How my wife, daughter and I tested positive for Coronavirus – Peter Okoye
30 June 2020 | 7:00 am
Popular Singer and one of the defunt P-Square Brothers, Peter Okoye, has revealed how he, his wife, and daughter tested positive for COVID-19 and battled the virus for three weeks.
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