Monday, April 15, 2024
Monday, April 15, 2024

Why I cancelled the deal when P-Square almost signed Iyanya – Ubi Franklin

Renowned music executive Ubi Franklin has revealed that the famous music duo, P-Square, showed interest in signing Iyanya during a pivotal moment in his music career but were ultimately turned down.

During an episode of The Afrobeats podcast hosted by Adesope Olajide, Ubi Franklin recounted the incident, explaining that P-Square’s actions at the time left him feeling slighted, prompting him to pledge to reject any future offers for Iyanya.

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Franklin recalled how he and Iyanya were invited to P-Square’s residence for a potential record deal meeting by Jude Okoye, their manager. However, Franklin was asked to wait outside while Iyanya, the ‘Kukere’ singer, went in alone.

Despite P-Square’s request for their email address and assurances of sending the contract later, they never followed up on the discussion.


When Iyanya inquired about the lack of communication, Franklin advised him to establish their own record label, believing it was the optimal way to garner credibility in the music industry.

Additionally, the talent manager disclosed that Eldee, a prominent hip-hop artist, presented a more financially rewarding offer to Iyanya around the same time. However, they initially leaned towards signing with P-Square due to the allure of additional benefits.


In his words;

“We got there, Jude, Paul, and Peter told me to wait outside and called Iyanya into the house. I was boiling outside. Iyanya would have gotten that deal with P-Square but the fact that they said I should wait outside, my ego was bruised.

“You know what I said to them, ‘Even if I was offered $50 million, I would reject the deal.’ Guess what Eldee’s deal was actually better than theirs.”

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