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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"I'm the female version of my dad" - Dominique Oputa says

Dominique Oputa is the last child of the areafada himself, Charly Boy. She currently lives in Atlanta where she's studying Fashion and Design in the University of Arts Institute. Her dream is to become a famous designer some day. Like her famous dad, Dominique has tattoos and piercings and is very fearless. In this interview with New Wave Productions, she talks about her life in the US, her father and his influence in her life. See it after the cut...



Are you happy to be home; would you settle in Nigeria or you would finally settle abroad?
This will always be home for me, at least, it’s comforting to know one is with family, and I am glad to be home. I missed home, mum and dad. Things may not be what it should be, but home is it. There were too many things I took for granted before I left, but now I know better. When I’m done with schooling, I will be back home, to do my own thing too, even though, the weather is killing me right now”.

 You are a child of two different cultures, how do you cope?
                                                                                                                                                                  When I was home, I grew up fast; I had that independent spirit, so I’m coping real good. I am working now and schooling, I simply just thank God. Growing up with my parents kept me on the straight and narrow path, trust Dad, we all know how strict he gets sometimes, although I am old enough, I guess in his eyes, I will forever remain his baby. However growing up in Nigeria, prepared me for my independence. Nigerian children are more grounded than the Americans. We mature quicker and early enough to start taking responsibilities.

You look so much like your father in looks and style, is this deliberate?
I think I’m just the female version of my dad, we are just the same pretty much, I guess I caught his cold after years of being around him. I have always admired him for his freedom and his tenacity at a time when it was taboo to look that way. In my case, the whole thing just grew on me.
I don’t do all I do because I am trying to be like my dad. I am just Dominique, even though I wear tattoos and have piercings, but it’s just because I love them, not because I got influenced by my dad. There are many people who do this stuff, not because anyone, but because they are just comfortable that way.
What’s is your choices of career, and what influence does your dad have regarding that?
I want to be a designer and a stylist. I am like my mother in that regards. I like to make things, and I’m good with my hands too. As long as you walk that positive part and observe dad’s little rules, you are free to express yourself any which way creatively. Knowing the battle dad fought for his independence, it would be wrong for him to  remote us into something else that does not agree with our innate ability.
My dad didn’t influence my choice of career, it is just what I’ve always loved and desired to do. I have always had a love for fashion since I was in high school. I could say a little bit of influence as to his nature but not like I was pressured or told to do what I am doing now.

What is Charlyboy like as a father?                                                                                                                                                                          
Like any normal parent, always looking out for their children and wanting the best for them. Most of the time, he is easy with us, especially when we are good. However, sometimes he is a bit old fashioned and can be very strict.
Growing up, he was really strict but I actually understand now that I’m grown that he was just looking out for me. People see him differently on the outside but to be honest, he is really a cool guy. He really understands and I could tell him anything. He is like an elder brother or a friend. Yes, I’m very close to my dad.

We all know there is no smoke without fire. How weird is your father, is he as weird as it is made public…like sleeping in coffins, having pythons as pet and even that his sexuality is questionable?

Hahaha…my dad is an entertainer, that’s what he does for a living, and as an entertainer you would attract all sorts, good, bad, ugly. It is their stock in trade. At home, we don’t see any of this, it’s as normal as it could ever be, but I guess people confuse his life as Charlyboy with his life as Mr Oputa, they are two different entities. The man I know as my dad is Mr Charles Oputa.

Do you share intimate stuff with your dad?

Yeah, I share intimate stuff with him. Once, I had shared the story of the birds and the bees with him and it wasn’t funny, maybe the timing was wrong. But we are still very close and we talk pretty well. I don’t feel like I need to hide anything from him, I just feel like I am an open book.

Are your parents still together? What is their relationship like?
Yes, they are still together. Every relationship is hard; there needs to be collective efforts to make it work. I think they have had a cool relationship thus far, though, they have their bitter moments sometimes, but what they share is worth emulating, it’s kind of what I would like to have in future, with my husband whenever I marry.


What about your mum?
She is cool. I love her; she has always been there for me. We have a very good relationship.

What about all the funny stories about your dad, how does it affect you, how do you deal with that?

