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Family yet to announce Pa Okoye’s burial date as son, Jude welcomes baby girl in US

Mazi Moses Okoye with Peter and Lola Okoye

As the duo of Peter and Paul, popularly known as P-Square and siblings mourn their father, Mazi Moses Okoye, there is a cause for celebration and jubilation as their elder brother, Jude and his beautiful wife, Ify welcomed a baby girl on Saturday, November 30, 2014, in the United States of America, few days after the septuagenarian businessman’s death in Lagos (Nigeria).

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Jude Okoye and wife, Ifeoma on the arrival of their tot

The newest father in the Okoye family, who is currently in the States, posted the pictures of the bundle of joy on social media (twitter) over the weekend. Since the baby’s arrival, the family has been in joyous mood, despite the demise of their father.

Although, all efforts to speak with the talented director proved abortive as his numbers were not reachable at the time of filing this report on Monday, December 1, 2014, a source said mother and the tot are in a good condition. He, however, added; “It’s sad that their father is not alive to see Jude’s daughter.”

Meanwhile, the family is yet to conclude plans on the burial arrangement of Pa Okoye despite series of meetings held in Lagos and Anambra state. No official release on the cause of death, but authentic sources said his corpse had been deposited at Bemil Mortuary, Ojodu, Lagos.

ENCOMIUM Weekly was reliably told by family sources that the official release will be made public in a couple of days.

The Okoyes have been having closed-door meetings, and top on the agenda is how to give their father a befitting burial.

Early last week, ENCOMIUM Weekly visited their palatial home in Omole, Lagos. While the meeting was on, the Lola Holloway Street mansion at 1 pm (Wednesday, November 26) paraded security men who kept vigil at the gate.

No visitor was allowed into the house, manned by two military officers. The purpose, we reliably gathered, was to prevent uninvited sympathizers from entering the premises, which appeared deserted.

Peter and Paul Okoye

Peter and Paul Okoye

Not many people have paid them condolence visits going by what we discovered during our visit, which lasted over an hour (from 1 pm to 2:10 pm). However, some friends and dancers of the entertainers, including May D and Cynthia Morgan had signed the condolence register, opened on Tuesday, November 25.

Unlike in 2012 when their mom (Madam Josephine) passed on, and the house was besieged by sympathizers (from all walks of life) a few hours after her demise was announced, their dad’s death is treated differently by the Okoyes.

By weekend, other celebrities stormed P-Square’s Omole mansion to sympathize with the family.

Pa Okoye, a businessman based in Jos (Plateau) joined his late wife on Monday, November 24, 2014, around 10 pm when he slumped at the Omole home of his super stars musician sons. He had undergone a knee surgery weeks earlier, but had a respiratory ailment which might have led to his death.

Late mom, Josephine Okoye

Late mom, Josephine Okoye

He’s survived by eight children: seven sons and a daughter (Christopher, Henry, Jude, Lilian, Tony, Peter, Paul and Mary.)

His last interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly (held on Saturday, March 22, 2014) during Paul Okoye and Anita Isama’s traditional wedding in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State is reproduced below.

Tell us how you feel?

I am very happy to be among the people that participated in this traditional wedding of my son, Paul.

What kind of person is your son, Paul?

He is a simple man. From childhood, I taught him and his brothers the essence of God, and I am happy he knows God, up till date. I have never seen him arguing with anybody, and he likes to be friendly with everybody, no matter the ethnicity. That’s why he chose this line of business, which everybody enjoys.

When Paul told you he wanted to marry Anita, how did you take it?

That has been my expectation. The joy of every parent is to see his son get married and have children. When it is time for them to do so, and they don’t, parents get worried. So, it has been my expectation and I am happy that it happened today, because it is time for him to start building a home, the family of their own.

P-Square's house in Omole, Lagos

P-Square’s house in Omole, Lagos

Are you worried that their elder brother, Jude is not married?

I am not worried because I have met Jude and he told me that after Paul’s wedding, it’s his own. As a father, I interviewed all of them and he has given me every assurance that he is going to get married. If we love them, we should continue to pray for God to select the best wives for them.

What is your advice?

God will be on their side always, because it is God that started this work before most of us got aware. I am grateful that God will continue to be with him and his wife. I pray that they will never go astray.

-RASHEED ABUBAKAR

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