10th December, 2010
Peter, a member ofÂ the multiple award-winning hip hop group,Â P-square and theÂ twin brotherÂ of Paul,Â spoke to Bayo Adetu about their life and other issues
You recently celebrated your 30th birthday, why did you decide to throw a lavishÂ party?
Well, the truth is that we were not trying to impress anybody by throwing the party,Â neither did we try to let people know how rich we are, but it was something weÂ needed to do and we did it. It was more of a thanksgiving party because God hasÂ really helped us. Last year, we celebrated our birthday with children in theÂ orphanage. We even painted their walls with our own hands and all that, but thisÂ year, we decided to celebrate with our colleagues and fans who have been supportingÂ us right from the onset. If you look at who we are today, you will agree with meÂ that we have every reason to be grateful to God.
Apart from the number, what was the significance of the birthday to you?
That we are alive to record these achievements. Many have died, but we thank God forÂ keeping us alive. It is also important because we have been able toÂ achieve what isÂ beyond our age. What we thought of achieving in 50 years, God made it possibleÂ within five years, so we are very happy.
P-square is one of the most successful artistes in Africa at the moment, how do youÂ feel about this?
We feel happy and want to say that this year has been one of the best for us. It isÂ not as if we did much, butÂ hard work has paid off for us. We pray that God willÂ continue to protect us so that we wonâ€™t start to misbehave and misuse theÂ opportunity.
What do you enjoy most about stardom?
We are really enjoying stardom in the sense that anywhere we go, we get noticed.Â When we go out, most of the things we get are free. For instance, when we go to aÂ bar to drink, we donâ€™t always pay. Not that we donâ€™t have money, but they just donâ€™tÂ collect money from us. At times, when we are going somewhere, you will see peopleÂ blocking us and saying â€˜your boys are here.â€™ I mean the street hawkers and for theÂ sake of love, I donâ€™t want them to damage my car. We have to sort them out before weÂ go. Basically, stardom is a good thing but one has to be careful. We enjoy itÂ because the advantages are more than the disadvantages.
You didnâ€™t talk about pressure from female fans?
There are more female fans around than male and as celebrities, it is a normalÂ thing. We try to do things the right way despite the fact that our female fans areÂ always coming around. But at times, people from outside see it differently. Some ofÂ them say all sorts of things like those guys sleep with the ladies and all that.Â Just as a woman wants her privacy protected,. P-square also wants their privacy andÂ dignity protected. We donâ€™t want to mess up because if anything affects us, it mayÂ affect a lot of people and being public figure, we watch what we do.
So can you remember the craziest thing any of them did to P-square before?
There are lots of that, but let me tell you, the one that is recent. AfterÂ performing in one of our tours outside Nigeria, we were in the hotel relaxing whenÂ the telephone rang. After picking the call, the security guard told us that someÂ girls wanted to see us outside. We accepted toÂ greet them and one of them held meÂ and didnâ€™t allowÂ me to go. I felt very bad because my body guard hit her, but IÂ later sacked him because I didnâ€™t want him to be treating our fans like that. IÂ consoled her and we all went to the bar with her friends to drink. I laterÂ discovered that she wanted a relationship but I told her it was not possible. TheÂ craziest thing happened the next time we visited the country. On our arrival at theÂ airport, a lot of people started giving us flowers and all that. All of a sudden,Â this girl appeared from the crowd and started kissing me in front of cameramen whoÂ had come to cover our arrival. Throughout my stay there, she was just misbehaving,Â but you know, there are some things you canâ€™t push away.
Perhaps you need to get married for all these to stop?
Even if we are married, itÂ doesnâ€™t stop that. A lot of married ladies chase marriedÂ men and vice versa. Most of our colleagues who are married witness that everyday. WeÂ will definitely get married at the appropriate time. We donâ€™t want to get marriedÂ today and divorce tomorrow. Even if marriage comes in the next 10 years, we donâ€™tÂ mind. We donâ€™t want marriage to change our attitude towards people, particularly ourÂ fans.
Should we expect you to marry the mother of your child, Lola Omotayo?
She is a nice person, so there is nothing wrong if I decide to settle down with her.Â But like I said earlier, marriage is not what you can rush into. If God wants her toÂ be my wife, fine and if it is otherwise, there is nothing I can do.
What does friendship mean to you?
If there are friends and somebody is successful among them, he should not seeÂ himself as a leader, but an example to the rest. Friendship is all about supportingÂ one another.
Since you guys relocated to Lagos about six years ago, your father only came toÂ visit you about two months ago?
Yes, he was so speechless when he came and saw what we have achieved. He didnâ€™tÂ believe that his boys that left Jos a few years back could have achieved what he sawÂ here. Although our house in Jos is as big as the one in Omole, he could notÂ comprehend the fact that we have also achieved so much in Lagos. Back then in Jos,Â he didnâ€™t want us to play music, but when we insisted, he stopped paying our schoolÂ fees. But our mother was solidly behind us. She would sneak us out to go and performÂ at shows then and on our return the following morning, we will stylishly throwÂ stones on her window so that she could open the door for us. But one day, weÂ mistakenly threw a stone at our fatherâ€™s window and it almost caused a big problemÂ in the family. But above all, we thank God for His grace in bringing us this far. WeÂ never expected to achieve these things within such a short period. We actuallyÂ disobeyed our father to become musicians and that is why, today, we see ourselvesÂ competing with our parents, not our colleagues. This is because we want to prove toÂ our parents that we knew what we were doing and the step we took back then isÂ actually paying off. I can say that it was a big risk we took, but I will not adviseÂ anybody to do such.