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Jude Okoye: “I Don’t Want To Be A Celebrity” | P-Square’s Vital Third Leg Opens up on Success, Relationships & More

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A few days ago, the elder brother to African Music duo P-Square, Jude Okoye, better known as the manager and music video director for the award-winning group gave an exclusive interview to PM News. The interview was conducted by Bayo Adetu who also happens to be P-Square’s publicist.

Since he’s been in the limelight, many fans of his and P-Square‘s have had questions about Jude’s role in P-Square’s success, how they’ve made it this far and the ever recurring question of why they are not married. Jude answers  them all!
Click HERE to read the complete interview and check out excerpts below.

P-Square with brother/manager/producer Jude Okoye

On being a brother to the famous twins
I will say that I am blessed and fortunate because it’s an honour to be the person behind them, and doing all the necessary things to keep the brand relevant at all time. At the same time, it’s not easy because every arrow and weapon tend to land on me, but I can’t complain because it’s what I signed and nobody is forcing me. I am blessed and happy that they’re my brothers.

His most memorable experience with P-Square
The fact that they’re recognised globally. At times, I sit in my room and people across the world would be calling for shows and you start wondering how your music got there despite the fact you don’t have a promoter, marketer or even the label’s brand office in these places.
I think that’s just the most memorable experience. But now, it is much easier with our deals with Konvict Music and Universal.

On P-Square’s personal life
Paul is more on the reserved side while Peter is on the social side. Peter is like a socialite, outgoing person more than Paul. Peter has the motivating drive. He loves to ginger us into doing stuff and at the end of the day; you don’t have an option than to follow him.
As for Paul, he would not consult anybody if he has any idea before doing it, and after perfecting it, he would now call us into it.

Why he only focuses on P-Square’s Careers
If I am just a producer, manager or record label CEO, I will definitely expand by signing more artistes and commercialise myself, but my hands are tied. My hands are full because I do all these works myself. I don’t have time and when I have little time to take my work outside, like producing video or audio for someone else, there is always competition, especially when the artiste is not as big as P-Square. The next thing you hear is that Jude doesn’t want me to shine more than his brothers. Besides, most up and coming artistes make the mistake of comparing themselves with the big masquerades. That’s why I have to limit myself and remain with P-Square. Soonest, I will relinquish some of the work to capable hands, so that I can have enough time to rest and promote other artistes.

On Celebrity life for him
Why are you people always forcing me to come to the public? I don’t want to be a celebrity and I am not one of them. I don’t sing, dance or act.
I love where I am now (hiding myself) and if I love to do that, how do you expect me to introduce the lady I am dating? Back to your question, I have somebody, yes. That’s all.
Like I said, I have somebody but I won’t tell you her name.

His ideal woman
The most important thing I look out for in a woman is understanding, aside physical beauty because everybody wants to look at the person beside him and be amazed and happy to have married a beautiful lady, not an ugly girl. Basically, your wife should understand you, especially when both male and female fans are swarming around you, wanting to take photographs with you and the rest. She must understand when you’re at work and office. That is my kind of woman.

“Peter and Paul already have kids; and we all know their heartthrobs. Can you tell us the one in your life?”
When I will kick bachelorhood, I will call you and my fans to come and eat and drink. Already, I have purchased the bell, when it’s time, I will ring it.

It’s taking so long because I am waiting for you people. Basically, why I am not yet married is that I don’t want to get married because I have all it takes to marry or because I am ripe. I want to get married and feel married so that I will be committed to my wife.
Although, I am not looking for a perfect person, but she must be a friend, partner, everything and someone that understands what I do.

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27 Comments

  1. sarafina

    July 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Have a stadum of seats! Hiss

    • Mimi

      July 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      In fact, Webley no big reach the seat I want give am. Mschew. The english of the interview sef, it get as it be and this Bayo person is a publicist. Odiegwu

    • Mimi

      July 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Wembley

    • i no send

      July 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      big looool..you hav made me laugh so hard

  2. Omolola

    July 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    He has fans???..hmmm…interesting.

  3. CarliforniaBawler

    July 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    lol….I couldn’t get past “third leg”…hehehehe!!

    • aj

      July 27, 2013 at 7:45 am

      of course you wouldn’t lol. bad minded girl!

  4. lola

    July 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm

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  5. Ochuko

    July 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    The English sha 🙁 , upon all the money he has. SMH

  6. BabyDee

    July 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    All this aba made tejuosho market type answers sha……..

    BabyDee.

    • Chigbo

      July 27, 2013 at 12:01 am

      LWKM……..true sha. Very local and razz.

    • nene

      July 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

      as in

  7. ebwetse peter

    July 26, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    life is all about what u think, and all what he said it dew to is life experience it nt easy to be a celebrity

  8. dlapikin

    July 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Are there actually people who find him relevant besides his family? I read through waiting to learn more but meh… Completely uninspiring. I don’t know if it is the interviewer who didn’t bring it out of him or he just perceive himself to have fans…

  9. ILoveBradPitt

    July 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    ..but he’s a celebrity, he’s not just publicly acclaimed

  10. OK

    July 26, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Trust me, Jude ain’t no vital “third leg” for either Peter or Paul…if you get what I mean.

  11. sweetie

    July 27, 2013 at 3:01 am

    I’m sorry to say this but his answers makes him come across like an illiterate

  12. Mindblowingme

    July 27, 2013 at 4:10 am

    c’mon guys… give the guy a break. i mean i ve lived in a country where English speaking is on a Zero level yet…..

  13. Iamme

    July 27, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Did anyone else notice that Jude didn’t necessarily answer the questions he was asked? And the spoken (well, in this case written) English was poor…really poor.

  14. Dr CeeK

    July 27, 2013 at 11:32 am

    cool guy!

  15. Beauty

    July 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    third leg!!!! bhuaaaahahahaabhuaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

  16. princess

    July 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Successful young man. You guys shd go and do ur own and stop worrying about his English. Is English your mama tongue? Bad belle people!!!

  17. Tinker

    July 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I don’t understand you people and your concern about his English speaking abilities. He produces fantastic videos, is the manager of one of the most successful music groups out of the continent of Africa, is a solid rock for his brothers, invests their money wisely, is a millionaire in any currency (dollar, yen or pond), has not been involved in any known scandal, and the list is endless. And you all, hiding behind your computers are complaining about his English? If your English speaking abilities hasn’t bought you a house in Parkview or bought you first class ticket (to even Abuja), I wonder when it will. Thumbs up Jude. continue doing what you know how to do best. God bless your heart!

    • Uche

      July 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Great comment! Naija peeps and carping! Chai…All these people just inspire me to hustle my own way out of poverty and mediocrity. Never mind the English!

    • botm

      July 29, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      I stopped reading as soon as I saw “yen or pond”. what’s “pond”? Bye boy!

  18. clint

    July 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    The dude is a self made millionaire and reserved. You guys shld stop the hate…walk tall,brother Jude.

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