What Nigeria Can Learn From P-Square About Restructuring – By Reno Omokri - Olu Jameson Media

What Nigeria Can Learn From P-Square About Restructuring – By Reno Omokri

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Last week on this column, I had written about my experience in the beautiful island of The Seychelles and how Nigerian music, especially P-Square’s music, had conquered that island nation and enthralled her youths.

Little did I know when writing that piece titled, ‘How Nigeria Conquered The Seychelles’ that I would be devoting another column yet again to the Okoye brothers. But as they say, when it rains, it pours.

The twin brothers are again in the news, not for their collaboration with each other, but because of their confrontation with each other.

From what I gather, Peter wants the group to split up and go their separate ways, while Paul and their brother, Jude, have a slightly different agenda.

The disagreement culminated with a fight at the offices of the recently coronated Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Festus Keyamo. The fight which was ostensibly recorded by Peter, showed the trio (including Jude, their brother/manager), using gutter language that belied their status as international super stars.

The whole drama reminds me of a nursery rhyme I learnt as a child:

Two little blackbirds
Sitting on the wall,
One named Peter,
One named Paul.*
Fly away Peter,
Fly away Paul.
Come back Peter,
Come back Paul.

Why do P-Square remind me of this nursery rhyme? Because this is not the first time they will quarrel and if they do reconcile, it will also not be the first or the second reconciliation. They have flown away before and they have also come back again.

That is the reason why I am not so bothered with their family quarrel. You see, the Okoye brothers are first businessmen, before they are artistes. They are not in the entertainment industry. They are in show business, with particularly reference to the word ‘business’. To them, they are not entertaining their fans. They are providing them with a service that they are willing to pay for.

In short, as they say in America, it is all about the Benjamins!

I personally believe that when it is explained to the Okoye brothers what they stand to lose, they will adjust their attitudes faster than you can say Bank Alert!

What do I mean?

Let us learn from history.

The Beatles were once in a similar position as P-Square. And just like some suspect with Peter and Paul, it was women, (Yoko Ono for John Lennon and Linda McCartney) that came between them.

The women fed their individual man’s ego until he thought he was bigger than the group. Even though the Beatles were making hundreds of millions as the biggest group in the world, they allowed themselves to split over women on April 10, 1970.

But the rude awakening was to come when the individuals who made up The Beatles began making much less money as solo artistes than they made together.

As the renowned Nigerian award-winning international flutist, Tee Mac, has said on this matter, “There is a lot of power in togetherness”!

Having said that, I must say that there is a lot Nigeria as a nation can learn from P-Square.
I believe that it is not that the Okoye brothers want to split up as it is that they desire a more perfect union. Not a Union where Peter works and Paul chops or one where Paul has oil but it is Peter that has oil blocs.

P-Square – wants to restructure from unitary form of partnership to true federalism. You are Peter, I am Paul. Together, we are P-Square. Even if we part, we are still Okoyes. If Peter and Paul cannot live in peace, is it our own little Republics that will automatically lead to peace?

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