I paved the way to half the money in the music industry in Nigeria – Charly Boy
Sep. 22 (THEWILL) – Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, the singer, says he is responsible for half of the big money in the Nigerian music industry.
A lot of music is created every year in the Afrobeats genre, with new artists frequently joining the bandwagon. Critically acclaimed Nigerian hitmakers strike deals with major labels and win prestigious awards.
In an interview with TVC, Charly Boy said he led the defense of Indigenous artists when the local music industry was invaded by foreign elements amid what he called the “disrespect” of the community of businesses.
“I may sound a little arrogant saying this. But I’m responsible for half of the things you see now, the big money in this industry. I remember a time when the Nigerian company was disrespectful to my colleagues.
“There has been this influx of foreign artists to the detriment of Nigerian artists. It was I who resisted all that. I fought them and got a lot of beatings for it, as usual. The story of my life.
“Everything that comes from Africa is not marketed as it should be. Back when I was president of PMAN, I always said I could give you 20 on my street for every Micheal Jackson there was.
“I knew the power of my colleagues; abundant talent. Now see what happens. We are the first in music. We are champions of technology and sport. Some young people are in the country and earn their money in dollars.
Charly Boy, born Charles Oputa, has been a singer-songwriter, television presenter, editor and producer.
He is best known for his alternative lifestyle, political views and media productions including The Charly Boy Show.
The controversial singer served as president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN.