Musician and social activist, Charly Boy recently said:
“Being married to the same person for almost 38 years has thought me that marriage is no ‘moimoi’, neither is it beans and rice.
“Both parties must work at it daily and must give their best every day forever.
“I may be old/new school, but I still believe in family and marriage.
“I believe that every human being is created to have a desire to be married, though some have a desire to be single.’’
“The kind of stories and complaints I have received since I started this counseling within a week are incredible.
“I gave my number out to the public, and I have not rested since then.
“This shows that many marriages are in crisis and need urgent attention to prevent imminent breakup,’’
The “Area Fada” who has been married to the same woman for almost 40 years, disclosed on Wednesday that he has decided to dedicate part of his life to saving marriages especially those of young people and celebrities.
“If you are having challenges in your marriage, and you really want to stay married but need to talk to someone to share your problems with, you can call on me.
“I swear, I am very saddened how the marriage institution is going down the drain these days.
“Young people are no longer responsible or disciplined enough to stick to relationships.
“The average marriage now for young people last four years and this is very sad.
“I fear that in the next five years, marriage as we know it may become old fashioned”.
Charly Boy said he was particularly moved to offer voluntary counseling because of the high rate at which young marriages especially that of celebrities were crashing.
“I was moved by the prevalent marital crisis and breakups among our young celebrities, especially the very recent one between singer Tiwa Savage and her husband, Tee Billz.
“Why should they wash their dirty linens in the public, when they can settle their matters in the bedroom.
Charly Boy, however, identified tolerance, character and friendship as important ingredients that could sustain marital relationships.
“Marriage, like I keep saying, is how we maturely deal with our incompatibility rather than our compatibility. “It is not lack of love, but lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
“Besides, whether or not a young couple stays together often depends on why they got married in the first place.
“You can’t have a healthy marriage with unhealthy habits, for me and my wife, we are committed to managing each other, because the devil we know is better than the angel to come.’’
The controversial entertainment maestro is married to his American wife, Diane. They have four daughters as well as grandchildren together.
Charly Boy got married to Diane after two previous marital flings starting from when he was 19. He fathered a son with another woman at the age of 16.
His three marital encounters has produced nine children and 14 grand children.