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AREA FADA IDOL:CHARLY BOY DISCOVERS TALENT ON THE STREETS OF IKEJA


It was a spectacle never before seen under the bridge at Ikeja on Monday
October 7th as a crowd of onlookers - mainly commercial motorcycle
operators (*okada*) gathered to participate in what appeared to be a street
talent show. Seated at the judges' desk at a corner of the road and
shouting orders was none other than the 'Area Fada' himself, Charles
"Charly Boy" Oputa.

The Nigerian Idol judge was clearly in his elements as Area Fada as he
went in search of what he called the first ever Street Idol in honour of
"his people". He was not disappointed. There was no shortage of talent
waiting on the streets: from a dancing LAWMA official, to random singers
and rappers and even a stripper *Okada* rider.

In that atmosphere of non-stop entertainment for a large crowd of
onlookers, the down-to-earth star ensured that the crowd hailed every
single person that performed and then joined a few of the performances.
After making the first selection, Charly Boy let the crowd decide who the
winners of the competition were for the music and dancing categories
respectively. The three favourites in each of these categories received
$100 (per category) from him as cheers went up among the crowd. True to
form, after the unusual show, Mr. Oputa blazed off in dusty glory to cheers
of 'Area Fada!

Charly Boy was in Lagos as one of the judges on Season II of Nigerian
Idol. Alongside Yinka Davies and international choreographer and artiste
Jeffrey Daniels, they reviewed the thousands of young eager talent in an
incredibly long line at the Dream Studios in Lagos.

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