I paved way for Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy and others – Charly Boy boasts
Veteran Nigerian singer, Charles Oputa, alias Charly Boy, says he paved ways for half of the big monies Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy and others are enjoying in the Nigerian music industry today.
The ‘area fada’ who stated this during an interview with TVC, claimed he led the defense for indigenous artistes when the local music industry was being overrun by foreign elements amid what he termed “the disrespect” from the corporate community.
“I may sound a little cocky saying this. But I’m responsible for half of the stuff that you see now, for the big money in this industry. I remember a time when corporate Nigeria was disrespecting my colleagues,” Charly Boy said.
“There was this influx of foreign artistes to the detriment of Nigerian artistes. I was the one who stood up to all of that. I fought them and got a lot of beating for that as usual. Story of my life.
“Anything coming from Africa is not being marketed as it should be. Back in the days as PMAN president, I always said I could give you 20 in my street for every Micheal Jackson there was.
“I knew the power my colleagues had; the abundant talent. Now, see what’s happening. We’re the first in music. We’re champions in tech and sports. Some young people are in the country making their money in dollars.”