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P-Square’s Peter Okoye Fights Back, So What If I Don’t Speak Good English! “‘Speaking Good English Doesn’t Put Food on my Table”

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The issue in this story is about the continuous attacks on Peter Okoye for not speaking “good English.” It’s funny, Oyinbo (White) people who own the English language do not attack Okoye for not speaking their language right. But, the Africans who were forced against their will to learn and speak another man’s language are the ones beating Okoye over the head with his inability to speak a White man’s language. As you will see below, and in my view, it was  unnecessary for Okoye to respond to these tweets. To engage persons who make such attacks is  to give life and  power into meaningless conversations. It also seems to suggest he is self conscious about what they say. Arguably, for some of you, his responses fall into the AML category of ‘Celebrities Behaving Badly,’ but I am not sure it fits that neatly. So, I am classifying it under ‘Music Business,’ instead.

I agree with Okoye’s position in rejecting those who attempt to belittle his inability to speak “good” English. Since when did English become our mothers or fathers’ first language? Sey na English we go chop? Okay, I’ll make a case for him speaking “good” English, for the sake of debate. Arguably, he should learn to speak “good” English because of the nature of his work, his celebrity status and his travels across countries as part of his job. Is it a life and death matter if he does not speak good English, absolutely not. Should he have to defend himself on or offline, no. He will learn when he is ready.

As Nigerians and Africans in general, we get too caught up in unnecessary ridiculous issues. When was the last time “good” English supplied basic electricity for 150million citizens, or built better roads, healthcare and other real nitty gritty issues of life? Below are Okoye’s tweets in response to those pestering his life about speaking the language of a White man, fluently, in his own country.

-Uduak
@uduaklaw

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AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Ms. Uduak is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her law firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. She has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts and handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa, and Asia.

Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, The American University School of Law and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA including ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.
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  1. Pls u guys should free him cos dat dnt matter as far as he can express him self

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