Charly Boy Biography: Age, First Wife, Wikipedia, Family, Songs, Height, State of Origin, Net Worth, Children, House, Cars, Father
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Charly Boy Biography
Charly Boy, born Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa, 19 June 1950 (also known as CB, His Royal Punkness, and Area Fada), is a Nigerian singer/songwriter, television presenter, actor, publisher, and producer.
One of Nigeria’s most controversial entertainers, he is best known for his alternative lifestyle, political views, and media productions, most notably The Charly Boy Show.
He has served as president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, and in 2011 was an Idol Series judge.
Early Life and Education
The second son of former Supreme Court Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, Oguta-native Oputa was born into a Catholic household, and is the cousin of Swedish musician Dr. Alban.
As he often refused to reveal his date of birth in interviews, his age remained unknown until 2011 when he celebrated his sixtieth birthday, however, in his usual enigmatic character, he announced his 63rd birthday on 19 June 2013, making his age a contentious one.
Although he describes his parents as liberals who always encouraged their children to express themselves freely, Oputa has also spoken of their conservative nature.
He originally aspired to become a priest, but left seminary school after a year. In his late teens he moved to America where he attended college, graduating with a degree in Communications.
Charly Boy Career
Oputa entered the music industry in 1982, and in 1984 independently released the highlife single Obodo GiriGiri.
In 1985 was nearly denied a record deal with Polygram Nigeria due to his unconventional appearance until he was introduced to managing director Ton Seysener who signed him, and Nwata Miss was released.
Towards the late eighties Oputa, with the help of stylist and fellow singer/songwriter Tyna Onwudiwe, created a new punk persona consisting of leather jackets and boots, powerbikes, mohawks, and a new direction in music, combining African pop and Afrobeat.
A pioneer in Nigeria’s short-lived punk movement, he soon earned the unofficial title His Royal Punkness, and renamed his Lagos residence The Punk Palace.
Oputa’s most popular album was 1990 released in 1988 – 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 Oputa 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 Oputa was credited with using his music to stand up to his government, a lá Fela Kuti.
Oputa would also collaborate with Seysener to establish the annual beach concert Lekki Sunsplash.
In recent years, Oputa 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”.
Odudubariba is a song inspired by his role he played in King of Boys: The Return of the King.
Charly Boy’s most popular television series was The Charly Boy Show – a weekly sketch/variety show with political undertones, and featured music, comedy, and celebrity appearances.
Key segments included This Is Not The News (A satirical news bulletin lampooning celebrities), Mama and Papa Nothing Spoil (A bickering elderly couple who provided comical answers to viewer’s questions) and Candid Camera.
It launched on NTA 2 Channel 5 Lagos, and was syndicated across other stations across the country.
Among the cast were Charly Boy’s wife Diane Oputa, actress Stella Damasus, Mercy Oyebo, singing duo Tunde and Wunmi Obe, and actor Patrick Doyle. Charly Boy’s alter-ego Madam ZiZi (a drag character) and monologues which condemned the country’s dictatorship were also popular features.
Despite its popularity, The Charly Boy Show struggled with consistent sponsorship; Charly Boy would later ask celebrity friends to appeal for sponsors on-camera, without much success.
The show was cancelled in 2001 after ten years. In 2022, Charly Boy announced the show’s return.
The Charly Boy Kiddies Show was a short-lived spin-off of the original series which was aimed at children.
Although the show’s creator was a regular cast member, the main stars were children who auditioned to be part of the show.
It included segments from the original show including Candid Camera, this time performed by younger actors.
Like its predecessor, The Charly Boy Kiddies Show failed to gain sponsors, and was subsequently cancelled.
However, in 2010, Charly Boy established The Charly Boy Kiddies Affair in Abuja, which aimed to boost the potential of Nigerian children.
Zoom Time was a The Charly Boy Show politics spin-off co-presented by Charly Boy and Tunde Obe (the latter was also a cast member of The Charly Boy Show) which featured prominent politicians and military men.
Among those interviewed were former Nigerian president Ibrahim Babangida; this interview was among the most memorable in the history of the show.
Occasionally entertainers, like Regina Askia, were interviewed. The show was also famous for its gag which saw politicians pretend to ride an imaginary motorbike while imitating the sound of its exhaust pipe (“Zoom, zoom, zoom!”).
In 2011, Charly Boy replaced Audu Maikori as a judge on Nigerian Idol. Although his stint was a ratings success, viewers disapproved of his antics which included bringing his pet python to the judging table during the audition and a human skull to the live shows. As of 2013, Charly Boy is no longer involved with Nigerian Idol.
Also In 1996, Oputa starred in the Nollywood movie Backstab in which he played a gangster. In 2021 he appeared in King of Boys and Money Miss Road the following year.
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 has been married before – has children from past relationships.
Charly Boy Net Worth
Charly Boy is a Nigerian singer/songwriter, television presenter, actor, publisher and producer. He has an estimated net worth of $500,000.
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