Charly Boy Recounts Intervening in Eedris Abdulkareem’s Saga with 50 Cent in 2004

Written by on February 6, 2024

Veteran singer and activist Charly Boy recently revisited a dramatic scene from 2004, where he stepped in to defend fellow Nigerian rapper Eedris Abdulkareem from a confrontation with American hip-hop star 50 Cent.

On The Honest Bunch Podcast, Charly Boy described receiving a frantic call from Abdulkareem claiming he was being roughed up by 50 Cent’s security at the Murtala Muhammed Airport. True to his nickname “Area Fada,” Charly Boy wasted no time. Drawing on his influence, he mobilized a staggering 3,000 motorcyclists to descend upon the airport in a show of solidarity.

Abdulkareem painted a picture of injustice. He was allegedly booked for the same flight as 50 Cent and settled into first class. However, upon his arrival, 50 Cent’s security demanded he leave, claiming the section was reserved. When Abdulkareem refused, he and his bouncer were reportedly assaulted.

Fueled by righteous anger, Charly Boy confronted 50 Cent directly in his SUV. The tension was palpable, amplified by the rumbling motorcycles outside. “You came to Nigeria and you are beating my people?” Charly Boy boomed, his voice echoing the outrage of the gathered crowd.

This dramatic intervention reportedly played a role in de-escalating the situation. While the exact details remain disputed, the incident became a flashpoint in conversations about foreign celebrity behavior and respect for local artists. Whether viewed as heroic or impulsive, Charly Boy’s actions undoubtedly injected a fiery chapter into Nigerian music history.


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