Some pictures came out some few months ago and I really didn’t know how to react to it then. I know who my father is, but sometimes, people’s ignorance and bad words can get to you. That is the  price we all have to pay, for being Charlyboys offspring; but on the whole, I am proud of where I am coming from. I have a thick skin now so nothing anybody writes gets to me again. I just tell myself, I know who this person is and I am not going to get upset over words. It is something I have gotten used to over the years, so it no longer bothers me when he does some weird stuff. Sometimes, it gets so annoying being his daughter because I don’t like so much attention focused on me, I hate crowd around me. I am glad he is my dad, but sometimes it’s way too much.

How does being Charlyboy’s daughter help you?

I’m proud of my name, but I don’t go about telling people that I’am Charlyboys daughter. I even hide that angle, because you want to know who your real friends are, not based on something else. I don’t think anyone of us wears it as a badge.  I love to be seen as Dominique, not as Charlyboy’s daughter. Though, I am independent, I still love my family’s name and no one can make me feel bad about it.

What do you feel about Nigeria’s economy right now?

Nigeria’s economy is very bad. I feel like nothing is going to work anymore, like when something is so damaged beyond repairs. Over there, they are so ignorant; they still feel Africa is a jungle. I am also scared of the Boko Haram insurgence in Nigeria, even though people die everywhere; Nigeria already has a bad name that generates gossips in other countries after a small strike.

What’s that one bad habit you picked up from your dad?

I easily get angry, even though I am calm and easy going; the slightest things get me angry. My dad is a little bit short fused, though age has mellowed him down some little, I think we all took that from him.

What are the positives you got from him?

We are very focused in anything we want to do, and I am sure, all of us have that fighting spirit, the never say die attitude. We are also people friendly.

Are you a Christian?

I am pretty much a Christian, but I am not a regular churchgoer. I don’t like being forced to go to church. I don’t feel good about the fact that I don’t go to church anyway. In our family, we are more spiritual than religious.

169 comments:

Anonymous said...

That line about being more spiritual than religious is a testament to the fact that you have spent years in the us . That said, she is pretty.

LawAbidingCitizen said...

Mstcheeeewwwww!!!

Nedu20 said...

someone should please summarize...
All these sermon na for wetin?

I even fine pass this one... Next story abeg

Anonymous said...

Rubbishhhhhhhh!

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

Its so forebodingly palpable! Like father, like daughter!

Cynthus said...

What's she n her dad doing in d 1st pics? See hw charlyboy b like corpse.lol... Babe sorry nor vex... You look gd anyways... Whateva

Anonymous said...

Nice choice of words..
She seem intelligent too!

Anonymous said...

I know both of them, Adaeze and Dominique here in the atl. Adaeze is the opposite if this lady, very calm,not crazy and weird. This one na truly my papa born me.

Anonymous said...

i will lyk 2 have dis girks Ass for dinner ... lol

ENOBONG JAMES said...

Ω̴̩̩̩̥α wa oooo dats all I can say.

Anonymous said...

Indeed more spiritual than religious!
Food for thought.
Thanks

Ben Emmy said...

Another oddity.....

KOSI said...

This is beauty without hairs. chika ike was scary

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Am not surprised whatever a snake begot must be long. hope she also take time to think about life inside casket like her dad. Iberibe of the highest order.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

TOLUWALASHE'S BOO said...

Fine babe.
I like her response to the last question.

Alicia says... said...

How much dem pay you for advertisement?

segun oyebamiji said...

Ewo ni were !!!! Linda stop using your power and influence to feed us this rubbish ... there are better things to know than this rubbish from Charly woman and the gang

Anonymous said...

Great answers, I think I like her. Linda, more of her pls

Anonymous said...

Ewww....diz gal z freaking me out. And is it just me or their picture poses looking kinda incest-y?

Anonymous said...

like father like daughter, she is negatively influenced by her dad. i pray God delivers u

Anonymous said...

I love d father and child relationship, it gives room 4 more lessons N less mistakes!

Make-Up by Teju Tobun said...

More spiritual than religious.... Spiritual i see... Trying not to make a comment, so No comment.

isaac dada said...

nice one

isaac dada said...

nice one

isaac dada said...

nice one

Anonymous said...

