Nigerian musician and social activist, Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy, has married his American partner, Diane, after 40 years together.
Charly Boy and Diane exchanged marriage vows on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Chapel of Sisters of Jesus the Redeemer Catholic Church in Gwarimpa, Abuja.
The wedding was officiated by Bishop Mathew Kukah, the Catholic bishop of the dioceses of Sokoto, and had in attendance close friends and relatives of the couple, including the aged mother of Charly Boy.
Also in attendance was Cardinal John Onaiyekan, the archbishop of the dioceses of Abuja.
On the sidelines of the wedding, Charly Boy told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he and his wife decided to wed in church to honour his aged mother who had been “pleading that we do the right thing”.
According to him, he got married as a teenager in 1974, and got divorced after the union produced one child. He also said that the Catholic Church observed a strict marital doctrine. He said that:
“This is not that kind of marriage with fanfare; I am doing it to please my aged mother and meet certain demands of the society.
“She has been pleading that we do the right thing, saying this is the woman I have been living with for 40 years.
“We have been following through with the process of annulment of my last marriage, and my former wife who has since remarried cooperated very well, and then in 2017, the marriage was formally annulled.
“My mother actually got the wife for me at the age of 19 because I was a little rascally with women as a young man; she thinks it would curb my sexual excesses”.
Charlyboy, who is now 67, has nine children from different women. He also has 16 grandchildren.