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Farewell to Our Lady of Songs: Christy Essien-Igbokwe has passed away

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BN received reports earlier today that Nigeria’s Lady of Songs Christy Essien-Igbokwe had passed away after a brief illness.
We hoped for the best but we have received confirmation on this tragic news. According to newspapers including NEXT Newspapers, she passed away in a private hospital in Lagos.

The booming Nigerian music industry would not be where it is today without the blood, sweat and tears of pioneers including Christy Essien-Igbokwe.
She will be dearly missed.

69 Comments

  1. U.D

    June 30, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    R.I.P LADY CHRISTY !!!

  2. prasioe

    June 30, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Wow, May her soul rest in perfect peace. Love her song “Seun rere”

    • Oluwatoyin

      July 2, 2011 at 5:03 am

      Christy has finished her own race of life. May her gentle soul rest in peace

  3. Lamide

    June 30, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    🙁 She rocked the “Idols” Finale in March. Last time I saw her. May the Lord grant her family the strength they need to carry on at this time.

  4. Bisqo

    June 30, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Rest in Peace Aunty Christy, I pray for peace for her family and loved ones that she left behind at this difficult time in their lives, IJN. Amen

  5. precious naijagurl

    June 30, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    OMG … rest in peace

  6. Eva

    June 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    May her soul rest in peace and may God grant her family the fortitude 2 bear d loss, Amen.

  7. vickky

    June 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    So sad. May she rest in peace and her family be consoled. I loved “seun rere” and the other song with the refrain “so, so, so, kaagbo!”

  8. Lubie Lu

    June 30, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Rest In God’s perfect peace and in His bossom may you find rest Lady Christy Essien-Igbokwe. Amen, we shall surely miss you. Adios mam!!!

  9. anonymous

    June 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    SHE WAS A DELIGHT TO LISTEN TO IN THE 80s RIP

  10. chimanu

    June 30, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    One of the standout Nigerian Musicians , her songs always evergreen

  11. Prince 'Gbenga (UK & Ireland)

    July 1, 2011 at 12:24 am

    It was sad to hear of the passing away of a big sister Christy Essien-Igbokwe. I pray tehat May her soul rest in perfect peace and God should grant the children and husband the heart to bear her absence. Almighty God will keep you all each time her memory is remembered.

  12. Lola NYC

    July 1, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Rip Christy, I remember dancing to your song as a little kid

  13. kenora

    July 1, 2011 at 12:38 am

    owo nice song…rest in peace..

  14. Lola X

    July 1, 2011 at 1:19 am

    That’s such a shame!!! RIP.

    Lola x, London
    http://lola-x.blogspot.com

    • Dcookie

      July 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

      shame that she’s dead or that Nig hospital couldn’t save her life ?
      RIP Legend, u really rocked at the last Project Fame truly.

    • izi101

      July 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      people do die abroad too, don’t use this sad event to make baseless criticism.

  15. NNENNE

    July 1, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Goodnight, our dearest Lady of songs.You will be missed.

  16. judy

    July 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

    this is so sad. may her soul rest in perfect peace

  17. Luvvey

    July 1, 2011 at 1:47 am

    How sad, I remember growing up in Liberia, I used to idolized her, loved her music so much. May your sould rest in peace. You will be missed!
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  18. Jeddar

    July 1, 2011 at 1:50 am

    This so sad, I mean she looked so healthy in April at the Nigerian Idol finals…R.I.P

  19. mary007

    July 1, 2011 at 2:59 am

    So so sad to think she was still young. RIP

  20. baby dee

    July 1, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Rest in Peace Aunty! May heaven rejoice when you join the angels.

  21. Amy

    July 1, 2011 at 7:48 am

    RIP

  22. chydee

    July 1, 2011 at 7:54 am

    May your soul rest in the bosom of the Lord…

  23. kehinde

    July 1, 2011 at 8:04 am

    May her gentle soul rest in the bosom of our Lord, Amen

  24. faith

    July 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

    rip christy….

  25. olaj

    July 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Nigeria just lost another rare gem,may your soul rest in a perfect peace. AMEN!

  26. OTUNBA OLUSEGUN ONAKOYA

    July 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

    yOUR MUSIC,”OMO MI SERERE” HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE FOUNDATION WHICH I HAVE BUILT MY CHARACTER AFTER THE UNTIMELY DEMISE OF MY MOTHER. YOU ARE LEGACY THAT WILL CONTINUE TO APPRECIATE AS LONG AS THE WORLD EXISTS. THANK YOU MADAM RAMOTA…………..WE ALL LOVE YOU. R.I.P

  27. Nneka

    July 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

    rip!

    • awosoga d;trptr USA

      July 9, 2011 at 2:17 am

      APENA GOOD BYEEEEEEEEE R;I;P

  28. stella

    July 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

    What a sad news! rest in peace.

  29. BRIGHT

    July 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Eye Eka Sangha Song. esiere. we all missed you.

  30. moi!

    July 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

    May your gentle soul rest in peace. amen

  31. robo

    July 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

    may your gentle soul rest in peace,ADIEU

  32. ennovY

    July 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for blessing us with your music..Rest In Peace

  33. Nanlop

    July 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

    May her soul rest in d bossom of CHRIST JESUS,Amen.

