CHARLEY BOY WEDS LADY DIANE IN CHURCH TODAY AFTER 39 YRS OF MARRIAGE
Mr. Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charley Boy, today weds his wife Lady Diane in the church after 39 years of living together.
The church wedding of the maverick Nigerian entertainer and activist to Lady Diane will take place at the chapel of the Sisters of Jesus the Redeemer, Catholic Church, Gwarimpa, Abuja for Christian exchange of vows.
The ceremony which holds today, Saturday December 15, will be officiated by the Catholic clergy, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah and will have in attendance family members and close associates of the couple.
Mr. Oputa was first married to Stella at a Catholic Church in Onitsha in 1974. The relationship produced one child.
Based on the strict doctrine of the Catholic Church on marriage, it had not been easy for Mr. Oputa to get the approval of the church for the dissolution of his first marriage.
The Catholic Church observes a strict marital doctrine which demands that couples who contracted a marriage on the church must petition the Catholic Pontiff for an annulment if they wish to opt out of the union.
According to Oputa, “We have been following through with the process of annulment for sometime. My former wife who has since remarried cooperated very well. She had no objection. The reason I put forward for the annulment was that I was underage. My mother actually got the wife for me at the age of 19 because I was a little rascally with women. Getting me married at that age was supposed to curb my sexual excesses. “
Eager to correct her earlier decision of getting her son married at a tender age, Mr. Oputa’s 101 year-old mother is once again the reason he is contracting a church marriage to Lady Diane, who has three children with him.
“This is not that kind of marriage with fanfare. I am doing it to please my aged mother. She has been pleading that we do the right thing. This is a woman I have been living with for 40 years. We know each other well. This is about obedience to certain demands of the society. People wonder how I am able to live with one woman all these years. It is not that we do not have misunderstanding. Marriage is successful when you are able to manage your incompatibility. I saw my parents quarrel, reconcile, kiss and hold hands again. These are the values that have guided me in my relationship. “
The 62 years old Charly Boy has a total of nine children from different women but explains that “Lady Diane is now the mother of all my children. We have 16 grandchildren.”
He also hopes to convince his wife to ride with him in a tricycle to and from the church to underscore the low-key nature of the ceremony.