Peter and Paul Okoye are popularly known as P-square are a Nigerian R&B duo of identical twin brothers who are famous for their music and dancing. They worked alongside their elder brother Jude Okoye and together they owned Square Records under which they released their albums and songs.
At the peak of the career of the group, P-square was one of the top music acts on the African continent. Unfortunately, irreconcilable differences led to the split of the group with both brothers going their separate ways and pursuing solo music careers.
The twin brothers were born on the 8th of November, 1981 in Anambra state, Eastern Nigeria. They grew up in Anambra for a while before relocating to Jos, the capital of Plateau state with their parents. While in Jos, they had their basic education at St. Murumba secondary school where they were members of the music and drama club. The twin brothers began singing, dancing and mimicking songs by famous music acts like Michael Jackson and Bobby Brown. They later proceeded to the University of Abuja where they enrolled to study Business Administration.
Peter and Paul started their music career at a young age, singing and dancing at school functions and other occasions. Soon they became household names in the city of Jos where they resided. In 1999, the duo attended a music school to further aid their music development.
They improved their skills by playing different instruments such as the keyboard, drums, bass and rhythm guitar. Later in 1999, Peter and Paul Okoye enrolled at the University of Abuja to study Business Administration.
At that time, they were a member of a group called Smooth Criminals. The group had five members but the group split when its members went to study at various universities across the country. This led Peter and Paul to start their group which they initially called Double P. They then changed the name a couple of times to P&P, Da Pees before eventually settling on P-square.
The music career of P-square took off in the year 2001 after they won the Grab Da Mic competition and as a result, their debut album titled the Last Nite was sponsored by Benson & Hedges. The album was released under the Tibuk2 music label. Three months after the release of their debut album, P-square was nominated as the Most Promising African Group in the Kora Awards. They won their first major award in 2003, carting home the 2003 Amen Award for the Best R&B Group.
Following their break into the Nigerian music industry, P-square decided to relocate from Jos to Lagos in 2005. Their second album titled Get Squared was released under their Record Label, Square Records. Their 3rd and most successful album titled Game Over was released in 2007. It sold over 8 million copies globally.
Their 4th studio album titled Danger soon followed 2 years later in 2009. Invasion followed in the year 2011. It wasn’t until 2014 before a new P-square album dropped. The album was preceded by a collaboration with top American rapper T.I on a hot single titled Eje a jo while the Double Trouble album followed later in September of the same year.
Controversies and in-fighting between the twins and their elder brother eventually led to the disbandment of P-square with both brothers pursuing solo careers since then.
Personal Life (Wives and Children)
Both Peter and Paul are happily married and with kids. Peter married Titilola Loretta Omotayo on November 17, 2013, in a traditional wedding ceremony. A white wedding later held on the 27th of January, 2015.
Lola is half Nigerian and half Russian as she was born to a Nigerian father and Russian mother. Lola is a graduate of theatre arts from the University of San Francisco. The duo met in Enugu after Lola returned to Nigeria following the completion of her studies.
It is no news that Lola is older than her husband but they are happily in love. The union is blessed with 2 kids, a son named Cameron and a daughter Aliona.
Cameron was born in 2008 before Lola and Peter got married. Paul married Anita Isama in March 2014 in a traditional wedding ceremony while their court wedding held the following year.
The couple met while attending the University of Abuja. Anita is a lawyer and the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Andre ion April 11, 2013, which was about a year before they got married. On July 9, 2017, Paul and Anita welcomed a set of twins, a boy named Nathan and a girl named Nadia.
For a group as successful as P-square was, it is expected that income in several millions of Naira will be earned. This was exactly the case for the group before the split.
They headlined shows and concerts all over the African continent and beyond making millions of their fans happy. This brought in a sizeable fortune for the brothers to the tune of $70 million according to Forbes in 2017.
This earned them the top spot on the richest list of musicians in Nigeria and the third spot in Africa. It is believed in some quarters that the twin brothers’ net worth is far greater than the sum quoted by Forbes.
Paul now goes by the stage name Rudeboy while Peter is known as Mr. P. Both are now pursuing solo music careers under these new names. They are both doing fairly okay individually as they have both released fairly successful singles.
However, their successes so far do not even come close to what they achieved together as a group. At the peak of their career as P-square, Peter and Paul Okoye held Africa spellbound with their music and energetic dance steps.
The identical twin duo of Peter and Paul Okoye reigned supreme in Africa as P-square at a time, headlining shows all over the continent and selling out concerts. Their music success brought them not only fame but money as well. Before they spilled off the group, Forbes magazine estimated their net worth to be around $70 million although some believe that the group is worth twice as that.