  34. LEONA

    July 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Our very own ‘LADY OF SONGS” I’ll never forget our chance meeting when I was only 8years old……
    Sorely missed….

  35. fee

    July 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    we need to celebrate our legends as much as we can while dey r still alive!! RIp ma

  36. Esther Cole

    July 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    RIP Madam Christy

  37. joy

    July 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Your music has brought so many positive thinking into our Nation.You gave your best while u were alive.May God grant ur soul rest.

  38. Kémi Penélopê

    July 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    OMG!!! Sooooo it is really true. Chee! see me oh. I juz thot it waz one of dose yeye twitter jokes wey I read it (on twitter). d funny thing was, I danced 2 dat famous song of hers dis past weekend (at a wedding), only to read dis week that a veteran of Nigerian music has passed.
    May ur beautiful soul rest in peace & I pray God comforts ur family at dis difficult time.

  39. Bunmi Yomi

    July 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    RIP

  40. JENNIFER

    July 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Chirsty Essien Igbokwe. May you find eternal rest in the bossom of the lord.May God give your husband, and family the fortitude to bear this great loss.
    Adieu! Great Legend, Adieu !! Great Musician Adieu!!! Great Role Model.

    I Could remember as a child i like dancing to her track omo mi seun rere tire adara ooh, whenever my father put the music i will be digging the music in a hideout so that nobody will see me. Sometimes my parents advices us wit this her song infact this Lady has so much inspiration and almost all her songs have great meaning.

    Death is inevitable,of which if i have the power to stop it i will do, but since i cant. May you be happier wherever you are. Adieu! Adieu!! Adieu!!!.

  41. Tess

    July 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    R.I.P. Christy, may ur soul rest in God’s bossom.

  42. Jade82

    July 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    R.I.P Christy…may ur soul rest in peace…God bless ur soul

  43. HRS OLUBUSOLA

    July 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    R.I.P Madam Christy, rest in peace

  44. funtizzy

    July 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    RIP Christy Essien Igbokwe

  45. Tobechi_daniel

    July 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    May her soul rest in peace. AMEN

  46. heavyman

    July 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    it’s indeed a great loss to Naija, i will realy miss her though her great songs lives ooon…. I hope the new generation of Nigerian MUSICIANS should take qu from these our legends, aunty christy for example! they shuld stop selling only beats but lyrics, message, beat and much more just like aunty christy did in her days which the children children will continue to rip from the sales in time to come. much respect to 2baba cos he is laying the platform of being a legend with some of his evergreen songs

  47. Aibee

    July 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Rest In Peace. Omo re a seun rere leyin eh. Sunre ooooo.

  48. chichi 9ja

    July 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE!!!!!!!!

  49. Songhai

    July 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    RIP Lady of Song. How did she come about the name sums her up completely.It was unbelievable that she started so early. I though she was much older that me by far. Her kids must be grown if that is any consolation

  50. Bolade

    July 1, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Rest In Peace Lady Christy….I agree that our true legends aren’t being celebrated enough….

  51. Yinka Ogunbajo

    July 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    May her soul rest in perfect peace. She will be missed! My prayers are with her family at this difficult time.

  52. Fab junkies

    July 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Was she really just 51? I’m glad she was honoured during d last Idols Nigeria

  53. Cally

    July 2, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Its a pitty we cnt hold it bck….though ur life waz meaningful here…but God needs u in heaven 2join His choristaz…Adieu…Igbo kwenu!!

  54. waje

    July 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

    rest in peace my legend

  55. ngozi

    July 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

    RIP christy essien igbokwe. it eas a shocking news to me,cos i do listen to her wonderful songs in the 80s, and i enjoyed them.is so sad that she is gone from us.

  56. ngozi

    July 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

    RIP christy essien igbokwe,you will always be remembered. And your songs will never fade away. Cos u are a icon.

  57. ngozi

    July 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

    she is truely an icon.

  58. asanwam

    July 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Oh no i love this woman to bits,RIP LEGEND, we will NEVER forget you

  59. danny alaba music marketer

    July 3, 2011 at 12:34 am

    rest in peace may God see your family true this loss

  60. Adesuwa

    July 3, 2011 at 12:41 am

    What a gem! What an icon! Evergreen. I hope ur son carries on from where u stopped. U brought so much joy to many homes with ur songs. Seun rere, Teta nu na ula, mo la raiso , etc. RIP lady of songs. U live on thru ur music.

  61. Vee

    July 3, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I will never forget the wonderful reception you gave me in your home and delicious dinner prepared. I will miss you but either way, the enemy lost cos you gone to be with the Lord. Rest in peace My Lady……………..Adieu mama

  62. Ify

    July 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Christie, may ur soul rest in Peace. Ur legacy lingers on

  63. Shabach

    July 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Rest in peace,mama seun rere. Her son said she predicted it. may God keep those left behind

  64. Priscy

    July 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Rest in peace Lady of songs.

  65. Kaka Igbokwe

    September 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    R.I.P Mama, ur legacy will live on

    Your son Kaka

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