Innocent Ujah Idibia, better known by his stage name Tuface Idibia shared his past experience as a university drop out in search of a music career breakthrough. Tuface said several years ago, he’d lie to public transport drivers that he was a staff so as to avoid paying the required fare. The 39 year old revealed this during an interview with Views Channel.
I got robbed sometime [ago] in school. All my audio cassettes that I recorded; they took them. I was sad for like a year plus. I dropped out and I am like look I am not continuing this thing. I am going to follow music. I actually confessed to my parents. I told them the truth that I am not going back to school. I am going to Lagos, FESTAC town. All this waka wey I dey talk so, na molue… “staff,” sometimes na fight we go fight. Them go pursue us from bus…
People especially policemen and members of the armed forces usually tell transport operators that they are “staff” in order to be exempted from paying the fare. Sometimes members of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) use the same method and after a little fuss, the transporter allows them to travel with them for free.
Sometimes, people who do not belong to any of the groups (police, armed forces or NURTW) pretend to be if they do not have money. Tuface Idibia definitely saw it all before finally gaining fame and wealth with his music.