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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Today Is Late Nigerian Singer Christy Essien Posthumous Birthday

Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe MFR (11 November 1960 – 30 June 2011) was a Nigerian
musician and actress. In her life time, she was sometimes called Nigeria's Lady of Songs and
was known for her song "Seun Rere". She was the first female president of the Performing
Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN). She was also the chairwoman and managing director
of Soul Train entertainment limited.

Essien-Igbokwe sang her songs in Igbo, Ibibio, Efik, Hausa, Yoruba as well as in English. Essien's
fluency in Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, English and her native Ibibio earned her an appeal which cut
across tribal lines.She died in an undisclosed hospital in Lagos.

Early life
Essien-Igbokwe was born in Okat, Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
She lost her mother at the age of 12 and her father in 2005. Growing up she lived in Aba, Abia
State with her late mother's friend who encouraged her singing career and bought her a fairly
used cassette player to record her songs.

Essien-Igbokwe began her musical career in Secondary School singing at various clubs such as
Uka Onu's Club and Unikoko in Aba, Abia State. She featured on a programme called 'Now
Sound' on the Nigerian Television Authority Channel 6, Aba . During that time, a show called 'The
New Masquerade' was also airing on the same station . During a taping of one of the show's
episodes, she corrected a cast member who rehearsed his lines incorrectly, thereafter she was
offered a role in the series. In 1976 she joined the cast of 'The New Masquerade'and played the
role of Akpenor, the wife of the cantankerous character, Jegede Sokoya (played by Claude
Eke).Her role on that popular show put her in the limelight and in 1977 she launched a
professional music career by releasing her debut album called 'Freedom'. Many of her albums
became hit records, but none came close to the success of her 1981 hit album 'Ever Liked My
Person' produced by Lemmy Jackson.

Always at the forefront of issues affecting women and children, she played roles in some of the
early Nollywood flicks such as 'Flesh and Blood' and 'Scars of Womanhood', both of which
addressed issues of child abuse and female circumcision. With a desire to make life better for
Nigerian artists,she is credited as having initiated the first meeting that brought about the
formation of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria in 1981. A year later, the
association was founded and King Sunny Adé became the president with the late Sonny Okosun
serving as his vice, while she was the national treasurer. Between 1996 and 1999, she became
the first female president of the association. The Akwa Ibom born performer featured in many
national and international shows and also had the honour of composing and performing what
would later be known as her state's informal anthem, "Akwa Ibom Mmi (My Akwa Ibom)" in 1987,
its year of creation. She operated a shop in Etinan, her native town in Akwa Ibom State where
she sold printing machines.



Johnson Ahile

rip christy.

Anita Okonkwo

she made my childhood days with her seun rere song

Joshua Ola

she died young . rip to her

Endy Edeson

Ola; yeah, she would have been 57 years old today.

Anuforo Osinachi James


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