#UrbanNGWeekly (Episode 3) : Charly Boy Biography

#UrbanNGWeekly (Episode 3) : Charly Boy Biography

Charly Boy, born Charles Chukuwuemeka Oputu, 19 June 1951 ( can also be spelt Charlie Boy also recognized as CB, His Royal Punkness, and Area Fada), is a Nigerian singer/songwriter, TV presenter, publisher, producer and one of Nigeria’s most controversial entertainers, top notorious for his marginal lifestyle, political views, and media productions, most notably The Charly boy Show. He has been head of the Performing Musicians relationship of Nigeria, and in 2011 an Idol Series judge.

Charly Boy
Birth name Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa
Born 19 June 1951 (age 67)
Genres Pop, Afrobeat, highlife
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, journalist, Idol Series judge, Producer
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Diane ‘Lady Di’ Oputa, Duchess Maria, Dr. Alban


The second child of formal Supreme Court judge Chukwudifu Oputa, Oguta-native Charly boy natural into a Catholic household, and is the cousin of Swedish musician Dr. Alban. As he frequently refused to expose his go out with of birth in interviews, his grow old remained unheard of until 2011 once he celebrated his sixtieth birthday, however, in his normal inscrutable character, he announced his 63rd birthday on 19 June 2013, building his become old a contentious one.

He had set out to become a priest, but left seminary school after a year. In his late teens he moved to America where he was expected to study Law as his father had done, but graduated with a degree in Communications.


#UrbanNGWeekly (Episode 3) : Charly Boy Biography


Although Charly Boy had released a highlife album in 1982 (he was nearly denied a record deal due to his unconventional appearance until he was introduced to managing director Ton Seysener, with whom he would later on closely work together in realizing the musical beach extravaganza Lekki Sunspalsh.) He attained greater success with the 1985 Polygram Nigeria release of Nwata Miss, which included the 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 caused national controversy, and 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.
In recent years, Charly Boy has worked on several collaboration 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“.


In Fact, Charly Boy life has been very controversial but we will be writing about one of the most memorable controversial he. Happen to be included,  It happen in 2010 when he was interviewed by E 24-7magazine alongside equally maverick Channel O presenter Denrele
The article, which was captioned “Yes, I Love Denrele” featured photographs which saw the pair in a number of suggestive poses including what appeared to be a passionate kiss. As homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria, the pictures sparked rumours that they were a gay couple, a claim they continue to deny, stating that the pictures were for publicity.


Charles ‘Oputa’ Boy, currently launch a campaign for the return or resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Doing one of the protest rally Charly Boy  was attacked by angry protesters who are believed to be supporters of the president of Nigeria

The musician and his fellow campaigners where also attacked last week by security officials who dispersed them violently from the Unity fountain, also in Abuja.
“Charley Boy came to this market with some cameramen doing his protest here.
“I was standing in front of my shop when I saw him running for his dear life, being chased by those youth,” a trader at the market said.

“They nearly lynched him, because those youth almost overpowered police security near him.”
The musician was rescued by security operatives who fired gunshots and tear-gas to disperse the crowd” One of the Onlookers narrated

Personal life

Contrary to popular belief Charly Boy is not gay. He has been married to African-American singer and former fashion designer Diane for over thirty years. The couple have children together, and Charly Boy – who had been married before – has children from past relationships.

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