One of the most inspirational and iconic music group in Nigeria, P Square (real names, Peter and Paul Okoye), has finally decided to bury the hatchet and come back together. The four-year feud ended 17th November 2021, a day to their fortieth birthday. We know how P Square pioneered dance steps, made huge hits, with several of their songs topping the charts.
Their songs were the toasts of nightclubs, parties, radio and television stations. Some of their hits include Shekini, Alingo, No One Be like you, E no easy, Bizzy Body, Temptation, Bring it on, Ifunanya, Roll It, Gimme Dat, Testimony, Do as I do, Chop My Money, Beautiful Onyinye, Personally. Together, they did four studio albums and a number of singles.
In December 2011, they signed a record deal with Grammy Award winning artist, Akon’s music company, Konvict Muzik. In May 2012, they signed a record distribution deal with American-Dutch multinational music corporation, Universal Music Group. UMG is the biggest music company in the world. As at 2021, the company’s valuation was about $55b. Among the awards won by the music duo include MTV Africa Music Award for Best Group, 2009, 2010, 2015. They also won the 2015 edition of MTV Africa Music Award Artiste of the Decade, 2003 Amen Award for “Best R&B Group”, P-Square also won the 2010 Kora Awards for Artist of the Year. They were nominated in 2001 as “Most Promising African Group” in the Kora Awards three months after the release of their debut album, ‘Last Nite’.
P Square also did collaborations with notable artists like Rick Ross, Ginuiwine, Sean Paul, Akon. T.I.
While we were still enjoying the twin brothers as they made waves, fame, money and influence home and abroad, they broke up suddenly in 2017. According to reports, the duo had a difference in opinion regarding what Peter perceived as a lopsidedness in individual input of songs which was getting featured on their joint albums with Paul getting a lion share of his songs selected. This led to Peter refusing to do anything associated with the name “P-Square” for weeks. He later relocated with his wife and kids from the mansion they shared. A lawyer was involved to help split their fortune as they were both involved in joint ventures over the prior years.
Since they parted ways, each had embarked on solo career, living their separate lives with Peter adopting the name ‘Mr. P’ and Paul, ‘RudeBoy’. The Vanguard reports that the break up cost them numerous endorsement deals that ran into millions of naira. Besides, tongues were wagging then that the favourite singers were busy selling off some of their joint assets located in highbrow areas in Lagos, just as their bankers were said to be complaining about getting frequent debits from their accounts.
In 2016, Peter had announced on his twitter page that the group had sacked Jude Okoye, their elder brother, as their manager.
In December 2020, Peter Okoye laid emphasis on the chapter of him getting back together with his brother as ‘closed’, and said they weren’t the first group to split. He then said anyone who said they would ever reconcile would be “barking”. But it seems like they weren’t barking after all. Comments like “Apologise to your bro”, “bring back our P Square”, “He doesn’t know how to sing”, “He is nothing but a dancer”, “his career is dead”, “Why is he so childish?”, “you’re an upcoming artist”, bla bla bla kept swooning his social media handles, but he always had befitting answers to them…
Last weekend, their fans were immensely overwhelmed when they resumed following each other on their social media handles. On their 40th birthday (November 18th), lots of videos came into view about the twins performing together at a party. Other guests at the party were so ecstatic that they danced and jubilated with them, as they sang some of the inactive groups’ hit songs. Fans were also excited on social media and kept on posting and reposting their performance videos with congratulatory captions and comments.
Saturday Beats also inferred that the reunion was made possible by the immeasurable efforts of other celebrities, family members and very well accomplished personalities, who are also fans of the music twin brothers. One of these people is a cousin to the brothers, Martins Justice (J martins).
Their wives (Lola Omotayo Okoye and Anita Okoye) also took to their Instagram pages to express their gratitude towards the reunion, and added that it was the best birthday blessing they had received so far.
I think it’s safe to say that whether the brothers come back as P Square or not, what matters most is that they no longer share bad blood, as they have experienced life and some of what it encompasses in their own individual capacities.