. Dating the music icon wasn’t easy for Annie, as she experienced difficulties in her entertainment career for being 2Baba’s girl. This caused a breakup between the duo, but they later made up.
Years later, after the music icon gained fame, 2Baba got Pero Adeniyi and Sumbo Ajala pregnant. This hurt Annie badly and led to another breakup between the two lovers. Their longest break, which lasted over a year, came when the music icon got the two women pregnant for the second time.
Annie and Tuface would make up again, and this time, she gave birth to the music icon’s fifth child, Isabel. In 2012, though the lovers were on good terms, Pero still gave birth to 2Baba’s sixth child.
2Baba Proposed to Annie Macaulay-Idibia in 2012
Despite the turbulent relationship between 2Baba and Annie Macaulay-Idibia, they still maintained a good relationship. Though they stopped dating, 2Baba visited her home before Valentine’s Day in 2012 and asked for her forgiveness. The duo were then spotted together on Valentine’s Day in 2012 at Jay Jay Okocha’s Number 10 Club in Victoria Island.
It was reported that the music icon took Annie to a quiet corner and proposed to her. The actress, who was overwhelmed at that time, didn’t hesitate to accept his proposal.
The Duo Had an Elaborate Wedding
2Baba and Annie had a secret wedding in the Lagos Registry on May 1st, 2012. The secret wedding was attended by only close family members of the bride and groom. Prior to the traditional wedding day, the groom and bride held a big pre-wedding party with friends. On Friday, March 8, 2013, they tied the knot in an elaborate traditional wedding in Annie’s hometown in Akwa Ibom State.
The traditional wedding was held in the field of the Apostolic High School in Esit Urua due to the large number of guests that were in attendance. The bride dazzled in her gold lace blouse, accompanied by a richly embellished orange wrapper with a gold head tie and matching accessories. She was accompanied by her aso-ebi, who was dressed in a gold lace fabric that was matched with velvet fabric.
The groom also made a grand entry with his groomsmen. His attire for the day was designed by Taryor Gabriels Bespoke. The music icon wore an orange george, which was the same as his bride, with a white shirt and coral beads. His cap and shoes, which were customized with 2Baba, got much talking. His groomsmen also wore white shirts on gold velvet wrappers.
Many celebrities, like the late Sound Sultan, Kate Henshaw, Ini Edo, Chika Ike, Iyanya, AY, Timaya, and many more, were present at the wedding party. Dignitaries like the former governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio, and former senator, Florence Ita Giwa, also graced the event. The event was a fun-filled one, which got many talking for months.
The duo had a star-studded white wedding on March 23, 2013, in Dubai. The wedding was held at the Sefinah Ballroom of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, a 5-star hotel in Dubai, with only 250 guests in attendance. The wedding reception took place on an exotic island known as Royal Island Beach. Guests were conveyed in luxury boats to the venue of the reception after the wedding ceremony.
After the reception, the wedding after-party was held at Kiza Nite Club, a Nigerian-owned club in Dubai. The wedding was planned by Oaken Events, while Yvonne Nwosu of Vonne Couture made the bridesmaid dresses. The suits for the groomsmen were made by Mai Atafo. Four hotels were fully booked for their guests; Frazier Suites, D Atlantis Hotels, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and Burj Al Arah.
The wedding, which cost over N50 million, was well attended by many Nigerian celebrities, politicians, and dignitaries.
Annie Macaulay-Idibia’s Net Worth
Annie Macaulay-Idibia has been able to amass a net worth of about $5 million from her various endeavors. The actress, who is also a presenter, a model, a philanthropist, a CEO, and a brand ambassador, has been able to make a huge net worth with these ventures.
Her husband 2Baba, on the other hand, has been able to amass a huge net worth of $22 million. He has a flourishing career in music and makes a lion’s share of his income from his music career. Apart from his music career, he also has other ventures from which he builds his net worth, such as endorsements, real estate investments, a farm, and many more. In comparison to his wife’s net worth, he is $17 million richer than her.
Annie Idibia is a Philanthropist and is Also Engaged in Other Businesses
Annie Macaulay-Idibia launched the Annie’s AI Care Foundation in 2016. The foundation is a non-profit organization set up with the aim of empowering African women and youths through funding, training, and healthcare support. It focuses mainly on those who have learning disabilities. So far, the foundation has succeeded in empowering people.
On November 29th, 2018, she visited the Abule Eleru community in Ikorodu to mark her 34th birthday with the less privileged. Accompanied by many Nigerian celebrities like Lilian Esoro, Toyin Abraham, Osas Ighadaro, and many others, they all took part in a cookout session with the women of the community. They also inspired those in attendance with real-life stories of their rise to fame. Over 3,000 people from Lagos, Abuja, and Akwa Ibom have benefited from the foundation since it was founded.
Annie Macaulay-Idibia has also engaged herself fully in the hair business. She runs a beauty salon in Atlanta, Georgia known as BeOlive Hair Studio. In 2015, she launched a hairline known as the BeOlive Hair Collection. The hairline deals in hair accessories and any type of hair. She also owns a line of fake, cruelty-free eyelashes known as Lashed By Annie Idibia.
She is Also a Brand Ambassador
Annie has been able to expand her fan base with her endeavors and that of her husband, 2Baba. She has worked her way up to becoming a brand ambassador for major corporations. The actress is the brand ambassador of SlimTea Nigeria, a weight loss tea. Annie, together with Tboss, was unveiled as the brand ambassador of Instant Pickup Laundry, a mobile-enabled laundry app. She also appeared in a TV commercial for the Coca-cola company with her husband, children, and step-children.
- Brand Ambassador to SlimTea Nigeria
- Brand Ambassador to Instant Pickup Laundry
- Brand Ambassador to coca cola
Meet Annie Idibia’s Children
Annie Macaulay-Idibia and 2Baba have welcomed two daughters since they came together.
1. Isabella Idibia
- Gender: Female
- Date of Birth: 10 December 2008
- Age: 15 years old
- Occupation: Student, Brand Ambassador
Isabella Idibia was the first child Annie had with the music icon and the fifth in the list of children born to him. She was born on December 10th, 2008, while Annie and 2Baba were still dating. Isabelle, who is currently 15 years old, is a bright girl and is known for her stellar academic achievements. She has won awards like the Star Speaker of the Year, Best Sporting Student, Best Diction, and Best Selling Student, as well as gold medals and three bronze medals for her outstanding swimming skills.
Her mother always takes to her social media account to flaunt her achievements. She is also quickly treading her mother’s path and has made her debut onscreen in Mr. X Family Show. Isabella is also a brand ambassador for brands like Walk4Kids. She is currently in secondary school and is growing up under the care of her parents.
2. Olive Idibia
- Gender: Female
- Date of Birth: January 3, 2014
- Age: 10 years old
- Occupation: Student
Olivia Idibia is the second child that Annie and the music icon have welcomed so far. She was born on January 3rd, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States of America. She made news headlines when she traveled to Dubai for leg surgery, which was successful. Her mother also flaunts her on her social media handles.
Olivia together with her sister launched Belvia Kids Foundation and clothing line. The Belvia clothing line deals with shoes, sweatshirts, baseball caps, and other accessories. She is currently growing alongside her elder sister under the care of their mother. In addition to Annie’s two daughters, she is a stepmother to other children born to 2Baba by other women.
Annie Macaulay-Idibia Has Been Involved in a Series of Controversies
Just like many Nigerian celebrities who have most of their activities known to the public, Annie Macaulay-Idibia has not been left out of a series of controversies. In 2005 and 2006, the actress and the music icon’s first baby mama, Pero Adeniyi, called out to each other on social media. The rift was based on photos of 2Baba and his baby mama that circulated on the internet, showing the two kissing in a nightclub in 2005.
