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Here's What We Know About P-Square's Absurdly Messy Breakup

Naija afrobeats duo, P-Square, are currently entangled in a messy breakup.

What exactly is going on with P-Square—or should we say, the Nigerian twin duo formerly known as P-Square?

News of the seasoned afrobeat group's breakup spread yesterday, and the story has only gotten messier since.

The two brothers, Peter and Paul Okoye, broke up before in 2016, supposedly over a disagreement about the role of their manger—their elder brother, Jude, reports the Native. They were able to patch things up however, even releasing two new songs together earlier this year.

Sadly, the reconciliation was short lived, as Peter reportedly sent a termination letter yesterday requesting to part ways with his brother once again. According to Premium Times Nigeria, Peter claimed that his brother was being generally uncooperative about matters relating to the group, and had even gone as far as to slander his wife and children on social media. He called for a cancelation of  their upcoming U.S. tour.

In the letter, Peter raises very serious allegations as he describes feeling as though his brothers posed a threat to him and  his family's well-being. "Me and my wife have been getting life-threatening messages and I fear for my life and the life of my family," he stated. Remember Jude has threatened to kill me and shoot my wife in the presence of Paul and Mrs. Imoke," he said.

Today, a video has surfaced via Linda Ikeji's Blog, appearing to show the brothers engaged in a physical confrontation during a mediation session at their lawyer, Festus Keyamo's, office. No actual blows are captured on film, however. The brothers can be heard aggressively arguing back and forth, and threatening to beat one another.

Is it wrong that we secretly hope this is just an overblown publicity stunt? We'd hate for P-Square's relationship to have gone this sour. Besides it being a disappointment to their many fans, at the end of the day, they're family.

Watch the unsavory video below.

 

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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