Popular, pivotal, prodigious, a pioneer: Peter Okoye is all of these things. You probably know him better as Mr P.
Alongside his twin brother, he formed the hugely successful P-Square – the first afrobeats supergroup. They set the standard and blazed a trail for the explosion of musical talent we’ve seen in the last decade.
Now, more than three years after the duo’s acrimonious split, Mr P is finally getting ready to release his debut solo album, The Prodigal.
It should come as no surprise that such an influential figure has been able to dip into his ample contacts book.
Teni, Simi, Tiwa Savage, and Mohombi all make guest appearances. Wande Coal was the collaborator on the lead-off single, Follow My Lead.
Not that Mr P is too worried about the choice of promotional track.
But production of the record didn’t always run smoothly because of the pandemic, political protests and personal tragedy.
The recent passing of Mr P’s father-in-law follows a summer of upheaval when his entire family caught Covid-19.
The experience means he has little time for Nigeria’s coronavirus deniers.