Peter and Paul Okoye should stop washing their dirty linen in public.
The story of Cain and Abel is one of the popular stories in the Bible.
It’s a story that has stayed with many of us. Cain killed his brother Abel because he envied the way God blessed him. The story of Cain and Abel is the first story of sibling rivalry in the Bible.
Thousands of years later, we are reading about a new sibling rivalry, the one between Peter and Paul Okoye. The twin brothers known as the super pop group Psquare have been in a squabble for some time now.
The latest episode in this pop telenovela shows Peter and Paul fighting themselves.
The video clip which surfaced earlier today, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, shows the two brothers scuffling. Their big bro and manager Jude ‘ Engees’ Okoye is also in the now viral clip.
This is the first time we have evidence of the two brothers fighting. Since 2014, we have heard rumours and read stories of the trouble between Peter and Paul.
When the family drama reared its ugly head again in 2016, the pessimists dismissed it as a publicity stunt. This video now shows us how real the beef is between the twin bothers. Any initial illusion that this has been recurring stunt has been thrown out of the window. This is as real as it gets.
It’s an ugly sight when flesh and blood fights. Since the release of “Last Nite” in 2003, Psquare has fed Nigerians with beautiful songs, alluring hooks, ravishing videos and exquisite albums. It wouldn’t be wrong to call Psquare legendary.
One of the main selling points of Psquare is that it is made up of identical twins who are good at what they do. Nigerians have a soft spot for twins.
In the beginning, Peter and Paul both performed electric dance moves on the stage and in their music videos. Later on, they would concentrate on their individual strengths.
Peter, the showman focused more on dancing and Paul the musician focused more on the music.
Another strategy that has made Psquare evergreen is the group’s no-nonsense and strictly business approach to making music. Peter and Paul have crafted songs and albums that cater to the tastes of Nigerians. The group doesn’t force feed the audience. It creates music according to the consumer’s tastes.
The brothers have never pretended to be music saviours nor paraded themselves as highly artistic. Psquare gives people what they want- feel good and easy to consume music.
The strategy has worked for over a decade. Many artists and groups have come and gone but Psquare has remained.
A decade after its debut album, the family feud would begin. In 2014, cracks began to appear in the Okoye empire with stories of the twins fighting themselves. There were rumours that Peter and Paul were going to split. It never happened as they reconciled shortly after.
They released an album after that infamous squabble titled “Double Trouble”. The album produced hits such as ‘Shekini’ and ‘E ja jo’ featuring T.I. It was a success but some felt that the sibling rivalry rubbed Psquare of some of its shine.
Two years later, the in-house fighting would spill all over social media. It was worse this time around and it wasn’t short-lived. The brothers (Jude Okoye included) dragged themselves on Instagram. It felt like a bad TV series at some point. The white flag was raised by all parties later on but we guess the scars never truly healed based on what we are watching now.
We are now back to the in-fighting with Instagram captions, a letter to a lawyer, and an embarrassing video. It is sort of sad to see Peter and Paul reach this level after years of hard work and sacrifice.
Nobody wins when the family feuds raps JAY-Z in his confessional LP “4:44”. This is more than just a dope bar in Sean Carter’s coming of age masterpiece. It’s a cautionary line that serves to remind brothers and brothers-in-arms that conflict hinders progress.
There is nothing wrong with Peter and Paul going their separate ways. It’s how they are going about it that is the problem. The public fighting is threatening Psquare’s legacy.
The pop group has worked so hard to be relevant for years. It would be a shame to see its legacy messed up by Peter and Paul not dealing with their issues behind closed doors.
Is this how they want to end this? They should ride into the sunset but instead, they are tearing up what they have achieved. Nobody wins when the family feuds. Peter and Paul would be on the losing end if this drama continues.