As time went by, the two women came together to settle their differences. On September 2, 2021, Annie made it into the news headlines after calling out her husband over having an affair with his first baby mama, Pero Adeniyi. She took to social media to accuse the musician of spending nights under the same roof as his first baby mama.
She also called out the music icon’s brother, Hyacinth Idibia, for allowing 2Baba to sleep in his house with Pero and her kids. Annie also called out her husband’s family members and relatives, stating that they all used their brother as an excuse for all sorts of rubbish, stating that it was unacceptable. An aggrieved Annie took down her husband’s surname on Instagram.
In reaction to the allegation against 2Baba’s family members, his brother Charles Idibia called out Annie too. He stated that she was acting up because she did not get her way at that moment. The music icon’s brother moved on to state that she took her family members for fools because they are peaceful. Charles Idibia added that 2Baba was dying slowly and that he had never seen a man so unhappy as his brother.
Despite this, his family still covered up for Annie for peace to reign. He further stated that Annie’s mother uses juju and went further to share a video of her eldest brother, Uduak Macaulay, disowning her on Instagram.
Many criticized Charles Idibia’s statement on social media. Annie didn’t take it easy on her brother-in-law and hit back at him. She stated that 2Baba was tired because everyone wanted to suck him dry. The actress called out her brother-in-law for living under her roof and coming online to insult her. She also added that if trying to protect her husband and kids makes her a bad person, then she is happy to be bad.
Annie Macaulay-Ididia had an increase in her Instagram followers within this period, and she slammed her husband, his baby mama, and his family members on social media. Annie received both criticism and support from the public for her actions. She was also called out by Pero’s sister. The actress also took to social media to apologize to her husband, his family, and her family some days later.
She later put back her husband’s surname on her Instagram after the rift died down. On her own part, Pero demanded N500 million as compensation for alleged libelous and malicious online publication. Information regarding whether the money was paid or not is unknown. In March 2022, Annie came under fire for an interview she had with co-stars of Young Famous, an African reality show on Netflix. She shared her good and bad times with her husband and how she coped with him.
During the interview, she stated how humiliating it was for her first child to be the fifth child of the music icon, despite meeting him first. She received a lot of backlash from followers and support as well.
Annie Macaulay-Idibia Fight Her Brother
Annie was called out by her elder brother, Wisdom Macaulay, for introducing him to drugs. In a trending video online, he stated that the actress was a violent person and was after his life despite working for her on a series of projects. Wisdom expressed his anger about how he would work for his sister and instead of receiving his due pay, she would give him N20,000 and N30,000. He stated that she withdrew cars from him, the help she gave him, and refused to hire him as her manager after introducing him to hard drugs.
In his statement, he revealed that he asked her for a car to start an Uber ride so that he could fend for his family but was turned down. He came back to continue with the managerial work which she offered him but was turned into a slave instead. Wisdom further stated that Annie doesn’t want him to stand as a man on his own. Both 2Baba and Annie responded to the statement.
According to Annie, her brother went to social media in a rage because she refused to hire him as her manager. She took to her Instagram to accuse him of being entitled. She stated that her brother lives in a three-bedroom apartment fully furnished by her. The actress pointed out that she has been funding her brother’s children’s school fees for nine years since his wife started giving birth. She called all his allegations lies and still maintained that everything came up because she refused to hire him as her manager.
Annie stated that she would not disgrace him despite having voice notes from his wife. She called on the universe to protect her, her hard work, her children, and her family. The actress stood her ground and showed less concern about what the world would believe. 2Baba also took to his Instagram to react to the allegations, stating that he respects family but most of the time they turn out to be the worst enemies.
He further stated that it is funny how some people react, especially when they are told the truth. 2Baba didn’t deny that he was guilty of the same thing, but he didn’t see it as an excuse to misbehave. He said his prayers for Wisdom and also pronounced his love for his wife, asking Allah to guide their path. A few days later, Wisdom took to social media to admit to the claims that all his allegations were lies and apologized to his sister.