It’s funny how it took a Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for Peter Okoye to find redemption in the court of public opinion.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been in the news in recent times because of their exit from the royal family. It was no surprise when the duo trended on social media after a rather explosive bombshell of an interview with talk-show host Oprah Winfrey over the weekend.
The interview would be the first one Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, would be giving since they stepped away from their official royal duties last year. The couple recanted their ordeals and treatment they got from the royal family which elicited support for the couple from folks the world over, celebs and regular people alike.
Nigerians were not left out as they were all supportive and full of praise for Prince Harry for standing by His wife. A large number thought it was laudable of him to give up royalty for love. A truly Shakespeare-esque sacrifice, something out of the pages of a love story. This brings us to the nitty gritty of this article.
While we think it’s cute that Nigerians thought it was right for Harry to stand by his wife, we are frankly disappointed at the hypocrisy and the double standards.
Our very own Peter P-square Okoye happened to be in a similar dilemma in 2016 and the reactions he got were nothing like what we see today being accorded to Harry and Meghan.
Recall that in 2016, Boy band P-Square split up and there was some ‘woman’ angle to the split. Peter Okoye, one half of the now defunct group had reportedly instituted the termination of the group.
Peter had claimed that his brother slandered his wife and children on social media. He raised very serious allegations as he described feeling as though his brothers posed a threat to him and his family’s well-being. “Me and my wife have been getting life-threatening messages and I fear for my life and the life of my family,” he stated.“ Remember Jude has threatened to kill me and shoot my wife in the presence of Paul and Mrs. Imoke,” he said.
The blame for the split was placed squarely on Peter’s shoulders as Nigerians blamed him for letting a woman come between him and his brothers, so now, how different is Prince Harry’s action from Peter’s?
While Prince Harry has been praised and all but knighted in the court of public opinion, Peter Okoye was vilified up until the royal did the very same thing.
The question now is what changed? and why have Peter’s actions suddenly become laudable?
The answer is simple, the penchant to embrace anything foreign and demonise our own, the hypocrisy is not only distasteful but disappointing.
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From the reactions it’s hard to believe this same Peter had been painted in bad light just a few years ago, this just points to how much of an influence foreign stuff has on us, even our judgement of other people.