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P-Square Alleged New Fight: Peter and Paul Okoye, we are tired of your overworn brouhahas

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By now, many of you have most likely heard of the alleged internal dispute ongoing with the Nigerian Afropop band P-Square. While it appeared the story was a rumor, the actions of Peter and Paul Okoye are reminiscences of the past leaving many to conclude they are indeed at odds with each other, again. Both bandmates have taken to social media, per their usual modus operandi, to send what has been perceived as subliminal messages to one another.

A not so subliminal action, however, was the act of Paul Okoye who in the midst of the alleged brouhaha, denied that the band will be performing at its already scheduled upcoming U.S. and Canada Tour. His response caused Nigerian and African diaspora media houses to report that the tour was canceled. Since the viral reporting, no one from the P-Square band has negated such reports. In fact, Peter Okoye, the other half, has moved on with activating his personal brand’s You Tube page, Mr. P, and made announcements to that effect.

I’ll share the alleged subliminal and explicit actions below but suffice it to say on AML, we have discussed the disputes between these twin brothers extensively. At this stage, the truth is this band is yet to truly deal with their personal and business problems and until they do, it will continue and spill into the public domain.

As I have said in prior articles, band mates outgrow each other. It is nothing new. What is critical is that they get their legal and business houses in order, dissolve, and move on with their lives. With young and extremely talented acts entering the industry daily, technological innovation, and changing music consumer tastes across Africa and the globe, no one has the time or patience for an overworn, over beaten brouhaha among grown adults that should know better.

Also, if this band doesn’t watch it and control their public narrative, they will reduce the essence of the brand to something invaluable in the eye of the public.

-Ms. Uduak

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