Crazy people, although d girl is pretty, pls don't end up being like your dad. 'Ms Bee

Anonymous said...

Lol, Charlyboy don born him specie, d gurl is fine sha, independent and philosophical minds

Anonymous said...

Why the exotic pictures with her dad? Hmmm. Strange things.

Anonymous said...

Hey Linda see my primary school mate from Grace Children School.. she looks so different now o....like father,like daughter!!! Though she is still as pretty as ever!! First to comment!!

Anonymous said...

Hey! Linda o, anyway goat cannot give birth to a dove. I no fit shout, dazall. Lindiway pls post o, I no its not easy on u , u dey try wella . Luv u for it

Anonymous said...

Cute girl there...charley boy looks like he is gonna explode,dayum!

Anonymous said...

These their poses sha.... So not proper for father-daughter. *lips zipped*

princess jobless said...

Dis linda @times makes me laugh,I may nt kno u personally buh I kno ur cusine nnadi ur sis laura,nnadi was my guy travel to south Africa came bac nd got married to one white girl lik dat*dnt care sef*it makes me laugh each time u say ur comments ll b made visible wen is approve*shm*lov dominique sense of humor..........

Smiley said...

Bunch of weirdos,shez pretty tho!

Tolu Kareem said...

Personally, I think Dominique is as free spirited as her father. Nothing beats that. Fela was also free spirited. They know their roots but are not bound by it. 120years is a short time to live. Live your life, and live free.

Anonymous said...

She's very pretty

Abby pweety said...

Very pretty girl. She looks like mercy johnson.
Btw, "we are more spiritual than religious"... What does that mean?

NEKS said...

Beats the shit outta me,Y u think we would give a hoot about the Nigerian version of 'The Addams Family'..

There are already enough loonies roaming the streets,when i feel like knowing about madness,I look at them,I dont need to read about it.#Be guided Linda.

reetah said...

Wow, she's not bad at all, prettier dan I xpected,her answers 2 d question were quite impressive. She try.

Anonymous said...

Weird.....

Anonymous said...

Those pics are a bit disturbing..... Just sayin

reetah said...

Wow, impressive. She's a pretty girl, prettier dan I xpected & her answers 2 d questions were also quite impressive. Abeg she try.

reetah said...

Wow, she's not bad at all, prettier dan I xpected,her answers 2 d question were quite impressive. She try.

Anonymous said...

Ughh. this man is so uggg and scary. i won't even want to wake up beside such.

Anonymous said...

OMG THIS IS WEIRD

Anonymous said...

Wow! Spitting image of her daddy..That crazy gothic chic! She's proud of what she's doing..I think I like her. Strong independent African lady. ::HardcoreLibHead::

Anonymous said...

Sexy girl though....no homo!!

Anonymous said...

There pics r so weird. It's not ur regular father and daughter pic.

Amelda Quaye said...

the poses are so unappropriate for a father and daughter.... Beautiful people tho..

Anonymous said...

all of them are just possessed in this family. sigh
God help them.

Na Wa said...

There's nothing called University of Arts Institue. It's Art Institute biko!

Anonymous said...

*first of all get down low*pls take a closer look at d first,second and last pics.are u sure charlyboy n dominique are nt....my lips are closed

Oyefunke Jolaoso said...

She is definitely a finer version of him.
I just hope she's not as crazy as he is

Anonymous said...

The father and daughter poses seem inappropriate......very awkward if you ask me smh

DatSweetIboChic said...

Wonderful people....I love charly Boy, he has a great family, irrespective of his exposure and enlightenment, he didn't let his family fall apart, he is still happily married and all his kids are doing well, young celebrities should learn from him.

princess otito said...

Sportish attire all d way. Boyish and boring

scholar said...

I like her, and she pretty

Anonymous said...

beautifully urghhhhh!

Omorodion MLK Martin said...

Ardent bonding.

Titilayo Amakulor said...

Hmmm. I just don't like the kind pix with her dad....its weird. When you say u are more spiriruaL than religious what do u mean? Everyone just rattles that these days to make themselves feel good about their short comings. Spiritual or not, u still need guidance! Teachers r gifts from God oh, study from 1 Corinth 12-15, they dint just emerge from d sky to control ur life. Good teachers that is.

