Charles Oputa, the veteran Nigerian singer and activist, who is also known as Charly Boy, had told his fans and social media followers about his battle with prostate cancer, sometimes ago.Now, in an interview with Saturday Beats, he has stated that being open about the issue helped him.He said, “I do not hide myself. If something is bothering me, I will shout, so that everyone can hear me. A problem shared is half solved.“It was as a result of speaking with people who had experienced it that I figured that I had to do something about it. The problem actually started three years ago. I sought medical help and I met a Nigerian doctor in London, United Kingdom, who specialises in treating the ailment. When he told me that he would come to Nigeria, I had to do the surgery here. I thank God it was successful. I am still recovering though.”Charly Boy, who is the son of a late Supreme Court Justice, Chukwudifu Oputa, noted that he was encouraged by the love he got from his family and friends.He said, “I learnt that family and friends are vital in everybody’s lives. My children are not kids anymore, and they are now like my friends. I know I am loved, but it was a time I felt special. For everyone who was there for me, may God bless them. Nigeria has dealt with me. However, my fallback has always been my family and friends. Family is my resting place. That is why I am an expert in preserving myself. I do not overwork myself.“My father taught me the act of simple living. I am content; not because I have it all but because I am grateful for the little I have. I maintain my lane and I do not put my eyes in what others have. Thankfully, no one can also describe me as ‘broke’. I manage my life well; I am content and fulfilled.”The septuagenarian also noted that he was no longer as active in activism as he used to be. He added, “The only thing I do now is talk, advice, motivate and inspire young people.“I believe a better Nigeria is possible. Why should I give up on the country? Look at what has happened to our country in the last eight years. Everything has been so bastardised.“I hear about the ‘japa’(relocation) syndrome but where does someone like me want to ‘japa’ to? If I relocate, what kind of job would I do? Our best brains are relocating in large numbers. The people still making the country proud are the exceptional youths. So, I have faith in them. I have been in this freedom struggle for the past 40 years. If I have not inspired people, what is my gain? I have maintained that the salvation of this country lies in the hands of exceptional people.”
Ilebaye wins Big Brother Naija All Star Season
Ilebaye has emerged winner of 2023 Big Brother Naija All Star Season defeating Mercy Eke; the first runner up, to win the N120 million naira cash prize among others.
The 2023 All Star finalist were Ilebaye; winner, Mercy Eke; first runner up, Ceec; second runner up, Adekunle; third runner up, Cross and Pere.
Ex-wife asked me to choose between her and Mohbad – Late singer’s father
Joseph Aloba, the father of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, better known as Mohbad, has said his ex-wife, who happens to be Mohbad’s first stepmom, once asked him to choose between Mohbad and her.
Aloba said this while clarifying Mohbad’s lyric in the song, “Sorry”.
Aloba, while shedding more light on the lyrics, disclosed that his relationship with her was complicated.
He stated that his decision to choose Mohbad over her led to her packing out from the family.
“The stepmother told me one day, ‘Choose me or your son.’ I chose my son (Mohbad) and she packed her loads and left. I and the lady were together for more than seven years. I married her around 2005. That stepmother did not want me to send Mohbad to school, and I chose my son. And she decided to leave,” Aloba said while speaking exclusively with Saturday PUNCH.
Mohbad died at the age of 27, on September 12 and was buried the next day.
Circumstances leading to his death have yet to be unraveled. However, the Lagos State Police Command has begun an investigation into the case.
Veteran actor Suara Is dead
Veteran Nollywood actor Oluyemi Lawrence Adeyemi popularly known as Suara, is dead.
The actor, according to a statement signed by his son, Adedotun Adeyemi, died on Sunday, September 24.
“It is with a heavy heart but with total submission to God that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, Oluyemi Lawrence Adeyemi (Suara), who went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 24, 2023.
“We are consoled because we know that he has gone to rest. We kindly request that the family be allowed some privacy in this time of grief. More details about the burial will be communicated soon.”
Adeyemi rose to fame with his role in the 2001 Wale Adenuga hit series, ‘Super Story.’
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