On Sunday, 17th November at the Intercontinental Hotel Lagos, friends, associates and admirers of the late Lady of Songs, Christy Essien Igbokwe came together in Lagos as her foundation, The Christy Essien Igbokwe Memorial Foundation was launched.
Kaka Igbokwe and Onyeka Onwenu
Husband of late Chisty- Chief Edwin Igbokwe
Her husband, Chief Edwin Igbokwe was joined by family, political and entertainment associates for the event as popular faces such as, Onyeka Onwenu, Timi Dakolo, Yeni Kuti, Yemi Alade, Niyola as well as various State Commissioners representing their respective Governors were also present.
The event had dance performances to songs of the late legend and stage performances of one of her most popular works on TV – New Masquerade by PAWS. A fashion show showcasing clothes worn by the Late Lady of Songs on stage was part of the activities for the night as well musical performances by Timi Dakolo, Yemi Alade, Victor Essien (Sleeky) and The Soul Train band.
Late Christy's Son, Kaka Igbokwe
Sonny Irabor and Commissioner of Information,
Akwa Ibom State
Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe MFR (11 November 1960 – 30 June 2011), also known as Nigeria's Lady of Songs, put Nigeria's name on the world music map with her evergreen “Seun Rere” track. She was the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN). Born on 11 November 1960, the singer and actress was the chairman and managing director of Soul Train Entertainment Limited. Although she was not Yoruba, most of her hits were sung in the western Nigerian language, and drew heavily on the culture and tradition. Essien's fluency in Yoruba, English, Igbo and her native Ibibio earned her an appeal which cut across tribal lines.