Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye, also popularly known as P Square are Nigerian R&B duo of identical twin brothers, famous for singing and dance. They produce and release their albums through Square Records managed by their elder brother, Jude Okoye.
In December 2011, they also signed a record deal with Akon’s Konvict Muzik label and In May 2012, they signed a record distribution deal with Universal Music South Africa.
P Square – Peter and Paul Okoye – are both married, each with kids. Peter got married on November 17, 2013, to his longtime girlfriend, Titilola Loretta Omotayo – a marketing representative. The couple have two kids; son Cameron and daughter Aliona.
On March 22, 2014, Paul Okoye got married to Anita Isama whom he met in 2004 while attending school in the University of Abuja. They have a son Andre.
The twins also bought houses next to each other in Atlanta, USA.
P square began their music career from St. Murumba secondary school, a small Catholic school in Jos, when Peter and Paul joined their school music and drama club. They began singing, dancing, and mimicking songs by MC Hammer, Bobby Brown and Michael Jackson.
Their artistic talent and precise dance routine soon made them household names in the city of Jos, where they performed at school functions and other occasions.
P Square 1999
Later in 1999, Peter and Paul returned to music school to develop their skills on the keyboard, drums, bass and rhythm guitar. Their work includes the soundtracks for a number of films like Tobi, Mama Sunday, Moment of Bitterness and Evas River.
P Square also enrolled at the University of Abuja in the later part of 1999 to study Business Administration. The Smooth Criminals, originally made up of 5 performers including Peter and Paul, disbanded when its members left to various other universities.
But subsequently Peter and Paul formed their own group, variably called “Double P”, “P&P”, and “Da Pees”, until they eventually settled on “P Square”. They were initially managed by Bayo Odusami aka Howie T, a seasoned concert promoter and the CEO of Adrot Nigeria Limited.
Career Take Off (2001 – 2003)
In 2001, “P Square” won the “Grab Da Mic” competition, and hence Benson & Hedges sponsored their debut album, titled Last Nite, which was released under Timbuk2 music label. They were also nominated as “Most Promising African Group” in the Kora Awards three months after the release of their debut album. They eventually won the 2003 Amen Award for “Best R&B Group”
Career 2005 – 2010
P Square relocated to Lagos In 2005, they released their second album, Get Squared under their own label, Square Records. This album was marketed nationwide by TJoe Enterprises, although they were still managed by Howie T of Adrot Nigeria Limited. The video for the second album held the #1 position on the MTV Base chart for four straight weeks.
P Square released their bestselling album so far Game Over late 2007 which sold over 8 million copies worldwide, followed by their fourth studio album, Danger released in 2009.
The album features collaborations with 2 Face Idibia, J Martins and Frenzy. The first single called “Danger” is a hip hop song with cutting synths and a frog bass baseline similar to an Eminem song.
P Square was named Artist of the Year April 4, 2010, at the Kora Awards in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso while the brothers were in London for a concert at the Troxy. They received a sum of $1 million as the award winners, in Ebibiyin City. They became Globacom Ambassadors for their sponsorship with ‘DancewithPeter’ (a talent hunt) TV Radio entertainment programme and were given Range Rover SUVs.
P Square 2014 – 2016.
P Square released a single track featuring the top American Artist T.I in August 29, 2014 – which went viral on TV & Radio stations as well as the internet. Double Trouble was also released on September 14, the same year.
On 24 February 2016 News of how Globacom decided not to renew its Ambassadorship deal with the duo, albeit renewing the contract with other Ambassadors, hit the news. This was as a result of fallout between the company’s representatives and Peter, one half of the P Square twins, during the grand finale of the Dance with Peter talent hunt show.
Career Controversy and Latest News
The P Square have hinted on their separation following a rift between the brothers since 2015.
Their music career has often been referred as a family business as they hire their elder brother Mr. Jude Okoye to be the group’s manage. Peter, who recently announced his break up from the group, in an interview, initiated another name, Mr. P, while Paul took that of ‘Rudeboy.’
During the interview, Peter informed the media that he has fired Mr. Jude for his inability to give the group a proper brand and structure. The brothers also had differences in opinion regarding what Peter perceived as lopsidedness in individual input of songs which was getting featured on their joint albums with Paul getting a lion share of his songs selected.
The fact that the duo shared all their career revenues equally with brother and manager, Jude, did not go down well with Peter. According to him, managers gets 15% – 25% of an artiste’s income, therefore the same should apply for Jude.
Although, Jude had openly tweeted that he has stopped managing P Square, on March 17, 2016 (quote: “Please i stopped being Psquares management for over a month now (for the 4th time). Let me be at PEACE. Thank you”), Peter still keeps an open mind the P Square might get back together.
Fans and well wishers of the P Square brand also wish the same.