The paternity controversy between Nigerian music star
and entertainer, P-2 (real name Paul Okoye), and a beauty
pageant contestant and model, Elshamah Igbanoi, has taken
a new twist. SaharaReporters first broke the news that
Ms. Elshamah was stuck in London over unpaid maternity
bills after giving birth to a baby boy she said was fathered
A close relative of Mr. Okoye’s has contacted
SaharaReporters and asserted that the baby born by Ms.
Elshamah Igbanoi, a former Miss Plateau State, is in fact
the musician-entertainer’s first child. A few weeks ago,
P-Square had thrown a party in Atlanta, Georgia to
welcome another baby born by a different lover of his.
Our initial report about the musician’s paternity dispute
with the former Miss Plateau went viral. However, Mr. Paul
Okoye has kept mum, even though some blogs reported
that his public relations claimed that the paternity report
was a “hoax” and even an “April Fools’ joke.”
A family source close to Mr. Okoye, known as “P-2” in the
hip-hop musical duo P-Square, said the music artist was
aware of Ms. Igbanoi’s pregnancy for him about the same
time another lady, Anita, became pregnant for him. The
source disclosed that the baby born in London is in fact Mr.
Okoye’s first son, since he was born on April 7, 2013, three
days before Anita delivered another baby in Atlanta on
April 10, 2013.
However, while P-2 was in Atlanta to announce the birth
of Anita’s son, he abandoned Ms. Igbanoi to her fate in the
UK. In our earlier report, we disclosed that the beauty
pageant contestant’s hospital bills of more than 5000
pounds sterling were yet to be paid. We also reported that
Ms. Igbanoi had received several demands for payment from
Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital on Du Cane Road,
London W12 0HS where her baby was born.
SaharaReporters obtained several photographs indicating
that Ms. Elshamah Igbanoi attended the burial of P-2’s
mother on August 2, 2012 while she was already pregnant
The family source lamented that Paul and his team
members were out to portray Elshama as a groupie who
was after the musician’s fame and wealth. “We know her
to be a responsible lady who trusted Paul,” said the source.
He added: “She had been with him since she was 17 years
old.” Ms. Igbanoi is now 19 years old and third year law
student at the University of Jos.
Elshama’s parents are successful lawyers in Nigeria, while
she is a third year law student at the University of Jos.
Ms. Igbanoi is still in London and is now in an apartment with
her new-born baby named Mishel Paul Okoye.