P-Square are a Nigerian R&B duo composed of identical twin
brothers Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye. They produce and release their
albums through Square Records. In December 2011, they signed a record
deal with Akon’s Konvict Muzik label. In May 2012, they signed a record
distribution deal with Universal Music South Africa.
The story of P-Square began in St. Murumba secondary school, a small
Catholic school in Jos, Nigeria. Twins Peter and Paul joined their
school music and drama club where they began singing, dancing, and
mimicking songs by MC Hammer, Bobby Brown and Michael Jackson.
They later formed an acappella quartet called “MMMPP” (M Clef a.k.a.
Itemoh, Michael, Melvin, Peter and Paul). Drawing inspiration from their
music idol Michael Jackson, they began break dancing, formed the group
called “Smooth Criminals” in 1997.They dropped M Clef from the group
“MMMPP” which later was changed to “MMPP”. 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.
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.
Later in 1999, they applied to the University of Abuja to study
Business Administration. The Smooth Criminals disbanded when its members
left to various other universities. Subsequently Peter and Paul formed
their own group, variously called “Double P”, “P&P”, and “Da Pees”,
until they eventually settled on “P Square”. They are managed by Bayo
Odusami aka Howie T, a seasoned concert promoter and the CEO of Adrot
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. P-Square was 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”.
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.
They have an ever growing fan base across South Africa with a particular stronghold of diehard fans in Cape Town.
The group has performed alongside the following international artists
like Ginuwine and Sean Paul, Akon. The members of P Square are now
located in Lagos.
Late in 2007, they released their best selling album so far, Game Over. It has sold 8 million copies worldwide.
In 2009, P-Square released their fourth studio album, Danger. 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. The video affirms
this with the presence of clowns and staggered movements in front of the
camera reminiscent of comical videos by Eminem. They are also known for
the close resemblance which the twins have to American R&B
Superstar, Usher Raymond.
On 4 April 2010, P-Square was named the Artist of the Year at the
Kora Awards in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso while they were in London for a
Concert at the Troxy, and they will receive a sum of $1 Million Dollars
as the award winners, in Ebebiyin City.
On August 29, 2014, P-Square released a single track featuring a top
America Artist T.I. which P-Square titled EjeAjo, EjeAjo official video
featuring T.I. was also released 29 August 2014 on both TV stations,
Radio Stations and Web blogs.
On September 14, 2014 P-Square released their 6th studio album titled Double Trouble .
The duo are reported to handle most of their production/beat making in
house. The band has been faced with many controversies for their habit
of sampling western songs and popular hits in their records. They have
addressed the issue many times in interviews as well as in the lyrics of
their songs. Technically speaking, P Square does more in the line of
reconstructing the drum patterns, chord progressions or lyrics of the
sampled songs as against actually cutting parts of the song and directly
sampling into their production. This accounts for the largely
electronic feel of their sound.
Some of the songs which have been called up on this account include “Get Squared”, “Game Over”, “Danger” and others.
P-Square attracted headlines because they reportedly turned irate
when they were notified by organisers in the middle of their performance
at the Guinness Show about some change in plans which would affect the
length of their performance, and that of the next act, 2 Face Idibia. As
reported by a news site vanguardngr.com, the info apparently stirred up
resentment as Peter immediately said “I don’t know why, anytime a
foreign artiste comes to Nigeria, they (show organizers) wanna treat us
like slaves in our country”.
Although initially they continued their performance but midway
through, they threw their microphones to the ground and angrily stormed
out of the stage saying, “We are leaving; they don’t want 2face to come
on stage” They were said to have immediately left the premises of the
show, but after intervention of the show organisers, they came on stage
later with 2face for a performance, but later on were apologised to.
Paul Okoye, one half of the musical duo, P-Square, was involved in a
paternity scandal with a lady named Elshamah Igbanoi. The lady claimed
Paul impregnated her; Paul denied the pregnancy and went for a paternity
The duo had a difference in opinion regarding what Peter perceived as
a lopsidedness in individual input of songs which was getting featured
on their joint albums with Paul getting a lion share of his songs
selected. This led to Peter refusing to do anything P square for weeks.
Peter relocated taking his wife and kids from the mansion they both
lived years and accommodated their extended family in. A lawyer was also
involved to help split their fortune as they were both involved in
joint ventures over the years.
Psquare Vs Soundcity
Social Media went crazy after Peter Okoye, one half of the super singing
duo P-Square, responded on twitter to a complaint from a fan regarding
the absence of their content on Tv Music Channel Soundcity Tv.
Soundcity didn’t waste much time with a response, they posted a
detailed account of why they have not played any P-Square content since
1st January 2015 in a write up posted on their website.
For 10 Years, @SoundcityTV has been a huge supporter of #PSquare
and the #PSquare brand, right from their 1st music video to the last
video released in 2014. Most of their videos got massive airplay on
@SoundcityTV than any other music channel.
@SoundcityTV viewers sometimes complain about the dominance of
#PSquare videos on the channel & charts. We were a huge supporter
and gave everything to their works.
We have assisted the #PSquare brand, toured with them over Africa at
our expense. Gave them ad-spots for their events / projects. Gave them
prime time slots for their videos and included them in our array of
Programmes / programming.
We invited #PSquare to one of our annual events last December 2014
and they insisted we pay a certain amount of money. We reasonably asked,
what is the least we can offer?; this was us foregoing the fact that we
had invested a lot in #PSquare’s career as music talents / artistes
The feedback was, “WHAT HAS SOUNDCITY EVER DONE FOR PSQUARE? TELL ME
ONE THING SOUNDCITY HAS EVER DONE FOR PSQUARE” (Jude Okoye, Manager).
While we understand that this is business, there is also room for
special consideration. Saying our TV brand has never done anything for
#PSquare was quite damning. Clearly, there was no need to argue with
their decision and reasoning. We decided to stop ‘doing anything’
with/for #PSquare, since our 10years of supporting the group meant
nothing to them. We assumed our relationship was a mutually beneficial
one, but clearly one-sided.
Ultimately, #PSquare music videos stopped airing on @SoundcityTV
since January 01, 2015. Soundcity reserves the right to air music videos
on our cable / satellite or terrestrial platforms.
Overall, we wish the duo the best in their endeavours. @SoundcityTV
will keep airing works of the best and upcoming Nigerian artistes, and
also, the best #African artistes to the world, especially nurturing
their talents from inception till they become huge megastars and
After dating for seven years, Peter Okoye got engaged to his longtime
girlfriend, Titilola Loretta Omotayo. Omotayo is a marketing
representative. The couple are already parents to son Cameron and
daughter Aliona. On 17 November 2013, the two held their traditional
wedding at The Ark in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. Public figures who attended
the wedding include Aliko Dangote, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kate Henshaw,
Genevieve Nnaji, Rukky Sanda, Folorunsho Alakija, May D, Toke Makinwa,
Dr SID, Don Jazzy, and Karen Igho among others.
Paul Okoye met Anita Isama in 2004 while attending the University of
Abuja. Their son Andre was born 11 April 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia,
United States. The couple married on Saturday, 22 March 2014 at the
Aztech Arcum Events Centre in Port Harcourt.
In January 2014, the Okoye brothers bought mansions next door to one another in Atlanta.