Entertainer and activist, Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has emphasised the importance of men putting aside their pride and openly discussing the health challenges they may be facing.
Some time back, the seasoned singer and advocate had shared with his fans and social media audience his struggle against prostate cancer. He ultimately underwent a successful surgery and then marked the occasion with a thanksgiving celebration.
In an interview with ARISE NEWS on Friday, Charly Boy said that many individuals believe that following such a procedure, one loses the ability to use their “manhood,” and they would prefer to die than to have their “manhood” cease to function.
He said, “Men should be more open about the problems they are going through.”
Charly Boy remarked that there is a prevalent sense of depression in the society at the moment due to the fact that things are not as they ought to be.
He said, “Men should confide in their fellow men because you never know who has been through all of this and who can give you some encouraging words.
“I know what is killing a lot of us men is our ego problem.”
“The good thing about being open about whatever you are going through is that you might get in the ear of somebody who can help you.”
He recounted that after noticing signs of unwellness, he sought out medical assistance and encountered a specialist Nigerian doctor in London, who was proficient in addressing his health condition.
Additionally, he mentioned that after his surgery, men contacted him to inquire about their concerns, and he was able to provide them with valuable information, assisting many of them effectively.
He identified the fact that many men often choose to keep their struggles with prostate enlargement hidden and do not openly discuss it.
“A lot of us, once you pass the age of 60, you’re liable. I know that one out of every four men go through this,” Charly Boy stated, “so the best thing is to have regular check ups, at least once a year.”
When asked about whether his health issues might impact his activism, he expressed that his energy is rather at a good level, and he doesn’t intend to protest indefinitely.
Instead, he plans to step back somewhat and maintain a role as a guiding figure, which he referred to as an “area fada,” to motivate and steer the young men he mentors toward leadership.
He emphasised, “I can’t be protesting till I’m 80 because we are talking about young people taking over.
“There are younger people who can do way better than I did, and that is what I expect from them.
“I’m happy that I see some rising consciousness, especially among the young people.”
He expressed that the youth in Nigeria possess both the numerical advantage and intellectual prowess, and he holds a strong belief in “the Nigerian exceptional youth.”