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The PSquare Break Up Story – My Deevanalysis

P-Square-phynoYesterday, the media went agog with the news that our beloved musical duo, Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye of PSquare were on the verge of breaking up.

There’s even small gossip that the handsome twin brothers racked each other on Wednesday, April 16 during dance rehearsals. That their dancers had to help break up the fight. Peter and Paul are reported to disagree over artistic decisions for songs, dance and videos.

What’s worse? They say the disagreements they’re haviing is allegedly caused by one of the wives-meaning the gossip is referring to either Peter’s wife, Lola OmotayoOkoye or Paul’s wife, Anita Isama-Okoye .

These gossips kicked up a media frenzy after Psquare’s elder brother and manager, Jude ‘Engees’ Okoye posted this cryptic tweet, yesterday:

jude-tweet“After over 10yrs of hard work, it’s over. Am done.”

The tweet kind of implied that he was done managing his bickering younger twin brothers.

The Public Relations Executive to Psquare, Bayo Adetu, was confronted with the stories making rounds in the media. According to PREMIUM TIMES, Adetu described the report as irresponsible blogging. He said:

“I am too busy to give some wannabe blogger traffic, I don’t know where that report is coming from. Maybe they just want to get traffic to their site. It’s baseless and untrue.”

Despite the insinuations, Jude’s Twitter bio remains-:

“President/C.E.O Square Records, Northside Music Inc and Northside Entertainment Ltd. PSquare’s Manager/Producer Director …….what else…mypsquare.com”.

jude-twtMY DEEVANALYSIS

I must tell you that I feel very awkward deeva-analysing this PSquare breakup story. The reason is my husband and I, plus our five kids are die-hard PSquare fans. Our youngest, a 2-year-old boy can’t get enough of them. We are all totally heart-broken just imagining the possibility of them breaking up.

Having said that, I also want to say that my gut tells me there’s some truth to the bickering and disagreement gossips. The reality of the matter is that wherever creativity is high, one person is usually not responsible for it. There are bound to be disagreements on the approach which delivers the final results.

Couples bicker on finances, on how the home should be run to the darnest things you could imagine. They’ll settle their wahala, most times with ‘make up sex’. Business partners disagree and agree again. Siblings quarrel, fight and make up. It’s all part of the drama that makes the world go round. Of course, it’s very easy to pin the blame on Lola and Anita. In fact, it’s the common Naija way of thinking:

“That time wey PSquare never marry, dem nor dey quarrel ooo. Now wey women don enter, all dis women sef wan come scatter all the work wey dis brodas dey do since.”

We forget so easily that Lola was with Peter for seven years with two kids and they were living together. Anita and Paul also have been together for a while. In my opinion, both couples had already settled down as man and wife. The ceremony we flashed on our blogs merely legalised both unions on paper and to fulfill all laws of tradition. Why didn’t the women ’cause trouble then’? I feel it’s just too cliche to say the wives or one of the wives is to blame for the disagreement.

When Nigerian hip-hop or contemporary music started becoming popular, I saw it as a joke. I grew up on Run DMC and all the cool hip-hop/rap artists like Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E, right from when they were Niggers With Attitude (NWA). I adored Tupac and Fresh Prince. I loved Snoop Doggy Dogg (now Snoop Lion), Notorious B.I.G and Naughty By Nature. I never missed an episode of Yo MTV Raps on MTV every Saturday morning. I even loved me some oyibo pop/rock here and there.

The love I had for foreign music was unbreakable until PSquare came along. I didn’t like their songs very much at first, but as time went on, they really improved with their music…especially their instrumentals. Today, they are an icon.

As Nigerians, we have many reasons to lose hope. People are being blasted to pieces by Boko Haram. School children are being attacked in their hostels and killed in their sleep. Hundreds of little girls are being kidnapped from schools. The National Conference is an epic failure and a monumental joke with members sleeping and playing scrabble, in a forum where we thought minds would be rubbed to find salvation for our country. Our leaders are a massive disgrace to us the younger ones looking up to them. They are evil, greedy and callous…never moved by the carnage, bloodbath and loss of innocent lives. Lives of citizens who were cut off mostly in their prime.

