Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe (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, this singer and actress is the chairman and managing director of Soul Train entertainment limited.
Although she is 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.
You can visit the site to check out the whole write-up. More appallingly, not even one entertainment group or company has remembered to put up a one year anniversary concert in her honour. This is sad!
Though not many people seem to celebrate her, her songs still remain evergreen. Connoisseur prays her soul continues to find peace in the bosom of the Lord.