Josephine Okoye, the late mother of Psquare duo Peter and Paul Okoye had been ill for some time, and was operated upon, in an Indian hospital, hours before she gave up the ghost. Newsmen has just confirmed that the deceased passed about five hours after undergoing heart surgery in India.
A statement from Psquare’s publicist says Josephine Okoye who had battled with prolonged illness passed away in an Indian hospital in Kolkata, last night July 11, 2012 at 11PM. Peter Okoye disclosed to Newsmen, at the Okoyes’ residence, that their late mother suffered from diabetes.
We’re told she had earlier been admitted at St. Nicholas hospital, in Lagos but was flown out of the country when her health condition worsened. The atmosphere at Squareville, home of the Okoyes – Peter, Paul and Jude, at Omole Phase 1, this morning bore a solemn look.
Friends and colleagues of the award-winning singers have been visiting the house to commiserate with the family. A condolence register has been opened and some of those who paid early visits include their album marketer, T-Joe, producers Flip Tyce and Samklef and TV host Helen Paul-Bamisile. Peter Okoye opened up his doors to speak with Newsmen, Paul was not seen anywhere in the vicinity.
‘You know that she was a prayer warrior, so I don’t need to tell you how she stood by us spiritually. Besides, she was the only one that believed in us when we decided to make a career out of music.
I can remember that she used to sneak us out at night then to attend shows without the consent of our father who insisted that we must quit music to face our education’, Peter recounts. She is survived by her Jos based husband, children; Ifeanyi, Henry, Jude, Lilian, Tony, Peter, Paul and Mary. She also had grand-children, including Cameron, Peter’s son.