Happy Birthday to His Royal Punkness, Charlie Boy.
Charly Boy – born Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa (also spelt Charlie Boy and known as CB, His Royal Punkness, and Area Fada)- is a Nigerian singer/songwriter, television presenter, publisher, producer and one of Nigeria’s most controversial entertainers, best known for his maverick lifestyle, biker style, political views, and his television productions, most notably The Charly Boy Show. Formerly president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, he is now an Idol Series judge.
The second son of former Supreme Court judge Chukwudifu Oputa, Oguta-native Charly Boy 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. Although he has described his parents as friends who always encouraged their children to speak and say what they had in mind, Charly Boy has also spoken about their conservative nature. 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.
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.