Charly Boy's Opinion On Nigerian Entertainers Delving Into Politics
Considering the increasing number of Nigerian entertainers changing career to go into politics, many wonder if there is some kind of ulterior motive behind this new political ambition seen in Nigerian movie/music stars.
Charly Boy on the other hand, is not so impress about the situation. In an interview with the Nigerian Saturday, Punch, he said that those who ventured into politics are scared and uncertain about their future.
“I know that most of them are bad and they are people who have not nurtured themselves as leaders and are involved in politics because of the money they want to steal.”
To him it was very typical of them to join the bandwagon. “We are living in very hard times and however they think they can augment their source of livelihood; I understand some of these issues because our environment has become crazy and unpredictable whereby they do not know what is going to happen tomorrow," He added.
"I know to some people, they think politics is the way. Personally, I would never do that; I would never jump into something I know nothing about. We Nigerians are like ‘group-souls,’ meaning we just rush into what we see everybody going into.
“Whether we can go through that route or not is irrelevant; but because everybody is going through it, we just want to be a part of it. It is also known as the ‘bandwagon syndrome.’
“That is not my template of doing things, anybody that knows me know that I don’t venture into things others are doing. I don’t follow the bandwagon and that is why I do not see myself venturing into politics and I have a little disrespect for politicians.
Charly's candid opinion on entertainers venturing into politics is that, it's "uncool." Considering the fact that many of these entertainers are only interested in the financial benefits that they stand to gain as politicians, but he said he is not trying to come across as being a 'hater' because he himself is not perfect. "I pray and hope that they can make it because there is nowhere that is easy,” and that it all bore down to the fact that entertainers have no protection for their intellectual property.
His advise to them though, is that they should understand that polititics is a dirty game and the art of treachery because the political sphere is filled with backstabbers.
He said, “The only way you can enter into politics is if you have some treachery in you because most politicians are treacherous. They are not people of integrity; so if an artiste wants to venture into that field, he better be armed with that art of treachery, and if he does not have it, he cannot survive because that is what Nigerian politics is all about."
Charly Boy also 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 alternative lifestyle, biker style, political views, and television productions, most notably The Charly Boy Show.
He is the son of former Supreme Court judge Chukwudifu Oputa (Late). CB has been president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, and in 2011 an Idol Series judge.
He has been in the Nigerian music scene for over 38 years has frowned on the trend.