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Netizens slam Charly Boy over comment on Soyinka’s mental health

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By Francesca Hangeior

Veteran singer and social activist, Charles Oputa, aka Charly Boy, has come under fire following his comment questioning the mental health of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.

Charly Boy in a post on his X and Instagram handle on Monday advised Nigerians to approach the statements and actions of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka with caution.

He said Soyinka might be experiencing brain deterioration due to his old age, noting that this could be influencing Soyinka’s recent rhetoric and behaviours.

He expressed his worries about the inability of Soyinka’s family and close associates to protect him from opportunistic politicians.

He also emphasised the importance of vigilance among concerned Nigerians to prevent the exploitation of Soyinka’s health condition for political purposes.

“Prof. Wole Soyinka is aged over 80yrs even tending towards 90yrs. For his age, some level of brain deterioration is not unexpected. His rhetorics and actions in recent times are suggestive of deteriorating brain disease, and as such he shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

“What we should be worried about as well-meaning Nigerians, is how his family and close friends can’t ward off agents of desperate politicians who are bent on exploiting his medical situation to their advantage, no matter how low it sinks the once respected Nobel laureate,” Charly Boy wrote.

This, however, did not sit well with netizens who felt the statement was insulting.
An Instagram user #Phorlarjuwon questioned Charly Boy’s contribution to the nation’s development.

Phorlarjuwon said, “As a lost man that you are, I think you can do better man than this…As a manwoman, what have you personally contributed to the betterment of the nation? I guess nothing. I didn’t think you have affected this nation in any positive way. Now we know who needs to visit a physician. How the opinion of another man became your problem because you don’t share the same perspective is what exposes how disordered your mental is. People who assume you will influence their life in a positive way need to see a physician as well.”

Another user, #Vesterz011 wrote, “I hope when you get to that age, you actually handle this kind of message, Bcus its definitely coming back.”

On X.com, #Quakes9ja, who tweets anonymously as Kweku Elenitoba-Johnson, wrote, “Address the man’s claims first before you rain abuse on him.”
Another follower said, “I think you could have made your point without insults, people look up to you. I believe we can de-escalate a volatile situation if we really want to keep our eyes on the ball, but to start speaking on people’s mental health with backhanded compliments isn’t savoury. Politics is planning and strategy, social media insults would achieve that. People listen to you, mobilise them in a way that works, and votes will not be counted based on social media insults and posts. Peace.”

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Why I hid my illness for 17 years – Celine Dion

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Canadian singer, Celine Dion, has made a shocking revelation about her health, sharing that she has been living with Stiff Person Syndrome for 17 years.

In an interview with Hoda Kotb on the Today Show, the Canadian singer opened up about her secret struggle with the rare neurological disorder.

Dion revealed that she began experiencing symptoms in 2008 but didn’t disclose her diagnosis until 2022.

She revealed that she was secretly battling the illness while managing her late husband, Rene Angelil’s cancer battle and raising their children.

She shared that she was driven to speak out about her illness because keeping it hidden from her fans and loved ones had become a heavy burden.

Celine Dion remains determined to continue performing, vowing to return to the stage, even if she has to “crawl” or use her hands to communicate.

She said: “We did not know what was going on [with me]. I did not take the time… I should have stopped, took the time to figure it out.

“And like it wasn’t enough, my husband as well is fighting for his own life. I had to raise my kids, I had to hide, I had to try to be a hero – while feeling my body leaving me,’ she continued. ‘[I was] holding on to my own dreams.”

Dion’s journey with Stiff Person Syndrome is documented in her upcoming documentary, “I Am: Celine Dion,” set to release on June 25.

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Rapper Nicki Minaj sparks divorce rumors after posting cryptic ‘single’ tweet.

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Nicki Minaj has sparked divorce rumors after posting a cryptic single tweet.

The 42-year-old American rapper, who wed high school sweetheart Kenneth Petty in 2019, took to X on Monday to share the cryptic tweet ‘yes single.’

The tweet made fans to question whether the rapper was addressing her relationship status or hinting at new music.

‘So are we getting a new single or are you single,’ one fan asked, as another shared: ‘We love you no matter what, idc if you’re single or dropping a new single.’

Yet another congratulated Nicki on her apparent self-promotion tactic, posting, ‘Dear rap girlies , this is how you pull a PR stunt. literally two words and she ate.’

The post comes after her husband Kenneth petitioned a court to approve him leaving the U.S. in April, as he remains on probation for his 2021 conviction of failing to register as a sex offender.

Petty, 46, stated in court documents reviewed by TMZ that it’s crucial for him to join Nicki on her European Pink Friday 2 tour to accompany their three-year-old son.

The probation officer overseeing Petty’s case, stemming initially from his first-degree attempted rape conviction in April 1995, ‘hasn’t raised any objections to his travel request,’ the outlet reported, citing court docs.

Petty made headlines last September when he received a 120-day house arrest sentence for violating probation after posting social media clips containing aggressive messages towards Migos rapper Offset.

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American Singer Ray Cyrus Files For Divorce 7 Months After Wedding

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American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus has filed for divorce from his wife Firerose 7 Months after the wedding.

Billy is asking the court to grant him an outright annulment, claiming the marriage was obtained by fraud. TMZ also reported that Billy has given Firerose a deadline of May 24 to get out of their house as he’s currently putting up $500/night over a period of ten days for temporary housing.

In court documents obtained by the publication, Billy said he would pay Firerose $5,000/month for her to obtain suitable housing in Tennessee for 90 days, or until the divorce is finalized, whichever occurs first.

He listed their date of separation as May 22, 2024. He also cited irreconcilable differences as well as “inappropriate marital conduct” as reasons for divorce.

The divorce marks the end of Billy Ray’s third marriage. He was married to Cindy Smith from 1986 until 1991 when they divorced. His second wife is Tish Cyrus, and they were married for 3 decades and had three kids together. Tish filed for divorce in April 2022.

Billy Ray and Firerose got engaged in August ’22, having met back in the day on the set of “Hannah Montana.” They also released music together in ‘2021, and in October 2023 they got hitched.

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