One news item that has failed to stop making headlines in showbiz reporting is the breakup of unarguably Nigeria’s longest surviving music duo group, P-Square.
Before now, there had been rumour of imminent split of P-Square, but the doomsday was always pushed forward.
At several times the news hit headlines, it was denied and issues quickly and secretly sorted out among the brothers, including Jude Okoye, elder brother to Peter and Paul Okoye, who form the major part of the music group.
Aproko247 gathers that the major cause of the breakup was actually about money and ego.
In an interview with The NET, former manager of P-Square, Howie T, disclosed why Peter Okoye is not happy with his elder brother.
In the interview, Peter claimed Jude loves to share whatever money they make from shows equally, rather than take 10-15 per cent managers normally take.
“When I saw Peter’s tweets, I called him and even went to see him to talk to him about it. He said Jude is the problem that he doesn’t have any issue with Paul.
“He told me that in a normal setting, a manager is supposed to be their employee and not the other way round, but Jude always uses his influence as their elder brother to boss over them.
“He also said managers collect between 15 – 25 % of an artiste’s income but in their case they share everything equally and he’s not happy with that sharing formula.
“In my opinion I think Peter is just trying to prove a valid point. He told me that he turned down a show Jude got them in Finland and when they called them for the Dubai show, he told the organisers what it takes to get Peter and Paul, what it takes to get Peter or Paul alone,” Howie T said.
“Secondly, things like this messes up an artiste’s creativity, Peter is a composer, dancer and singer, when they sit down to vote on songs that’ll make their album, Paul and Jude vote for more of Paul’s songs than Peter’s and these are the things that pisses him off. It has gone beyond just beef now, there’s a lot of ego at play.
“In my opinion, for peace to reign, why can’t Jude just leave them alone, Peter has told me that if they change Jude today, there’ll be P-Square tomorrow and sadly the only person that can talk to them is their mother and she’s dead,” he also said.
Howie T managed P-Square from 2001 to 2005 after they won a Benson & Hedges talent hunt in 2001.