Nigerians on Twitter have likened the circumstances surrounding the split of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the UK royal family to that of Peter Okoye and Lola, his wife.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had stepped down from royal duties last year amid Meghan’s struggles to adapt to life in the royal family.
In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan had narrated how she contemplated suicide after her struggles with the royal family took a toll on her mental health.
The pair’s revelation had since reignited discussions on Twitter over how Peter Okoye, a popular singer better known as Mr P, also fell out with his family for insisting on marrying Lola.
It was also rumoured in some quarters that the pair’s mother had opposed Peter’s marriage to Lola before she breathed her last.
Paul also appeared to have given credence to the claims last year when he accused Lola of being manipulative during a social media face-off on the occasion of the twins’ 39th birthday.
In the wake of Harry and Meghan’s recent interview, several Nigerians have taken to the microblogging platform to revisit Peter and Lola’s union and also compared it to that of Harry and Markle.
“Peter Okoye (Mr P) did more than Harry to protect his wife. Fought his family and left them. Quarrelled with his twin. Scattered Psquare, a legacy world-beating successful music group for his wife. But he was still villainised here by men and women. Is he not a Nigerian man?” a user queried.
“We should celebrate Peter Okoye for standing for his wife against his family. The only difference between Harry and Peter is that the former is royalty while the latter is not. Peter Okoye, na man you be,” another user wrote.
Here’s what others had to say:
I celebrate peter okoye all the time, I even use him as a good example in a conversation and defend him alot
Hes a wonderful man https://t.co/Gq43rogmte
— DUCHESS👸🏻OF👸🏻LEKKI (@Faithysia_blunt) March 8, 2021
I don’t know why you people are bringing up Peter Okoye.
Are you not the same ones that called him names & have been insulting Lola nonstop for “separating him from his family”?
— Idomagirl (@idomagirl) March 8, 2021
(They both are!)
— Mandy (@nikkymandy_) March 8, 2021
Peter Okoye obviously sacrificed more to be honest, but what did he get? Bash upon Bash! Sadly.
— King David (@MeetOlamide) March 8, 2021
Most Nigerian man always stand up for their wives just like Harry and Peter Okoye! Because they’re not celebrities and don’t come online to rant does not mean they don’t exist. I have one as my husband.
— MOTHER OF GIRLS (@ijeoma_anita) March 8, 2021
Peter Okoye is a noble man for sure. The sacrifice he made for his wife and family, I respect that.
— Karibiba🤎 (@TheeBibbs) March 8, 2021
Since we are now in our right senses… This is a peter okoye appreciation tweet ♥️ pic.twitter.com/N8sEgqikMn
— BIMA (@mirabelaokoi) March 8, 2021
Peter Okoye is Igbo. He left even his own twin brother.
Rochas is Igbo. He even got arrested while fighting to reclaim his wife’s property.
These are even popular and recent examples.
Just say “can never be my father/brothers/uncles…” next time. https://t.co/rVD9dUKGoE
— FIRST VISIT : PEARL NECKLACE 🐐. (@obeyamark) March 8, 2021
When Peter Okoye chose his wife over his family, many of you said the wife was a home wrecker
But now that its Prince Harry choosing his wife over his royal family, you people are calling him a king
It is well
— Peace Of Mind (@wealthy_yute) March 8, 2021
At least Harry has been getting multi-million dollar deals and there are more waiting in line for him.
What did Peter Okoye get in return?
But Nigerian men should learn one or two from Harry and not our very own poor Peter
— Man of Letters. (@Letter_to_Jack) March 8, 2021
If Peter Okoye (Mr P) and Lola Omotayo were the Duke and Duchess of Awka, Peter would have been celebrated for his own decision to protect his wife and cut off his family too. pic.twitter.com/uKHGvQKl5w
— Man of Letters. (@Letter_to_Jack) March 8, 2021
Peter Okoye didn’t receive this much support neither did Lola, infact she was vilified and called all sort of names. But now Harry and Meghan are your hero’s, you see this thing called colonialism? E still dey
— Hannah Rachel (@hannahmuktar) March 8, 2021
When Peter Okoye ( P Square) stood with his wife against his family’s wish, moral lessons, praise & worship were not flying up and down, now that Prince Harry is standing with Meghan against the royal family, see praise & worship of Harry & dragging of Nigerian men up and down.
— UNCLE AJ (@UNCLE_AJALA) March 8, 2021
Watching Harry talked about how he made the decision to stand for his own family (Meghan and their kids), reminds me of Peter Okoye so much. It’s important to marry a man that’s not tied to his family’s apron, or one that can’t stand up for his wife.
— F (@TillyTillie) March 8, 2021
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