Anonymous said...

with your ringed nose, you resemble a bull on heat!

Anonymous said...

Odi egu!!!!hmmm.....

Anonymous said...

Isn't this a little inappropriate?

Anonymous said...

If charlie boy decides to do a reality show about his family, i am so sure it would rake in millions for him.
The good nigerian

Lexo22 said...

Make sense.... The girl sounds very positive and honest.... I wish her well in her career and life in general.

Anonymous said...

She's pretty...but her father? Weird

Anonymous said...

Demonic

Anonymous said...

Nice haircut...seriously considering it. She's pretty as well! #nina

chimka melvis said...

A GOAT CAN NOT I REPEAT CAN NOT GIVE BIRTH TO A SHEEP. SO I'M NOT SURPRISE.

fay said...

THE PICTURES ARE CHEESY

Anonymous said...

There's something slightly disturbing about some of these photos. Are they serious?? there is trying to be edgy/different/pushing the envelope and there's downright inappropriate behaviour!

Angel Ricardo said...

Something's not right about some of these pictures, especially the last one.

Anonymous said...

I don't care how open minded you are, these 'straddling' photos are in poor taste.

Anonymous said...

i realli wudnt take those kind of pictures with my dad. dats just not right.

somadina obi said...

Good for them....

Anonymous said...

fearless my nyash! why she no come live for ajegunle make we no say she fearless. kmt. craze people. kmft. comot abeg

Julia said...

Creepy!

Psychotic bitch said...

Love this babe. Love their family. At least they know what they r up to and know Eachoda. Unlike other pple who pretend with their parents

temmy said...

I really like their relationship, mere looking @ dem u will know they are Close.

a said...

i always knew that since elementary school... dewy oputa FTW

Anonymous said...

Why did they take these photoes... A litle off/odd

#Anti-bullshit said...

Hmmmmmnnnn is all I can say.....

MideHER said...

i always knew that since elementary school... Dewy FTW

Anonymous said...

Na wa o..wats up wiv all de weird pictures nw....she wud hav bin a fyn gul buh 4 de weird peircings..dough hot body sha....

Anonymous said...

So much love in that family. Like them a lot.

Anonymous said...

The poses in these photos are not father-daughter appropriate...

Anonymous said...

Wow! Breaking News:Ladunliadi's blog has just been hacked!

BIG FISH * said...

Nice 1, Love ur been unique gal..
"STILL WATCHING FROM MY OCEAN

Anonymous said...

no nid 2 coment cos linda dnt lik postin my coment

Anonymous said...

Is it me or is the last pix kinda awkward lukin.

Anonymous said...

she is correct; fight to make your own mark as someone not depending or riding on your parent's image and I believe too that nigeria is gone, way past past beyond repair.

kidodo said...

Wow...... I love dis families. Like father like daughter.

Anonymous said...

Spiritual dan religious...spiro people. U cute babe.

Anonymous said...

Everything about that last image is so WRONG! lol

Femiluv said...

Pretty girl. Charlyboy and his family are becoming like the Kardashians. Publicity stunts every other day lol

hmmm said...

Train up your child in the way of the Lord, when he/she is old they will not depart from it. Really? Dominik and Charles is this life?

Anonymous said...

Two weirdos like fada like daughter.


Sweet sixteen!

Anonymous said...

WTF.... Watz wrong wit these two,dis man is so demonic,I dnt like him 4 any reason,wat a waste of beauty,smh
JEWEL

Anonymous said...

Damn she's sexyyyy! I have a girl crush on her. Damn!

-Ada

Anonymous said...

Hmm oshisco! Arrant nonsense

Anonymous said...

She is sooo pretty!

Anonymous said...

I had to come back again and say how hoooooot this chic is! I am as straight as a pin, but if i had to swing to the other team, i'll so do it with her! Gosh she's sexy! #okbye

-Ada

Anonymous said...

Absolute nonsense mtcheeeeeew!!!

Em Dee said...

Every child ought to be proud of their parents irrespective of wat they do and so, she has to rep Charly's name. Having said that, I have this feeling that something's going on somewhere

Anonymous said...

