Peter Okoye, better known as Mr P, who together with his twin brother, Paul, formed the hugely successful P-Square is set to release his first solo album The Prodigal.
P-Square, the first Afrobeats supergroup, was disbanded over three years ago in the duo’s acrimonious split. Speaking on his project, Mr P said:
This is more like me trying to express myself, my creativity. I want to be in charge of myself, I want to get things done. Getting the opportunity for people to know my own sound. My music is not like every song you must play them in the club.
I’m never a fan of singles. I’m more a fan of projects, album. That’s the kind of person I am.
Mr P also indicated that production of the record faced challenges including the coronavirus pandemic, political protests and personal tragedy. He said:
I had one of the worst moments with my family. I caught it, my wife caught it, my daughter… all my domestic staff. I’m in the guest room, I’m talking to my family on the phone. That’s how we communicated for three weeks.
People said the government have paid me to claim that I have Covid. Somebody said a comment that really hurt me, [that] I should have died on this Covid so they would know truly, truly that I actually caught it. I was like, wow.It’s sad that over here people are still doubting Covid is real.
This was in reference to the recent passing of Mr P’s father-in-law which followed a summer of upheaval when his entire family caught Covid-19.
Artists like Teni, Simi, Tiwa Savage and Mohombi all make guest appearances. Wande Coal was the collaborator on lead-off single, Follow My Lead.