‘Sound Sultan was one of the nicest people I ever met’ – 2Baba
Nigerian musician Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2Baba, was overcome with emotion while discussing his late friend, Sound Sultan, during an interview on the Afrobeats Podcast with Adesola.
When asked about how the loss of Sound Sultan had impacted him, 2Baba struggled to find the right words to describe his feelings. The weight of the emotional moment left him silent for a few seconds, highlighting the deep bond and connection he shared with the late singer.
He said, “Sultan, I don’t know…he was one of the ‘goodest’, if I can use that word. he was one of the ‘goodest’ people you can ever come across.”
Tuface (2Baba) expressed that the passing of Sound Sultan had a profound impact on him. He revealed that it took him a considerable amount of time to come to terms with the reality of Sound Sultan’s death. Reflecting on his initial reaction, Tuface shared that he couldn’t believe the news when he first heard it, almost treating it like a joke due to his disbelief.
Tuface also disclosed that Sound Sultan’s battle with cancer was not immediately identified. He mentioned that Sound Sultan had a delayed diagnosis of his illness and that initially, the symptoms were misdiagnosed as malaria after undergoing tests in the country.
He said, “For a long time, I did not accept that fact, it was like a joke. The diagnosis was late, he did tests in Nigeria, We thought it was malaria but I don’t want to get into all that.” He refused to say more after that.
Sound Sultan’s unfortunate passing occurred on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at the age of 44 due to his battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. The news of his death deeply affected the Nigerian community, as Sound Sultan was a well-respected and beloved figure within the music industry and beyond.
Despite the passage of two years since his demise, it’s evident that the impact of Sound Sultan’s loss continues to deeply resonate with his close friend Tuface. The emotions and memories associated with a dear friend’s passing can remain strong and enduring, especially when the friendship was as close and significant as the one shared between Tuface and Sound Sultan.
See the interview below: