Charly Boy, showbiz maverick, turns 64, warns against smoking, drinking



Nigeria’s all time showbiz star, Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, on Friday, said smoking and drinking were not part of his lifestyle.

Charly Boy, who clocked 64 on Friday, said this in an exclusive interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

The maverick, who spoke on his lifestyle said, “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke and I don’t abuse my body.

“I also engage in regular bodily exercise and this keeps me smart and healthy.

“I know that this may be hard for some persons to believe, but one does not need those things to aspire as an artiste.

“I stopped drinking and smoking so many years ago.

“My father never smoked nor drink and he lived very healthy for well over 90 years, and that is how I planned to live.’’

Charly Boy said abstinence from alcohol and other abusive substances was the secret to his fitness.

He explained further that being focused, resilient and disciplined were among the attributes that kept him over the years amidst constant criticisms.

“It is my focus, determination and discipline that has kept me this far.

“I believe that things should be done in the new way and people should break away from the primitive ways of doing things.

“And I always stand for what I believe.

“Trying to impress others and the pressure of paying attention to peoples’ opinion are some of the things that break down people very early in life.

“I am not under any pressure, so I look very strong and younger than my age.’’

Charly is known for his preferences for make-up, braided hairstyles, tattoos, heavy jewelries and piercings.


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