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Charly Boy Speaks on Majek Fashek’s Struggle with Drug Addiction | Says Media is Partly to Blame



Charles and MajekVeteran Nigerian music superstar, Majek Fashek, is currently in rehab undergoing treatment for drug addiction. According to several news sources, Fashek is doing quite well, and responding positively to treatment.

One of his good friends, fellow entertainer, Charly Boy, recently weighed in on the state of Fashek’s health via the following article, which hit the Internet today. He expressed that the media is partly to blame:

The other day I was at the Rain Makers (Majek’s) press conference, a little anxious but mostly excited about the personal progress made so far in regards to his physical well being. Anxious if the press in firing questions at Majek were going to be kind this time around or insensitive to his situation.

The questions where mostly directed to Majek and my colleagues in the media were gentle,till one of them had to voice out what was probably on the minds of most of them.

Am seeing a different picture in front of me, and I am pleasantly shocked at the way you have answered all questions thrown at you. I came here expecting to meet someone incoherent, confused and off track, but am faced with someone who is not only articulate, but who understands what is happening to him and is desirous of a positive change. Im glad I came here today or I wouldn’t have believed this.

It was Majek’s answer that inspired this piece.

MAJEK: “When I first started my music career, the media played a massive role in making me the rain maker. Sadly, they have also been an instrument to my predicament. I have played with a lot of reputable international stars and done a lot of positive stuffs, but this was never reported by the media in Nigeria. As I struggled with my addiction, the media hyped my struggle and made me feel more worthless than I already felt, because of my botched contract with Island Records. I am hopeful that as I make this recovery journey, that you all will be kinder to me and report stories that would reflect my victory from my addiction”

Over the years I (CharlyBoy) have been called all sorts of names, ,but I no send and I didn’t back down. Some of us don’t have that tough skin. Intolerance is alive and well these days, and many of us are accustomed to thoughtlessly passing judgment or speaking negatively about someone we do not understand or things too deep for our minds to grasp. It is time we take care not to pass judgment on people who are challenged in one way or the other, and people who are simply different.

Nollywood movies are made to educate/entertain the masses, like the movie DRY. Fictional characters like CharlyBoy are created for the purpose of entertainment. Our entertainers, actors and actresses did not sign up to have thier real lives splashed all over the place. Watching a friend or yourself deal with a disfuntional marriage or going through serious challenges is heartbreaking, now, just imagine all of one’s fuckups plastered all over the papers for some Raz reporter’s screaming headline, because paper must sell. How would that make you feel? It is hard enough dealing with real life drama and these celebrities do not need to deal with it in front of a camera, or on the pages of the news paper. As for the need to write news about a “Public Figure”, how about using the media in making “Public Figures” accountable for our stolen wealth by slizzy yahoo yahoo politicians, priority.  Report about someone that has the power to effect change on real issues in our environment, I’m still waiting for The Change. Abegi, free me joor.

Finally I want to use this space to say a big thank you to all the people, who contributed in cash, time and the show of love and support to our beloved Majek. special thanks to Monica Omorodion I was recruited by her into this campaign, to Dr Vincent for going beyond the call of duty, to my man Black Rice for being a friend indeed, and to our main man Chief Ayiri for picking up all the bills. May the good Lord bless each and everyone for your support and kindness. It is well.

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  1. Beeeee

    August 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Nigerians sha, When Majek was being mocked a few months ago and being abused on the streets, how many of his fellow entertainers spoke up for him? Now a good samaritan has picked him up and has taken him to rehab, people are coming out to identify with him. Abegi. Media is to blame kwa. I wish Mr. Majek a full recovery. And to Chief Ayiri, may God bless you wherever you are for this kind gesture.

  2. chy

    August 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you Mr Charles Oputa.

    • Tosin

      August 19, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      thank you, same thing I was thinking. i’ve gotta learn to be kinder/gentler.

  3. Fabulous B

    August 19, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Amen. Jah has done it all… Don’t worry my friend (in Majek fashek voice). I can’t wait to have you my dear Super star, rarest.
    The other day my mom and I talked about him. She’s really worried about him. Have to update her on this gradual recovery of her music star. It’s so good to know this. Looking forward to buy tickets for your concert.
    GOD loves you much more

  4. charles

    August 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Like someone put a gun on Majek’s head coercing him to be an addict. . .Rubbish!

    • Eve

      August 19, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Ohhh shut up… Ppl go through things that eventually lead them down a part that they didn’t anticipate. If you have ever drank alcohol or gone through a bad experience in your life, then you have no right to judge Majek. We are soo harsh towards ppl in the limelight forgetting that they are humans just like us and aren’t perfect at all… Be a little bit more empathic, cos 1 day, life might decide to test you with some really hard situations…

    • Mannin

      August 31, 2015 at 11:40 am

      On point!

    • J

      August 20, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Charles, my dear, keep on living…by the time life is through with you, you’ll learn to hold your tongue if you have nothing good to say.

  5. lollyp

    August 20, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Very well said Eve …..well said.

  6. naveah

    August 20, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    to be quite honest, I’ve always thought part of Majek’s problem is spiritual. I know I know I know we love to blame juju for things but I have always thought that some people were probably not happy with his success and they made him vulnerable to the influence of bad people and substances. It’s just me and my perspective, I’m not saying it’s a fact o. Just speculating.

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