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Paul Okoye Biography: Education, Career, Marriage, Awards, and Net Worth

Rudeboy is the stage name of Paul Okoye, a Nigerian singer, entrepreneur, and internet personality. In the 2000s, he rose to prominence as a member of the P-Square duo with his identical twin brother Peter Okoye, better known as Mr P.

Early Life and Education

Paul Okoye was raised alongside his twin brother Peter Okoye. He was born on November 18, 1981, and grew up in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, in a large family. He was born into the Okoye family, the son of Josephine Okoye and Mazi Moses Okoye. He is originally from the Anambra State town of Ifite in the Dunu district.

Paul attended St. Murumba Secondary School in Jos and later studied Business Administration at the University of Abuja with his brother. Paul, also known as Rudeboy, joined a music and drama club at his high school and began dancing and performing covers of songs by MC Hammer, Bobby Brown, and Michael Jackson with his brother Peter.

Career

Paul ‘Rudeboy’ Okoye started his career with the music group together alongside his twin brother, Peter Okoye. It was an Acapella group, getting inspiration from Michael Jackson’s dancing steps. Their debut album was the Last Nite, which was sponsored by a tobacco manufacturing company and they later got a KORA Awards nomination.

They also released another album titled, Get Squared in 2005 with the Squared Records label. The album has the track Busy Body. This track was a popular hit in and out of the country and got them so much fame. Nevertheless, the P-Square group got separated in 2017, both artists sought separate musical careers.

Paul Okoye dropped his first solo tracks titled, Nkenji Kek and Fire Fire in the same year. His song, Reason With Me got the highest views on Youtube in Africa in the year 2019. He is the owner of Fire Department Inc, a record label he started in 2019 after he split with his brother.

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Personal Life

Paul ‘Rudeboy’ Okoye got married to his wife, Anita Okoye on 22 March 2014 whom he met in 2004 at the University of Abuja. The marriage is blessed with three children, Andre, and a set of twins, Nadia Okoye and Nathan Okoye.

In August 2021, his wife filed for divorce due to irreconcilable differences with him.

Songs

  • Reason With Me
  • Chizoba
  • Audio Money
  • Reality
  • Double Double
  • Woman
  • Nkenji Keke
  • Fire Fire
  • Together
  • Somebody Baby
  • IFAi
  • Is Allowed
  • Tonight

Awards and Nominations

Paul Okoye aka Rude Boy has received so many awards and nominations during his time with Squared Records including The Headies, City Magazine 9th Awards Show, Nigeria Music Awards, Channel O Music Video Awards, KORA Awards, BET Awards, Ghana Music Awards MTV Europe Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards.

However, as a solo artist, he is yet to receive any awards for his name.

Net Worth

Paul ‘Rudeboy’ Okoye is one of the richest musicians in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $15.4 million.

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