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 also known as Area Fada whose obscure lifestyle has gone beyond a mere joke, and can no longer be ignored.
Even if you have seen or heard about this musician of no comparison, there are a whole lot of things about him to be known and below are some of them.
Charly Boy Biography, Age
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.
His date of birth remained a bone of contention until 2011 when he celebrated his 60th birthday. He is the second son of Supreme Court Judge, Late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, a native of Oguta in Imo state of Nigeria.
He had set out to become a priest but left the seminary school after a year. Charly Boy was then sent off to the U.S to study Law as his father had done but instead of studying Law, he came back with a degree in Communications and delved into music in the craziest manner.
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.
He has been president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, and in 2011, an Idol Series judge.
Wife, Children, Grandchildren
Charles has failed time and again when it comes to his marital life. As a result of his incessant love affairs, his mother 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 on for close to four decades now.
The exact number of his children is not known but according to his wife, Lady Diana Charly already had seven children before they got married, she had two kids for him, this brings the number of his children to nine – that is the figure we can currently assure you of, although, some sites report that he has fourteen children.
The Area Fada himself, also reportedly has 14 grandchildren, out of them are identical twins who at their very tender age have turned wave-making celebrities. See them below.
Aside Area Fada, he is also Nicknamed His Royal Punkness – That’s a very strange choice for a nickname if you ask me.
He was sexually abused and lost his virginity before adolescence. According to him, he was sexually abused at a very tender age by his nanny and by age 12, he lost his virginity to a local whore who gave him his first STD.
These experiences gave rise to his promiscuous lifestyle.
He became a father at the age 16.
The extremity of his weird nature – He does his meditation in a coffin…according to him, meditating in a coffin is very peaceful. In his words: “I see tomorrow in my casket.”
Charly Boy 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 are not anything near saneness.
Charlie has no regrets, he even boasts to be better than most men of God. The Area Fada expresses great satisfaction and fulfilment in almost every area of his life. His career, love and family life, etc.
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.
He is also the convener of OurMumuDonDo Movement – which he claims to be a national reawakening social movement dedicated to promoting social justice, accountability, transparency, good governance, and engendering a new social order in Nigeria through sustained activism and a formidable coalition.