Josephine Okoye, the late mother of Psquare duo
Peter and Paul Okoye had been ill for some time, and
was operated on in an Indian hospital a few hours
before she gave up the ghost.
NET has confirmed that the deceased passed away
about five hours after undergoing heart surgery.
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.'
Speaking to NET at his residence, Peter Okoye said
their late mother suffered from diabetes.
We're told she had earlier been admitted to St.
Nicholas hospital in Lagos, but was flown out of the
country when her condition worsened.
The atmosphere at Squareville, the Omole Phase 1
home of the Okoye brothers – Peter, Paul and Jude,
was somber, less than a day after the news broke.
Friends and colleagues of the award-winning singers
have been visiting the house to commiserate with the
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.
While Peter Okoye opened up his doors to speak with
NET, 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, her
children Ifeanyi, Henry, Jude, Lilian, Tony, Peter, Paul
and Mary, as well as her grand-children, including
Cameron, Peter's son.