Poor child!

Anonymous said...

What an interesting interview,like father like daughter

Anonymous said...

Dis kain family sef! #smh# weirdos . Lion no dey born goat sha.

ANYA IKENGA said...

WITH THIS KIND NOSE ABI? JUNIOR AREA MAMA.

Anonymous said...

Like father like daughter.

eddy michael said...

Like father like daughter.

Anonymous said...

I reserve my comment. Una weldone oo. OZ

chamilah said...

She's pretty without the CRAZE...
I don't understand what she and her dad are doing in most of the pics. #Lewandowski

Anonymous said...

Wise girl jst love u dear

Anonymous said...

i love her backside....dey look like dey hv banged tho!!!

Ezinne Anyaoha said...

Sometin abt d girl irritates me...stil trying to figure out exactly what it is...

Anonymous said...

why sleep ontop of ur dad's body lk dat?is dat even normal?ds is why hulk hogan got issues wt his wife.

Anonymous said...

Truth be told she is actually a pretty girl.

chris eze said...

Wish u all d best :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Beauty wid brains,

Anonymous said...

Naso crase dey start

Anonymous said...

She's a pretty girl n yes, she evidently got it from her dad. I dnt like d last pose tho!

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Anonymous said...

ummm the poses with her dad...especially where she is bootyliciously sitting on his thigh/leg...make me uncomfortable. I hope I am not a prude. Other than that nice interview and pretty lady.

Bunmi said...

pele o. smh.....


Is Nigeria really this bad?

Paul Benard said...

Ife eke muru aghaghi iyi agwu!

wenger02 said...

like father like daughter.

Anonymous said...

The last oputa who used to bring her dog to school!

Anonymous said...

Very indecent n provocative pic wt her dad....simply perverted!Yuk

Anonymous said...

chie..some commentators make me crack up.....

Anonymous said...

It's her beauty and confidence those 2 things usually irritate haters but they can't figure out why they hate the person!! Eeya sorry o

Anonymous said...

Wtf! Cnt u guys comment without criticizing...funny enof not lyk u guys are perfect in anyway! Some of u commentin suck as hell..

luskii said...

Charly boy looks like all dis #babalawo# in igbo movies...plz do away wif d eye pencil or shay na kajal....d daughter z pretty tho,buh she too serioz for all d pix, loosen up a bit....and enjoy d photo shoot!

Anonymous said...

For real oh!..... The chick is pretty but that nose ring?! Big no no.

Anonymous said...

Ahn ahn something like what????

Anonymous said...

Ahn ahn! Lmao u no sabi keep ur comments to urself? Lol!

Anonymous said...

Ahn ahn something like what????

Anonymous said...

@LUKSIL, LMAO DONT KILL ME WITH LAUGH,, LOVE HOW SHE ANSWERED THE INTERVIEWER,,THATS AN EDUCATED AND WISE GIRL.....

Anonymous said...

Omg Linda....are you this slow!?It's Arts institute of Atlanta...not no doggone university of arts institute...learner!

Anonymous said...

Weird lookin creatures!

Anonymous said...

Anyone that went to grace high school or grace children school will know this family, they are all really cool.. they are not as bad as the media makes them all seem. she has an older sister Adaeze, u wont even know shes from this family. even dominique, very cool babe..

IRENEZUELA said...

Na wah o,,, dis man is too old for this na... Abeg I'm not interested in this.. Plus d pose not proper

Anonymous said...

Lol..those pics tho...anyway they expected comments like these b4 they took the shots...attention seekers making their money..ugh!

Anonymous said...

Linda is charly boy payin u 4 dis promotion???? U wnt 2 help him ressurect his dead music career... Hissss

Anonymous said...

me like her,she turns me on

Ugochukwu said...

USELESS PEOPLE

Anonymous said...

POSSESSED FAMILY!!!!!!! Y'all Need deliverance.

Anonymous said...

annonymous 6.11pm u must be a goat so she was ur school mate and u are here doing 1st to coment lk an idiot mumu,when people talk u knw what they hv upstairs i already knw what u represent pls hide ur local brain dis is y i dont lk reading coments frm d begining i always start frm d end cos they are always bunch of fools and local people dragging on 1st to coment instead of focusing on d topic.

