30th June, 2011
Lady of Songs and former President of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN, Chief (Mrs.) Christy Essien-Igbokwe is dead.
Igbokwe died this morning after a brief illness, a source close to the family told P.M.NEWS.
She was said to have fallen sick on Monday and was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where she breathe her last.
Yesterday, her musician son, Kaka Chinwuba Igbokwe, had posted on his Facebook wall asking people to pray for the sick, not knowing that he was making a veil request on behalf of his sick mother.
The singer and actress, who was also known as Apeno, her character in the New Masquarade, a now rested 13-week drama episode on the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA Network, put Nigeriaâ€™s name on the world music map with her evergreen song Seun Rere.
Born in Onna, Akwa Ibom State on 11 November 1960, Igbokwe, until her demise, was the first female President of PMAN and ran her private enterprise, Soul Train Entertainment Limited as Chairman and Managing Director.
She has been honoured with various awards worldwide including the Nigerian Lady of Songs Award, International Special Achievement Award in Mexico (1983), Africa Music Mother Award (1984), World Song Festival Award in Los Angeles, Queen of Music International Award, Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners (1996).
She has also contributed enormously to nation building, peace and tolerance, which, alongside moral uprightness, remain constant themes of her songs.
Admiral Dele Abiodun, immediate past president, PMAN confirmed her death.
By Ayodele Lawal/Bayo Adetu/Funsho Arogundade