Written by mikeonas on May 18, 2018
P-Square are a Nigerian R&B duo composed of identical twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye born 18 November 1981 (Age 33) in Jos, Nigeria. Native of Ifite Dunu, Anambra State of Nigeria. They are Recording artist, singer, songwriter, performer, Instruments vocals. They produce and release their albums through Square Records and they have been active since 2003 till date.
The story of P-Square began in St. Mulumba secondary school, a small Catholic school in Jos, Nigeria. Identical 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 a cappella quartet called “MMMPP” (M Clef a.k.a. Itemoh, Michael, Melvin, Peter, and Paul). Drawing inspiration from their music idol Michael Jackson, they began to 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 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 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 became loose when its members left to study in various other universities. Subsequently, Peter and Paul formed their own group, variously called “Double P”, “P&P”, “Da Pees” etc, 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 Nigeria Limited.
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, P Square 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 ever growing fans based across South Africa with a particular stronghold of diehard fans in Cape Town. Late in 2007, they released their best selling album so far, “Game Over.” It 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. It was on the 18th January 2009 that Akon’s label, Konvict signed Wizkid, Psquare, Tuface. Psquare has performed alongside the following international artists like Ginuwine, Sean Paul, Akon and Busola Keshiro. Meanwhile, P-Square is now located in Lagos as their residence in Nigeria.
In August 2012, P Square released a single titled “Alingo”, it became a smashing hit that took the whole of Africa by storm. The video shot and co-directed by their elder brother Jude “Engees” Okoye and Clarence Peters of Capital hill Production was rated as the best video that year. Their latest smash hit again “Personally” released in mid-June 2013. The video is a tribute to late Michael Jackson who inspired their musical career to date. The video and song was such a hit that it got the attention of Jermaine Jackson, late Michael Jackson’s brother who commanded the stars for doing such a tremendous job and hoped to meet with them.
The duo is 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 upon this account include “Get Squared”, “Game Over”, “Danger” and others.
On 4th April 2010, P-Square was named the Artist of the Year at the KORA All Africa Music Awards in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso while they were in London for a Concert at the Troxy, and they will receive a whopping sum of $1 Million Dollars as the Award Winners, in Ebebiyin City.
These perfect twins as people say have undoubtedly gained the hearts of their numerous fans all over the world. Some desperate ladies as Peter called them in one of his interviews about their embarrassing moments, kissed and romanced them in public place.
No doubt, P Square is the most successful African artists, and this is evident with the massive success of their numerous concerts in the continent. Over the years, the three-time MTV award-winning group has made an enviable impact in Africa, doing sold out concerts. And till date, the demand is still waxing stronger.
Below are some of the awards they have won over time:
– Hip Hop World Awards 2006 – Best R&B Album (Get Squared)
– Hip Hop World Awards 2006 – Best Music Video (Get Squared)
– Hip Hop World Awards 2006 – Album Of The Year (Get Squared)
– Hip Hop World Awards 2006 – Song Of The Year (Bizzy Body)
– City Mag 9th Awards Show (2006) – Best Hip Hop Group
– Nigerian Music Awards (NMA) 2006 – Album of the year (Get Squared)
– Nigerian Music Awards (NMA) 2006 – Music Video of the year (Get Squared)
– 2007 Channel O Music Video Awards – Best Duo Or Group
– 2008 Channel O Music Video Awards – Best Duo Or Group
– 2008 Channel O Music Video Awards – Video Of The Year (“Do Me”)
– 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards- Best Group
– MTV Africa Music Awards 2008 – Best Group
– MTV Africa Music Awards 2009 – Best Group
– MTV Africa Music Awards 2010
– KORA Awards 2010 – Artiste of the Year
In 2013, Paul Okoye, one half of the musical duo, P-Square, was involved in a paternity scandal with a lady named Elshamah Igbanoi who claimed that Paul impregnated her; it was subsequently brought to our notice that he accepted the baby after agreeing to go for a DNA test to ascertain the paternity of the baby boy. These Nigerian celebrities are both married. Peter Okoye has been married to Lola Omotayo since November 2013 while the brother Paul Nonso Okoye is married to Anita Tonye Isama on March 2014.