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Charles Oputa fondly referred to as Charly Boy is probably one of the most controversial and ‘ craziest ’ entertainers in the industry . Despite being above 60 , the singer has pulled some stunts younger artistes can only dream of doing . At a time , he posed nude even as a grandfather and he was unapologetic about his action .

For this reason , it came as a shock when the news went round that the singer had become ‘ born again. ’ In a chat with Saturday Beats , the singer who compared himself to Jesus Christ , said that he was shocked about the fuss especially online because he gave his life to Christ .

He was quick to add that he had always been a spiritual person who could have been a priest if he wanted to . “ God has been in my life ever since I was born and that is why I am alive till date . I have always gravitated towards spiritual things . It is not every time I go to church that it would be announced that I am born again; how many times would I be born again ? I have followed a very spiritual path as reflected in one of my articles titled , ‘ Like Jesus like Charly . ’

Jesus during his time was a revolutionary and most of his messages were not acceptable by all back then . Most of the people did not believe in him but he respected humanity. I have respected humanity as well especially in my generation through my consistency , tenacity and advocacy . There are a lot of young people that would have given up on life but because of me , they have stuck to their dreams and ambitions in life .

“ I was happy that I went to a place where I was not seen as Charly Boy but a human being and I was accepted for who I am . Although I have always tongue – lashed religious leaders because I feel that corruption has got into the church on a grand scale , I also know that there are a few that stand out .

 

The church where I re- dedicated my life to Christ is one of those churches because of their outreach programmes and the number of young people that they have empowered . These are the things that spoke to me and made me resolve to go to the church. The young people that I am looking for are all in the churches . ”

He was quick to add that being born again would not stop him from doing what he needs to do even if people see it as being ‘ crazy ’ . “What is wrong with being crazy ? If people cannot separate entertainment from spirituality , is it my fault ? Their opinions cannot guide me .

 

There are facts and truths ; the fact is that I have always been a spiritual person . The people who really know me are aware that the first 25 years of my life was dedicated to God; I went for morning mass every morning , I attended catechism classes, bible studies , I was an altar boy and I also spent a year in the seminary, so what is the fuss about me giving my life to Christ ?

 

People are confusing my publicity stunts with my spirituality and that ’ s their business . That shows where their head is but I am not worried. People also forget that my father was a knight in the church. I come from a very spiritually orientated family but it is people that do not know anything that would make a big fuss out of the news . ”

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BON Commiserates With Baba Sala’s Family, Names Comedy Award Category After Him

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Following last week’s death of iconic Nigerian comedian, dramatist and filmmaker, Moses Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala, the Best Of Nollywood Awards, BON has renamed its comedy category after the late legend.

A statement by the Head of the Best of Nollywood Jury, Niran Adedokun explained that the award will “henceforth be known as the Moses Adejumo Comedy of the Year Award in recognizing the contributions that the late veteran artiste made to the development of comedy in Nigeria.

Adedokun , who noted that Bala Sala was a total performer whose early investments in the alongside many of his contemporaries laid the foundation for the increasingly growing entertainment industry.

“Being Nigeria’s leading homegrown and home focused movie awards, the Best of Nollywood Awards honours the memory of this great man and have decided to name our comedy awards after him. It is the least that we can do as a Nigerian award even though we understand that he deserves much more and hope that our government will consider immortalizing him in some way, the statement offered.

He expressed the condolences of the organisers of the award to the Adejumo family urging them to take solace in the enviable legacy of the late filmmaker who started his career in show business as a highlife musician in 1964 with a group known as the Federal Rhythm Dandies and was noted to have tutored and guided the Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade, who was his lead guitarist at the time.

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BREAKING: Veteran Comedian, Baba Sala, Is Dead

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Veteran comedian, Moses Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala, is dead, The PUNCH is reporting.

According to the newspaper, Adejumo, who hails from Ilesa in Osun State, died on Sunday night at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Annex (Wesley Guild Hospital) in Ilesa.

His Media Assistant, Isaac Haastrup, confirmed the development to The PUNCH in a telephone interview.

Hastrup said: “Baba has died.

“He died some minutes to 10pm on Sunday night.

“His remains had been taken to the morgue.

“He died of old-age related sickness.

“He came to church two Sundays ago and he was the one that said the benediction.

“Baba has gone to be with the Lord and he will be missed by many people, including his fans.”

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BON Awards 2018 Gets Date, Announces October 29 for Host State, Nominees Unveiling

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Best of Nollywood, BON Awards, the highly coveted award platform in Nollywood, has announced December 9, as the date for the 2018 edition of the ceremony, which also doubles as the celebration of a decade of the award ceremony, a press statement has revealed.

The statement was made public on Friday, September 28, and signed by the Chief Executive of BON, Seun Oloketuyi.

He revealed that the host state and unveiling of the 2018 nominees will be announced October, 29. Oloketuyi also assured that this years edition which is also the tenth year anniversary of the award will be the mother of all in Nollywood.

BON Awards is an annual film event presented by Best of Nollywood Magazine to honour outstanding achievements in the Nigerian Movie Industry.

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