One half of the hit duo, P-Square, Peter Okoye has opened up on his life, career, marriage and relationship with his brother, Paul
How does it feel being married?
It feels great. I won’t say I’m more responsible now because I have been responsible long before getting married. I have two kids. One way, marriage has changed me is, I now know what our parents went through in raising us. For me, I’m more focused because I need to work hard to look after my family
Has your life changed since you became a father and has it in anyway, affected you and your career?
Yes, Absolutely! My life has changed but it hasn’t affected my life. I still show my six packs. I still kiss people in the crowd. I still take semi-nude pictures, travel and so on. I’m still me and it’s all still part of the business.
On singing in Igbo
Sometimes, if we don’t sing in Igbo, our people will crucify us(laughs). If you listen to Psquare, you will hear Igbo, English, Pidgin English even French we try. For us, English is a universal language and I’m not singing in Igbo to try and please my people but I like to inculcate my culture through music.
On reports that there is a split in P-Square
Not at all. We just had a minor quarrel just like everyone who has siblings would. We fight and make up, we fought many times last year but we still go on stage and perform and nobody knows. I can’ t come out and say Paul and I have never fought. It’s like a couple who has been married for over 20 years would come out and say they have never fought. It’s impossible, we are humans. It’s a normal thing.
On rumours their brother, Jude has resigned as P-Square’s manager
It’s the same thing, family quarrels. We argued and made up. He didn’t resign. We are still working together and even when we quarrel, we don’t allow it collide with business. There is a line drawn there.
You guys portray an image of living luxurious lives with private jets and lavish cars. How has this affected your image in the public eye?
It doesn’t affect us. As a matter of fact, it made us even stronger. A lot of people think we are showing off but the truth is if we were not showing off, you would not know what we are worth. If you see me on Okada, you won’t pay me ten million to come and do a concert. They say everything we do- people post it, everything we have, we show off and that we are not Dangote. My dear, Dangote is not in showbiz. Whatever we do, we do because that’s the way it is supposed to be. What we do is show-business. It’s a show and it’s business so that is what we do.
Courtesy: Vanguard Allure