Charly Boy recounts ordeal with prostate cancer

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.”

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