Christy Essien-Igbokwe, MFR was a musician and actress who was Called “Nigeria’s Lady of Songs”. She was known for her songs “Seun Rere” Tete Nula, Ife, Hear the Call and Give me a Chance.
Christy Essien-Igbokwe sang in Igbo, Ibibio, Efik, Hausa, Yoruba and English.
She was also the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN). Christy was a one time chairwoman and managing director of Soul Train Entertainment.
Her fluency in Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, English and her native Ibibio gave her an appeal that crossed tribal lines. Christy Igbokwe musical career began in secondary school; where she sings at clubs such as Uka Onu’s Club and Unikoko in Aba. In her lifetime, she appeared on Now Sound on the Nigerian Television Authority’s Channel 6 in Aba.
She was always at the forefront of issues affecting women and children, she empowered thousands of women. Her husband Chief Edwin Chukwunenye Igbokwe, was the managing director of Punch Nigeria, in October 1979.