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As Lady of Songs goes home


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As Lady of Songs goes home

By Maureen Azuh


Family members, friends and several artistes gathered yesterday to pay tribute to the late Christy Essien-Igbokwe at a lying-in - state at Entrance ‘A’ of the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu. Igbokwe, fondly called “The Lady of Songs” passed on June 30, 2011. She was 50.

Igbokwe will be buried today at her Adeniyi Jones Avenue residence in Ikeja.

The burial rite began with a novelty match tagged ‘Football Match of The Stars’ on Saturday, September 3, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. While music stars played with their Nollywood counterparts, members of the Sports Writers Association Of Nigeria also played against entertainment writers.

On Monday, a symposium titled ‘The Artiste in the Socio-Political Development of a Nation’ was held at the National Arts Theatre in Iganmu. It was chaired by businessman and art promoter, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi. The speakers at the event included Onyeka Onwenu, Prof. Dora Akunyili and Senator Chris Anyanwu.

Other events held in her honour within the week include a red carpet tribute at the Nite Shift Coliseum, starring ‘The Five Divas’ in a Medley of ‘The Best of the Lady of Songs’. It was followed by a Goldtrain Orchestra hosted by the Governor of the Coliseum, Ken Caleb-Olumese. On Wednesday, the new African Shrine hosted a ‘Musical Stampede’ which was followed by a candle light procession around the country.

During the events, artistes eulogised the late Igbokwe, with former president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Tony Okoroji, saying, “Her death has really left a vacuum in the music industry because her good songs and motherly advice will be missed.”

 

 

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