Paul Okoye might sound somewhat new as a name while the name P-Square is more known. Paul Okoye is a member of the defunct twin group popularly known as P-Square. He is better known or recognized as the ‘guy with the dreadlocks’ in the P-Square group.
Although his real name is Paul Okoye, he is more known by his stage name ‘RudeBoy’. He is largely referred to be the brain behind the defunct popular P-Square group so long as sound and music are concerned. His influence on the sound of the group is so huge that after their breakup, most teeming fans of the group believed that Paul’s songs sound exactly like that of the defunct group.
This post contains the Biography of Paul Okoye, also known as Rudeboy.
Paul Okoye (Rudeboy) Biography
Paul Okoye (born 18 November 1981), popularly known by his stage name ‘Rudeboy‘, is a Nigerian musician, songwriter and recording artist and a member of the defunct P-Square group. He is from Ifite, Dunu area of Anambra State. Paul Okoye attended the St. Murumba secondary school in Jos, Nigeria and then later proceeded to the University of Abuja to study Business Administration.
Although Paul is from Anambra State, he was born in Jos with his twin brother, Peter. The duo had their secondary school in Jos, at St. Murumba Secondary School and later went to the University of Abuja where they studied Business Administration.
Paul joined his school music and drama club where he began singing, dancing, and mimicking songs by MC Hammer, Bobby Brown and Michael Jackson.
He would later co-form an Acappella quartet called “MMMPP” (M Clef a.k.a. Itemoh, Michael, Melvin, Peter, and Paul). Drawing inspiration from their music idol Michael Jackson, they began break dancing, formed the group called “Smooth Criminals” in 1997. They dropped M Clef from the group “MMMPP” which later was changed to “MMPP”. Their artistic talent and precise dance routine soon made them household names in the city of Jos, where they performed at school functions and other occasions.
Later in 1999, Paul returned to music school to develop his skills on the keyboard, drums, bass and rhythm guitar, alongside his twin. Their work includes the soundtracks for a number of films like Tobi, Mama Sunday, Moment of Bitterness and Evas River.
The same year, they both applied to the University of Abuja to study Business Administration. The Smooth Criminals disbanded when its members left for various other universities. Subsequently, Peter and Paul formed their own group, variously called “Double P”, “P&P”, and “Da Pees”, until they eventually settled on “P-Square”. They were managed by Bayo Odusami aka Howie T, a seasoned concert promoter and the CEO of Adrot Nigeria Limited.
Although Paul laid back when the P-Square group performed, as far as dancing and choreography were concerned, his singing pattern clearly defined the P-Square sound. Despite breaking apart, Paul has risen greatly and found favour in the eyes of fans, all thanks to the quality of songs he has released since his solo career. His popularity has soared higher beyond the expectation of some fans of the P-Square group who thought the group was more of dance and moves and thought he would not survive for long.
Paul has defied odds and keeps doing so by churning out back-to-back hits in recent times; some of which are ‘Reality’, ‘Reason with me’, and the famous ‘Audio Money‘, featuring self-acclaimed Ghanian billionaire and richest man in Africa, Shatta Bandle. In all, Rudeboy has released nearly 40 songs since P-Square fell apart!
Paul Okoye (Rudeboy) Family, Wife & Children
Paul Okoye popularly known as Rudeboy got married to Anita ( Nee Isama), a trained lawyer in 2014 and together they have three children (Andre, Nadia, and Nathan).
Paul met his wife at the University of Abuja. He was in his final year while she was in her first year. Paul and Anita have been together since 2005 and their love is still waxing strong. In an interview with Punch, Anita, describing how Paul proposed said:
Paul took me to a jewellery store and asked me to pick any diamond ring of my choice; there were 10 rings before me. I did, and right there he dropped on one knee and popped the question. It was sudden and such a spontaneous romantic gesture. I was completely floored and all I could do was cry.
In all, Paul and his twin brother, Peter who made up the defunct P-Square group recorded and released six albums in total.
Paul Okoye (Rudeboy) Net Worth
Paul Okoye, more popularly known as Rudeboy is no doubt one of Nigeria’s richest musician with an estimated net worth of $10 million. Some of his cars include Mercedes Benz, Wrangler, BMW X6, and a Range Rover. He also has a mansion in Atlanta, Georgia, the USA which is next to that of his twin brother and more so, some other real estate properties in Nigeria to his name.