Mr. P is a Nigerian singer, entrepreneur, and internet personality who rose to prominence in the 2000s as a member of the P-Square duo with his identical twin brother Rudeboy and was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from ESCAE University in the Benin Republic in 2021.
Early Life and Education
Mr. P grew up with his twin brother Rudeboy (Paul Okoye), and he grew up in a large family in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. He was the son of Josephine Okoye and Mazi Moses Okoye. He is originally from the Anambra State town of Ifite in the Dunu district.
Peter Okoye attended St. Murrumba Secondary School before enrolling in the University of Abuja’s Business Administration program. Peter and his brother Paul joined a music and drama club at their high school and began dancing, singing, and performing songs by popular artists such as MC Hammer, Bobby Brown, and Michael Jackson.
Mr. P began his career with his brother in the music group P-square. Their first album, ‘Last Nite,’ was a huge success, and it was quickly followed by another, ‘Get Squared.’ Get Squared launched them into the spotlight, with many hit singles on the album. One of the album’s songs, Busy Body, received widespread airplay and became a popular party starter. Nonetheless, the band was known for their energetic dance moves in music videos.
They released another platinum-selling album, “Game Over,” which featured several A-list artists from around the world, including Akon in “Chop My Money,” Rick Ross in “Onyinye,” and T.I in “Ejeajo.” P-square established themselves as an industry force by releasing albums for music fans to enjoy, ranging from ‘Danger’ in 2009 to ‘Invasion’ in 2011 and ‘Double Trouble’ in 2014.
His solo career began in 2017 following the disbandment of the P-Square group and the departure of both band members. Mr. P released his first solo single, “For My Head,” “Cool It Down,” in 2017.
Mr. P collaborated with Nyanda of Brick & Lace on the song “Wokie Wokie” in 2018. Mr. P founded his own record label, P-Classic Label, in 2021. The label signed Nigerian activist and disc jockey DJ Switch, and in 2021, he released The Prodigal, a 16-track debut album featuring Tiwa Savage, Simi, Teni, Wande Coal, Tamar Braxton, Singah, Mohombi, DJ Switch, and OvieKelz.
Mazi Moses Okoye and Mrs. Josephine Okoye are his parents’ names. In 2013, he married his then-girlfriend, Lola Omotayo, and their marriage has been blessed with two lovely children, Aliona Okoye and Cameron Okoye. Jude Okoye, his uncle, is a music producer who managed both brothers before their divorce.
Impact and Influence
His impact and influence are less pronounced because he does less publicity about his charitable acts; he was once seen at a football tournament for the disabled, where he went to cheer them on the field of play.
Awards and Recognition
The majority of his awards came from singing in a group with his brother. As a solo artist, he has only one award: an IARA award for recognition as an African artist.
Mr. P is known to be one of the richest artists in Nigeria and he is known for his lifestyle of affluence even after the defunct P Square group is estimated to be worth about $11 million.