What do Nigerians have left? What would we say is our reason for waking up to deal with the harsh reality that we are Nigerians living in Nigeria? I’ll tell you…

The only thing we have gingering us for now are three industries: Sports, Music and the Entertainment industry.

I dare any Nigerian to tell me their spirits weren’t lifted when the Super Eagles brought home the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The whole drama which preceded the win…whether Stephen Keshi was the man for the job or not…the action film style our strikers used to score the goals. The fever of not knowing the fate of our team. I was proud. It made me have faith that we can start from the bottom of ANYTHING and end at the top, if we put our minds to it.

I also dare you to say Nigerian music is not making waves internationally. From Tuface, PSquare, D’Banj, Wizkid, Davido, Femi Kuti, Ice Prince, 9ice, Omawumi, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Iyanya, May D, Banky W, Kcee to Flava…I could go on. Every music artiste I mentioned and more, hold their own. These ones are mega performers who add their own unique effizy to their performances to keep you entertained.

If you’re talking about vocals, the two Chidinmas- Miss Kedike and that other fine one who sings for Glo (Abeg no vex, I no fit spell the mutilated version of your name).  Ahem, her real name (the one wey her papa give am) is Chidinma Okebalama. These two Chidinmas are the next JHud to watch. We also have Praiz, Darey, Timi Dakolo, Omawumi and Waje. Even my guy, Uti Nwachukwu..the jack of all trades and master of all. E dey sing-sing well, well.

If I enter comedy and movie sector now, the list will be endless. Mercy Johnson, Ini Edo, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Patience Ozorkwo, Mr Ibu, Nkem Owoh, Aki and Pawpaw, Kate Henshaw, Desmond Elliot, Ramsey Nouah, Basket Mouth, AY Makun, Bovi Ugboma. Like I said, the list is endless.

All these people in sports, music and entertainment; in my humble opinion, ARE THE ONLY ONES HOLDING NIGERIA TOGETHER right now. Not to mention the few intellectuals in the sciences and the literary icons who are making international waves and making our country proud. These are the heroes “upholding our honour and glory.”

Early each morning, after my devotion and round of listening to gospel music, the next music I listen to currently is “OH SET’ by Phyno and PSquare. I love, love that song. The fast-paced Igbo rap scatters my head, even though I don’t understand Igbo talkless of one word Phyno raps, the song still sweet me for ear and keeps me going as I blog and write.

That’s why I’m pleading with Peter, Paul and Jude. Don’t let PSquare die. Oga Jude, Bros the thing dey your hand like it has always been for ten years. Bloggers may not get the chance to appreciate all your efforts throughout the decade. Perhaps we are too busy reporting the olofofo gists which our readers are greedy for. But the truth is, your efforts have never gone unnoticed and PSquare’s music plays an integral part to the well being of our nation…our happiness and our pride. E no easy ehhh!! me I know.

An international music group of Psquare’s standard for don take hard drugs and yeye lifestyle finish demselves. But you guys have a good head on your shoulders; meaning una come from better home with correct home training. As I write this, my family are beside me reading this deevanalysis. Dem say make I beg una well well ooo. The children want to know what they’ll be dancing to at their parties if you guys break up.

So Peter and Paul, fine bobos no pimples but six-packs and correct biceps…ahem...biko, squash this rumour pata pata. We love you and are praying for you PERSONALLY to overcome every challenge. Nigerians love you.

OH SET!! On to the next blockbuster release.

To cool down all our temperatures, olofofo fevers and to forget the sorrows of our national disgrace, listen to OH SET  by Phyno featuring PSquare below. One love!

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Peace is a wife and mother who reports and analyses global trends from the perspective of a Deeva; in the hope of invoking a thought process that will lead to a positive change.

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