Anonymous said...

annonymous 6.11pm u must be a goat so she was ur school mate and u are here doing 1st to coment lk an idiot mumu,when people talk u knw what they hv upstairs i already knw what u represent pls hide ur local brain dis is y i dont lk reading coments frm d begining i always start frm d end cos they are always bunch of fools and local people dragging on 1st to coment instead of focusing on d topic.

Anonymous said...

WHY DO I SMELL INCEST?

Anonymous said...

Some of you are just funny haters. U'all are being negative about a 55? 60? year old successful entertainer and business man with political and social clout in his own country; who has decent children who are either graduates or undergraduates, who is a happily married man of over donkey years to the same woman......imo he has lived and is still living the life of HIS dreams! Point that finger right back at yourselves and sort out your own lives!! mtscheeww!! smh

OgeAussie said...

You are absolutely correct

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong wit any of the pics ok people? Its a father/daughter n its called bonding! If u see otherwise, that's really wicked of you and probably lack love from ur parents. CB is weird, I guess u already know dat right? So i dont think he cares about your opinions #JustSaying.

Anonymous said...

Too sad for these jobless youths who think that their comments is of any importance, already seeing something bad in an innocent picture between father and daughter, Godforbid you people. This is one great family, I know them and I swear all of you haters would love to have come from such a privelaged background, and here you are talking like an ignorant Nigerian. God save his country. Linda you should all publish things that are constructive, because we already have a problem with misplaced aggression, hence kidnapping has become a business.

Anonymous said...

these pics r disturbing on so many levels...im highly irritated...looks like they are about to f..k

JANETPRETTY said...

BAD BELLE PPL! UNA DON COME AGAIN?
I KNOW MANY OF U THAT WOULD SECRETLY CHERISH AND DESIRE THIS TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP WITH UR PARENTS. SO WHAT'S BITING U GUYS?
DO U EXPECT HER TO DENY WHO SHE IS? WHAT HAD SHE SAID THAT MAKES HER DESERVE SUCH HATRED? U GUYS SHOULD GO GET A BERA LIFE!!



GO GAL, U ROCK! I LOVE YOUR CHOICE OF WORDS; THAT SHOWS HOW INTELLIGENT AND WELL MANNER U ARE.



LINDAWAY IF U LIKE MAKE U NUMBER POST MY COMMENT.

Donnes Dola said...

So sad for U̶̲̥̅. Somebody had to be †нƹ jerk and it just had to be U̶̲̥̅. Mtchewwwww! Ass ko, yanch ni.
Linda, post sharpally

Donnes Dola said...

Tot so too. The nose ring just reminds me of cows. Uurrghh

charlieherrs said...

This Girl don allow hm papa broomstick her brain! so sad

Anonymous said...

like father like daughter

Anonymous said...

4ny adaeze wuz kinda lik d crazy 1 wen they used 2 live in gbagada & dominique used 2 b calm.

Anonymous said...

She look beauriful and crazy...I go like do her! She looks nuaghty

Soul said...

Sorry ooh, but am i the only one who thinks photos 1, 3 and 7 are seriously disturbing?!

Anonymous said...

una two go suffer

Anonymous said...

Gbam!

Anonymous said...

Nice one

Miss BusyBody said...

Am I the only one who thinks these pictures are a tad inappropriate...??

Anonymous said...

Pretty girl..love her lips.

Anonymous said...

Lovely ans,n very deep. As for the truth, we sld be more spiritual Dan religious. Really food for thought.

Anonymous said...

Lmaooo, adaeze used to be ma senior in high schl very calm lady....whyl dominique, my junior crazy kid I tell you

pretty T said...

its very insensitive, not to mention rude to suggest incest in a father and daughter picture. the fact that some of you dont have that kind of relationship with ur fathers does not mean that others dont.social media does not give you the right to insult the bond she shares with her father. depraved minds. its just not right!its not everything you must say. some things are better left unsaid. words have life and cant be taken back! at all of you saying "incest".... na market wey person dey sell, na im e dey sabi well