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Video: Peter Okoye Announces P-Square is Back After Missing Out on the Historic ‘One Africa Music Fest’ at New York’s Barclays Center

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Over the weekend, Africa made history when roughly 15,000 African diasporans congregated at New York’s Barclays Center for the One Africa Music Fest. The event was produced and funded by Upfront Personal’s Paul Okoye and hosted by Banky W. The featured acts were some of Africa’s hottest talents: Wizkid, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy and more. The event was also live streamed on Jay-z’s Tidal.

While it turned out to be a very successful event, what was sorely lacking on stage was P-Square as one of the biggest acts out of the continent. If you have seen P-square perform, you know that no band, out of Africa at least for now, brings the kind of stage presence that they do. Their performance game is tight and very professional. So where were they? Why did they miss out on such major historic event, especially considering their strong brand power?

The answer is that for some months now, they have been embroiled in a very bitter internal battle of which Peter Okoye has taken lead in diluting and diminishing the name of the band and band members on social media. A few weeks ago, Peter Okoye accused his band mate Paul Okoye (his twin brother) and former manager Jude Okoye of fraud. He also threatened legal action against them and event organizers for a show in the Congo.

Fast-forward to the ‘One Africa Music Fest’ this past Friday and they were not there. Event organizers don’t want to deal with the nonsense, and of course the success of the show demonstrated that P-Square can choose to be left out of history books, or they can put the pettiness aside and get back to making great music.

It seems Peter’s emotions have calmed down a bit. He knows what is at stake and is even taking full responsibility for the denigration of the band image in the public eye. (They have also hired Jude Okoye back as a manager).

Let’s see what happens next.

Peter Okoye’s Statement

“My dear fans, P-Square is back. Ours is a journey that started from our mother’s womb. It was a journey that started from Primary School, continued to St. Murumba College, to when we were in University in Abuja. It was a journey in which we shared childhood memories and grown-up dreams. We are back because brothers do not let each other wander in the dark alone. We are back because we have tried the lonely road and it was not the same.

I want to take responsibility for what has happened and sincerely apologise to you our fans. For supporting us throughout this journey we owed you so much more than what you have had to endure and I apologise for that. We are embarking now on a new journey with exciting new management (Jude Okoye), new music and new ideas.

We cannot thank you enough for all your prayers and support throughout this difficult period. Maya Angelou once said that brotherhood is a condition that people have to work at. We will continue to work on that and you can be prepared to be blown away by this new phase of P-Square.

God bless you all and be assured that you have not seen anything yet!
Peter Okoye
P-Square”

My dear fans, P-Square is back. Ours is a journey that started from our mother’s womb. It was a journey that started from Primary School, continued to St. Murumba College, to when we were in University in Abuja. It was a journey in which we shared childhood memories and grown-up dreams. We are back because brothers do not let each other wander in the dark alone. We are back because we have tried the lonely road and it was not the same. I want to take responsibility for what has happened and sincerely apologise to you our fans. For supporting us throughout this journey we owed you so much more than what you have had to endure and I apologise for that. We are embarking now on a new journey with exciting new management (Jude Okoye), new music and new ideas. We cannot thank you enough for all your prayers and support throughout this difficult period. Maya Angelou once said that brotherhood is a condition that people have to work at. We will continue to work on that and you can be prepared to be blown away by this new phase of P-Square. God bless you all and be assured that you have not seen anything yet! Peter Okoye P-Square

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2 Comments

  1. Osebiso says:

    He certainly did it for his own good. It’s more than obvious that his worth comes from the PSquare brand and not from the brothers acting alone. It’s good to know the feud is over

    1. Agreed.

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