Abuja – Charles Oputa, popularly called by his stage name, ‘Charlie Boy’, Wednesday marked 37 year old of marital bliss with his wife ‘Lady D’, calling it a blessing and a lesson for others.
The 64 year old musician and entertainer who stated this during a talk hosted by the Rotary Club of Asokoro District 9125 meeting held at Chelsea Hotel, in Abuja, noted that while it is difficult to find a perfect partner in marriage, “it is always better to tolerate and endure as nobody is perfect.”
“I have been married for 37 years and I must say that, though it is not easy, I am still enjoying it. Marriage management requires tolerance, patience and endurance because it is very difficult to find a perfect partner for marriage.
“When a married partner sees the other as a subject or subordinate, then there is bound to be misunderstanding.”
Charlie boy who is also said longevity runs in his family as his grandfather lived up to 120 years. He said his father died at the age of 97, while his 94 years old his still kicking strong.
He disclosed that he had quit alcohol, smoking and does not do drugs or abuse his body anymore, contrary to the perception of many persons in the society.
“I don’t abuse my body anymore; I don’t do casual sex, I have quit smoking, alcohol but I do a lot of exercise. I am 63 years old and have nine children and 14 grandchildren,” he stressed.
“Charlie Boy is different from Charles Oputa and his practice of Buddhism has helped him have peace of mind and containment in life,” he noted.
“I am a spiritual person and that is what made me stay grounded as a father and a husband. Through Buddhism, I have learnt to be contented. Charlie Boy does not come to my house, he doesn’t live with me. It is just a character.”
He also revealed that though he and his late father never got along, he believed in freedom.
Oputa said God has blessed everyone with a talent and therefore parents should not compel their children to adopt a lifestyle contrary to their belief.
“God has given everybody something; you have to look for it. I am an advocate of allowing children to grow the way they want but with guidance so they do not lose track of what they want to be.
“I always want to do what I think it’s right and also add value to my environment,” he added.
Earlier, the district president, Rotarian Ogechukwu Ochuba, eulogized and appreciated the entertainer noting that the talk was inspiring and beneficial to his club members.