It is not news any more that the flamboyant duo of P-Square are not together anymore after disputes that put the three brothers on a collision course.
And it has b not been easy for their fan base to get used to their new status as solo artistes with Peter rebranding as MR P.
Many of their fans long for the day the duo will get back again but from the look of things it will have to be on Peter Okoye’s terms.
Speaking on his music, life as a solo artiste and the possibility of a reunion with his brother, he said there were certain things that still have to be cleared between themselves for P-Square to return.
“Even if that will happen, let it happen with respect, It is not just about the music, there was family before the music and I stand for the Okoyes. I shouldn’t be P-Square and be unhappy, if it must happen, it must be with respect,” he says.
The pains that he went through during the separation is still very raw as he cites his brothers’ lack respect which he says was orchestrated by the elder brother and manager Jude.
Apparently , rumour in Lagos has it that his main problem was to spell out that they had to renegotiate the management deal which they had with their brother who managed them right from their early years as struggling artistes.
According to the deal as insiders put it e very thing that the duo earned was divided into three, something that Peter wasn’t comfortable with.
He wanted a lesser percentage for the manager as the case is elsewhere in the industry where managers take home some 10 per cent of the net earnings.
But even as sources claim the twins were squabbling over money, those closer to them insist that Peter’s choice of marrying Lola Omotayo did not go down well with his brothers.
The Okoyes are Igbo and as a matter of fact the Igbo who come from South East Nigeria rarely marry outside their community.
By marrying Lola who is a Yoruba, just after their mother’s death Peter had committed a sin that his brothers were not willing to entertain. In many of his posts Peter has always complained of how his brothers don’t respect his family and it is something he is willing to die for.
He has since sold his stakes in the P-square estate where they co-owned apartments in the leafy areas of Lagos.
Despite being considered as the less talented the singer, has since released a number of songs but he says , Ebeano is his debut offering as a solo artiste.
‘’You have heard Look In My Eyes, you have heard My Way and Cool It Down; all these are my mini music video series. Ebeano is my first official single as Mr P. I want to put out two to three singles before I continue with my series,” he says. According to him ‘Ebeano’ means where we are.
Reacting to comments that followed his separation with his brother, Mr. P said, ‘’When P Square broke up, people were like, are you sure you can do this all alone, can he make it? No, I am not making it, I have done it; I have been killing it, all sold out. Just this year alone, I have done like 60 something concerts, all sold out; I am blessed.
“Most people actually doubted me, but I know myself, I know what I bring to the table, I am just happy doing what I am doing, there are some things I wasn’t entitled to do as a member of the group, but now I am my own boss,” he adds.
On the allegation of song theft against him by Henry Knight, following the release of Ebeano, Mr. P said, “When this kind of thing happen, some people just jump into conclusion. I think people need to be educated on this issue. There is a different thing, if it is the beat, or if it is a statement in the song, there is only so much you can use of it.”
He noted that going solo comes with its challenges but people must leave their comfort zones when striving for success, stressing that he made up his mind when wanted to start afresh.
“People must leave their comfort zones when striving for success. I left a P-Square that had over a million YouTube subscribers to start my own. I am not afraid to start afresh; I have moved on, I love it.”
He has plans of release more songs during the course of the year, as he wants his fans to have a feel of his own music.
Additional reporting by Hazeez Balogun from Lagos