They have given us some of the best and most memorable naija dancing tunes from “Chop My Money” through “Beautiful Onyinye” to “Taste The Money” but there are fears twin siblings Peter and Paul Okoye (P Square) might break up soon because of tension between them and disagreements with their brother Paul who also manages and produces most of their videos. Some close watchers of the Nigerian music scene have however qualified rumours of a break up as a sly publicity stunt to sell their upcoming album. Nollywood film producer and critic Charles Nova tweeted;
“What these musicians will not conjure to trend! Now they say they are fighting and separated! Hype! New album pre buzz…”
The team surrounding the award winning Nigerian singers are however working overtime to squash rumours of any split that might affect the money spinning musical industry they have created since they released their first album Last Nite in 2003. The initial tweet from their elder brother Jude Okoye that read, ”After over 10yrs of hard work, its over. Am done” has now been pulled down. The Square brothers released their first album just over ten years ago so Jude’s tweet has the relevant time frame he has worked with his brothers.
Pure and simple speculation according to their publicist Bayo Adetu who in reacting to the story did just what he intended to avoid doing; set tongues wagging and giving some blogs unnecessary traffic. (Some cynics will call that unpaid publicity for the Square brothers)
“I am too busy to give some wanna-be blogger traffic. I don’t know where that report is coming from. Maybe they just want to get traffic to their site. It’s baseless and untrue”, he is quoted as saying in a chat with Premium Times.
Adetu was hired to do just that, put a brave face and spin even when things are not going rightly
However, things might be more serious that fans of the duo think. A story on the website of Tiwa Savage about the singing twins now claims Peter Okoye has moved out of their Squareville mansion in Omole in Lagos with his wife and children and the group might have separated.
Apparently, Jude Okoye, elder brother and film producer of his younger siblings does not like Peter’s wife Lola Omotayo and did not even attend their wedding last year.
Peter and Paul have been at loggerheads over their songs, the videos and even the creative process though they are twins and have managed to work together since they started off as Michael Jackson lookalike dancing teenagers in St Marumba College in Jos. Back then, they mimed the songs of Michael Jackson under a dancing group they named Smooth Criminals, after one of the best known songs of the late king of pop.
The twins have since gone on to sing their own songs and are credited with revolutionalizing the Nigerian music market with millions of fans around the world.
Their four best known Songs, “Personally”, “Chop My money”, “Do Me” and “Beautiful Onyinye” appear on the list of the ten most viewed Nigerian songs on Youtube with close to seventy million views. If Youtube views of videos are anything to go by, P Square is now the most successful musical act out of Africa’s most populous nation. Only Dbanj’s Oliver Twist has beaten P Square as the single with more views with a record 25 million views.
If the Square brothers end up splitting, it will hit their millions of fans across the world badly.