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Psquare’s trouble: Why Peter Okoye may be hell-bent on sacking their brother

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With TOFARATI IGE

A social media storm was kicked up when one-half of one of Africa’s finest pop duo, P-Square, Peter Okoye, recently took to his Twitter page to announce that their elder brother, Jude, has been sacked as the group’s manager.

One of Peter’s tweets read,‘Pls whoso ever makes any transaction with Northside Entertainment or Jude Okoye on Psquare’s behalf does so at his or her own risk. #warning.’ He went on to rant that he had wanted Jude out of the picture as far back as 2013, but Paul insisted on having him continue as their manager.

Genesis

For discerning observers, they would know that the trouble in the P-Square family didn’t start today. Tongues had started wagging some years ago when Peter began to make moves which indicated that he wanted to stand on his own. First, he got a solo brand ambassador deal with Olympic Milk. This was followed by his own reality show, ‘Glo Dance With Peter.’

However, the story didn’t start there. Insiders allege that Peter’s grouse stemmed from the fact that Jude insulted his wife, Lola Omotayo, and was against their marriage from the start.

This was said not to go down well with Peter who has since been looking for a way to get his own pound of flesh. It should be recalled that he didn’t attend Jude’s wedding, though Jude didn’t also attend the nuptials between him and Lola.

While the wedding was going on, Peter was busy uploading pictures on social media. He had said at the time that his immediate family consisting of his wife and kids was more important to him than his siblings. He tweeted, ‘People talking s**t about blood” which blood is thicker than the 1 of my children?  #mufus#mufus  talking about family! My number 1 family for now is the 1 I built. And nobody can change dat.  #amout.’

This was months after the group was alleged to have broken up.

The Cynthia Morgan Connection

Cynthia-MorganJude Okoye’s Northside Entertainment artiste,  Cynthia Morgan has also been unwittingly dragged into the drama. Among his series of tweets during the week, Peter had alleged that Jude snatched Cynthia from his grasp before he could sign her to Square Records. Peter’s tweets read, ‘Was in the studio with @cynthiamorgan1 working with her and u told her to excuse us… You then said you heard I wanted to sign her. And then ask what will pple be looking at Jude as if I sign an artiste… 3day later @cynthiamorgan1returned my contract and said jude said me trying to sign her on a different label is becoming a problem… But after 2 weeks she signed with Jude…. My brother think am…But let’s not go deep…. I still stand my ground. He is fired.’ In the heat of the recent fall-out among the brothers, there was a sneak of a rumour that Cynthia Morgan had got pregnant for Jude. It was indeed whispered that it was Jude’s getting the dancehall queen pregnant that got Peter incensed with anger, prompting him to want him out as their manager.

But Cynthia in a tweet hours ago has put paid to the rumour, stating that what has ever existed between her and Jude is purely professional

Paul’s Stand

Paul Okoye has however chosen to stand with Jude. He uploaded a picture of himself with Jude on his Instgram page, deleting Peter from it, and replacing him with a studio. He added the caption, ‘This is where I belong and this is where I stand…you do music in the studio, not on social media, you have family issues, you discuss that in close doors, not on social media…Family is family, blood is blood…If you don’t do family business, then who am I to you?’

Paul has also been making moves outside P-Square. He was recently unveiled as a brand ambassador for the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative  (NURHI)   alongside Tiwa Savage, Mike Ezuruonye, among others. This is even as he has launched his own Rude Boy Records, and signed an artiste, Muno.

Imminent break-up?

With the ongoing drama in the Okoye family, it is all too apparent that the story isn’t over yet. More credence has also been lent to the feelings in some quarters that the group may still ultimately break up.

Even though Peter has apologized for his latest rant, it is believed that he only did it to calm frayed nerves, and not because he has really forgiven Jude. He wrote, ‘I am not perfect, I make mistakes, and it hurts people. But when I say sorry I mean it. I am so SORRY for my actions. I sincerely apologize.’

While time may provide the ultimate answer, the actions of the people in the eye of the storm point to the fact that the centre is uneasy and may no longer hold.

-MonteOz360

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Court Case: The Deafening Silence Of Black Sherif And His Investor

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What is the latest on Black Sherif’s court issue with his investor, Shadrach Agyei Owusu (Chavis)?

Well, Ghana Weekend has been following up on the matter. At least we need to get our audience updated on the issue since it is of great interest to many.

The case

On 11th April 2022, a writ of summons by the plaintiff, Shadrach Agyei Owusu, requesting that Ghanaian artiste Black Sherif be prevented from performing at events without his consent, was sighted by the media.

Shadrack requested an order for the preservation of all funds accrued from Black Sherif’s online streams.

Shadrach Agyei Owusu, the Chief Executive Officer of Waynes Chavis Consult, wanted a receiver to be taking the proceeds of all funds that would be accrued from the activities of the defendant.

This happened at a time when Black Sherif’s latest song ‘Kwaku The Traveller’ was topping global charts, making him the most sought-after artiste in Ghana in recent times.

Why was Black Sherif sued?

This suit came on the back of claims that Black Sherif had neglected his investor after he had injected funds into his career.

Black Sherif was reported to have signed a distribution deal with Empire Music without the consent of his investor, who purportedly had a business management contract with him.

The contract required that Black Sherif conducted all his activities through the investor who came on board to help the artiste.

Court day: May 9, 2022

This was the date set for the court hearing on the matter. So far, little information has been gathered about what became of that particular hearing.

While some of our sources say the case was not called at all, others say, it was deferred to a later date.

Ghana Weekend has tried scooping some information from both sides of the issue, but they are unwilling to really give details of the current situation of this suit.

Our interest

Ordinarily, this should be none of our business, but Ghana Weekend, as a media organisation, is interested in streamlining all facets of the entertainment industry. We saw this matter as a test case of many cracks in artiste-manager deals in the country. We are not on a mission of waking up sleeping dogs. We want precedence to be set for posterity.

Currently, Black Sherif is minding his music business, making money for himself, and growing his music career. Shadrack on the other hand is going about his work. They are both silent about the issue like nothing happened.

Maybe they have squashed their matter in private. Maybe Ghana Weekend is impatient with the outcome of the court hearing.

Maybe, our dear readers need to keep their eyes glued to our platforms as we nose out all details on this matter in our subsequent episodes.

We’ll be back!

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Feli Nuna’s “Towel” Hits 100K Views On YouTube

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Feli Nuna, Off Da Ground signed artist, released a top-charting song on May 11, 2022.

Shawerz Ebiem produced the song “Towel,” and R.Dee shot and directed the video.

Since its release, the song has become a trending topic in Ghana, with over 100,000 views on the global video platform YouTube.

Watch below.

The video has since featured well-known celebrities such as Efya, Jackie is everywhere, Nadia, Shatta Michy, Christable Ekeh, and others.

Feli Nuna’s towel song is all about taking care of one’s self. Self-care is defined as an individual’s, family’s, or community’s ability to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain health by eating well and engaging in stress-relieving activities.

Feli Nuna, real name Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah, has performed on major stages throughout Ghana, including the Ghana Music Awards Nominees Concert, the 4styte Music Video Awards, Coke Studio Africa, the Yaws Fashion Show in Gambia, the Asia-Africa Youth Festival in China, and many more.

Follow Feli Nuna on these social handles below.

Facebook: Feli Nuna

Twitter: @FeliNuna

Instagram: @FeliNuna

Tiktok: @FeliNuna

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Gospel Singer Mercy Chinwo Is Engaged

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Mercy Chinwo, Nigerian gospel singer, is engaged.

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, the music star announced the exciting news on her Instagram page.

“I am blessed to be blessed with @theofficialblessed ❤️ The thoughts of doing the next phase and the rest phase of my life with you makes the blessing more real💃 I love you Sweet❤️,” she wrote.

The music star’s soon-to-be husband, Blessed, also shared the big news via his Instagram page.

“I’M THE MAN THE LORD SHOWED MERCY! @mercychinwo thanks for saying YES! I LOVE YOU DEARLY !😍😍😍😍😍 Ecclesiastical 9:9 Live happily with the woman you love through all the meaningless days of life that God has given you under the sun. The wife God gives you is your REWARD for all your earthly toil. #Mercyisblessed,” he captioned their pre-wedding photos.

Blessed is a pastor at the WaterBrook Church and The Upperroom. He is also an IT professional.

Chinwo is a Nigerian gospel musician, singer and songwriter.

She won the Nigerian Idol Season 2 in 2012.

Chinwo released her first single, “Testimony“, in 2015, and “Igwe” a year later.

She has also had a stint in acting.

She landed her first film role in Yvonne Nelson’s film, House of Gold where she acted as Lucia, starring alongside Yvonne NelsonMajid Michel and Omawumi among others.

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