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Google Doodle celebrates Christy Essien-Igbokwe’s 58th posthumous birthday

Google on Sunday celebrated the Nigeria ’ s Lady of Songs , Christy Uduak Essien -Igbokwe on her 58 th posthumous birthday .The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a Google Doodle is a special , temporary alteration of the logo on Google’ s homepages that commemorates holidays , events, achievements and people .

“ Born in Akwa Ibom state on this day in 1960 , Christy Essien – Igbokwe was an actress and singer known as “ Nigeria ’ s Lady of Songs . ”

“ Fluent in her native language of Ibibo , Essien – Igbokwe also spoke and sang in English , Yoruba , and Igbo giving her music a broad appeal across cultural and tribal lines .
“ Among her many popular releases , the inspirational record “ Seun Rere ” became a rallying cry within Nigeria , ” Google said .

Google said that she once recalled saying that her childhood was very challenging , she used to have a brother who was a soldier then and was always on transfer owing to the nature of his job .

“ Essien -Igbokwe released her first record , Freedom , at age 17 and never looked back . Her 1981 album Ever Liked My Person became a smash hit . In 1987 the Akwa – Ibom artist recorded a song, “ Akwa Ibom Mmi , ” which became an anthem of pride for those sharing her heritage .

( NAN )

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