by Hauwa Gambo
Staying true to his label as Area Fada, Charles ‘Charly Boy’ Oputa took to the streets early October in search of his very own street idol.
As expected, there was a massive crowd waiting to be auditioned. It was made up of the most unlikely talents but in Lagos, this was just another day in Ikeja. Commercial motorcycle operators (okada riders) desperately in need of a career change gathered to participate in the street talent show hoping this time around their voices not their horns would earn them a living.
Seated at the judges’ desk positioned in a corner by the road was the ‘Area Fada’ himself screaming out orders the way it done on the streets representing the Lagos capital. No doubt, the Nigerian Idol judge was clearly in his elements as he went in search of what he called the first ever Street Idol in honour of “his people”. He was not disappointed and neither were spectators; from a dancing LAWMA official, to rappers and even a stripper Okada rider. This was a sight to behold.
Chary Boy who joined in performing with some of the aspirants encouraged the crowd to cheer. After making his first selection, he opened the final decision making to the public who picked their favourite singer and dancer. The favourites in each of these categories received $100 cash prize each from Charly Boy.