There is only one Charly Boy in the whole world, and if you don’t know him, you don’t know him. But I believe you may have in one way or the other heard about this strange fellow whose obscure lifestyle has gone beyond a mere joke, and can no longer be ignored.
Born Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa, on the 19th of June 1951, Charlie is a Nigerian singer/songwriter, television presenter, publisher, producer and one of Nigeria’s most controversial entertainers, best known for his alternative biker lifestyle, political views, and TV productions, most notable of which is ‘The Charly Boy Show’. He has been president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, and in 2011, an Idol Series judge. Though you may have seen or heard about this musician of no comparison, I bet there are a whole lot of things you never knew about him.
1. Did you ever Imagine the birth and Early Years of this Strange being?
Charles Oputa was born about 64 years ago, though his exact age has been an issue of contention. He is the second son of Late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, a native of Oguta in Imo state of Nigeria.
2. How did he become what he is today?
You’ll never believe that his original dream in life was to become a priest, but he deserted the seminary barely a year into it. His father sponsored him to the US to study law, but again, he abandoned it for a degree in Communications, after which he returned to Nigeria and delved into music in the most crazy manner.
3. He is Nicknamed “His Royal Punkness” and “Area Fada”
Charlie Boy is popularly known as Area fada. He is also addresses as CB or His Royal Punkness. That’s a very strange choice for a nickname if you ask me.
4. His Music Career
Charlie started his music career as far back as 1982, but started gaining prominence around 1985. He attained greater success with the 1985 Polygram Nigeria release of ‘Nwata Miss’, which included his title track. His most popular album was 1990 – the title was a reference to Nigeria’s corrupt military government which was expected to hand over power to civilians in that year, although civilian rule did not start until 1999.
1990 earned Charly Boy mixed reviews due to its political nature and also caused a national controversy, after which a number of radio stations refused to play the title track. Despite this, 1990 was one of Nigeria’s best-selling albums of 1988, and Charly Boy was credited with using his music to stand up to his government, a lá Fela Kuti. In recent years, Charly Boy has worked on several collaborations with his cousin Dr. Alban, most notably on the song “Carolina” which sampled an earlier hit of Dr. Alban’s – “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” – and had originally featured singer Michael Rose. The re-worked version was sung in Nigerian Pidgin and was a hit in Nigeria. The pair also recorded the songs “Work Work Africa” and “Commercial Waste”.
Charly Boy’s music has always been a national talking-point. Among the tracks on the album “1990” was “Big Bottom”, a tribute to the female derriere. The scenes of the music were so obscene that in most Nigerian states, it was denied airplay on radio due to its somewhat raunchy lyrics. It was later banned from television, and finally denied airplay by the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission on the grounds of obscenity.
5. He was Sexually Abused and lost His Virginity before Adolescence
Oputa is widely known for his loose and reckless sexual life. This could be traced down to his unfortunate childhood experiences. He revealed this in his usual sarcastic tone. Read the excerpts below:
“When I was barely 10 years old, my baby nurse was caught tampering with me sexually, Chineke! A practice that pleasured me even though I didn’t know what the heck to do, when we were caught by my mother needless to say how livid she was. My God! Come and see! She beat the living hell out of my baby nurse, didn’t even know my mum knew karate and judo then. No be small thing.
By the time I turned 12, I was disvirgined by a local whore who dashed me my first STD, the discomfort I experienced was very scary, it was as if my kini was on fire. Kai! I confided in my Mama, who took it upon herself to further frighten and scare the living day light out of me, telling me how sex is so bad and dangerous. Did that frighten me after I was cured? For where?”
6. He Fathered a Son at Age 16
He started engaging in incessant illicit sexual affairs right from puberty age and before he turned 16, he has already impregnated a girl who later had a son for him. He narrates how it all happened below:
“From there on, girls were getting pregnant around me like they were all catching cold. The more I was beaten up by my father and scared shitless by my mother for my waywardness the more stories of pregnant girls all over the bloody place grew, it was amazing though it wasn’t funny. Meanwhile, in secondary school, my mates were busy being good children, reading their books; I was busy fornicating all over the place getting girls pregnant. It was incredible when I come to think about it now. By the time I was 16yrs old, I had my first baby, of course not to be seen as a cursed child, I denied any knowledge of ever knowing the women at the time, who usually were all older than me, some by 10 years. All I could chorus at that time was that famous tune by Shaggy – No, “It Wasn’t Me”.
7. The Extremity of his Weird Nature – Does His Meditation in a Coffin
Mention Charlie Boy and the next word that follows is “Weirdness”. Though his wife Diana would hardly admit to the fact that her husband is weird, but there are a lot of things that have left Charles best described as not only weird, but obscene and obscure. He has scary tattoos all over his body, wears excessive rings on any possible part – ears fingers, nose, tongue, etc. The lyrics of his music has always been controversial, his outfits so bizarre and satanic, his dance moves so demonic and ohh….Charles Oputa is really a weird person, take it or leave it. Can you imagine? He lies inside a casket whenever he wants to do serious thinking or meditation just in the name of serenity and reminding people of death. See what he said:
“It’s so peaceful here, so crazy out there, hummmmmmm
Time for your meditation fada
I see tomorrow in my Casket.”
8. He got married at 19 and since then, he has been married Trice
Charles has failed time and again when it comes to his marital life. As a result of his incessant love affairs, his mum talked him into getting married at the age of 19. His first two marriages failed before he met and married Lady Diana, an African-American singer and former fashion designer who is still sticking on to him and doesn’t look like she’ll quit; the marriage being 37 years old now and also seeing the similarities between the couple.
9. Charlie Has no Regrets – His Achievements
He even boasts to be better than most men of God. The Area father expresses great satisfaction and fulfillment in almost every area of his life. His career, love and family life, etc. All the marriages and affairs produced 9 children and 14 grand children, and his first son is about 46 years old now. Charly Boy is the owner of New Waves Productions and publisher of ‘The Charly Boy Magazine’ which he launched in 2010 and writes for regularly. He has the following TV series and shows to his credit – The Charlie Boy Show, The Charlie boy Kiddies Show, Zoom Time, Nigerian Idol.
10. He has 14 Grand Children
Out of these 14 are a set of unique and identical twins who at their very tender age have turned wave-making celebrities. See them below.
If you know any other Nigerian musician that’s more weird than Charlie Boy, please do well to let us know about him in the comment session below.