Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Mixed Reaction Trail Peter Okoye's New Tattoo

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Peter Okoye of P-Square

Peter Okoye; the other half of the singing duo P Square yesterday curled up his left bicep and took pictures of a new tattoo he made clasped around his left wrist, cascading down his forearm, he quickly posted this on social networking site Twitter but rather than accolades, more outrage have poured from fans.

The dark tattoo glistening around his arm looked somewhat like a calligraphy of modern abstract art with a studded star and US dollar sign appearing distinctively in the wave-like dark formations. Peter appeared quite pleased with the result but not all of his Twitter followers and fans.

A cross section of internet active users later interviewed by this writer feared this was becoming a gradual obsession. "Soon he will have his entire body covered in tattoo," one remarked.

Another anonymous said "This is the problem with Nigerian artists who feel that they have to copy what foreign rappers are doing. He does not need this to be successful at all and I really hope its temporary. Unlike rappers in USA who have no other ambition, our own artists may one day contest for political office and what will he have to say then"

Peter Okoye obviously may not have this ambition even in his wildest imagination but he is Peter of the famous P Square so talk like this is expected.

The twin wanted to feel fan's reactions and he is getting it with hundreds pouring in on every available social networking site and entertainment blog. A vast majority have continued to express their disdain at the new tattoo.

One Zeena however said "I have no idea why people still don't appreciate body art; he got those tattoos because he wanted to, nobody forced him, so let's all take a chill pill and relax"

Peter is not the only Nigerian artist wearing tattoos; Wizkid, Davido, Flavour and Tiwa Savage also spot their own tattoos, Peter's case, however, has always been different with each new tattoo sparking off wide reactions.

In August 2009, he had unleashed on himself the first set of tattoos with a guitar and music clef prominent in the designs; this was shortly before P Square held the world press conference that launched their 2009 "Danger" album. Peter had flaunted his new tattoos in front of cameras.

Industry watchers predict the twins may be up to something and this tattoo is a new feature Peter wants to add to accentuate his appearance at the occasion. It could be a tour or who knows ... another album.

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