Christy Essien still alive, say Hubby
For Edwin Igbokwe, husband of late ‘Lady of Songs’, Christy Essien Igbokwe, she’s still alive. He made this known at the 2016 Christy Essien Igbokwe Memorial Evening, five years after the demise of the popular musician.
“My wife Christy is not dead but lives in our house. She is with us and very happy at what we are doing,” he said.
According to him, the event, which held at the Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island Lagos became imperative to immortalise Christy Essien’s legacy as a true Africa legend. The event also celebrated the 56th posthumous birthday of the celebrated music icon, who died at age 50.
Igbokwe said the memorial event, set the tune towards immortalising her awesome legacy as a true African songstress, actress, an adorable mother and wife, and a philanthropist with a large heart for children and the less privileged, whom she assisted through her foundation in many ways, including directly paying school fees for most of them at secondary and tertiary institutions.
“To sum her essence, Christy Essien Igbokwe was an Amazon with a spiritual heart for God, where she draws inspiration from. She is very dedicated and strives towards attaining excellence, using her special skills to generate joy to mankind.
“She is a superlative lady. She remains part of me. Honestly, I feel like part of me is not physically with me, but am glad she is happy where she is, due to this event and I’m sure the memorial will long live and will be continued by her children and grand children,” he stated.
Speaking at the event, Senior Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, described the late Christy Essien as a lady with a transforming power, saying, “Everything she touched turned gold; things worked when she stepped in.”
“She was a legend who had set standard in the entertainment world. She was a multi-talented super-super. She is never going to die; with all her achievements. She is a legend. She led a good life and her legacy lives on forever. We must all join hands to support the foundation,” she added.
Chief Executive Officer of Best of the World, Mrs. Joy Chinwokwu whose organisation initiated the effort to immortalise the legend, while commenting on future events, explained that the 2016 event is a prelude to the planned Annual Christy Essien Igbokwe Evening of Songs and Dance, and will hold every November 11, to mark her posthumous birthday.
She noted that arrangements for the 2017 event have already commenced, with the booking of the Civic Centre, Victoria Island as venue. She added that the yearly November event will be preceded by an Annual Christy Essien Igbokwe Memorial Lecture, which will highlight the plight of the less privileged, a passion the late maestro held very dear.
“Luckily, the next one falls on a Saturday. The annual event will attract music legends from all over the world, alongside Nigerian celebrities, corporate interests, other dignitaries and couples with love for music,” Chinwokwu said.
Guests at the event include elegant stallion, Onyeka Onwenu; Dr. Tee-Mac Omatsola Iseli, Laolu Akins, Lorraine Okotie and Rev. Cynthia Okobi (both of whom represented Pastor Chris Okotie) and Bisi Olatilo.
Other dignitaries were Ted Iwere, Dr. and Mrs. Austin Izagbo, who put the guests through her awesome legacies and Dr. Gladys Makoju who delivered a very befitting citation, among others. Singer, Faith Okoh, livened up the atmosphere with her electrifying rendition of Christy Essien songs.
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