By Osagie ALonge
The body of Africa's Lady of songs, Christy Essein-Igbokwe,
was finally laid to rest in a reserved ground by the new Anambra Government House in Awka, Anambra State on Saturday, September 10, 2011. A short service of songs attended by the Essiens, friends and colleagues, had held the previous day at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Chruch, Yaba in Lagos.
Her Awka burial was witnessed by Governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi among many other dignitaries.
Below are a few of the comments made in respect of the deceased by her former colleagues.
‘From a very humble household, no wealth, not even education, much formal education. Yet she took on the world, conquered the nation, and conquered the world. That tells you that everything, everything is possible’, COSON
boss, Tony Okoroji
‘When pursuing a goal she gives it 200 percent. Her music, we can never forget. 'Seun rere' will never die. Anything you sing it will still be relevant; it will still be pleasing to the ear. It can still have a lot of meaning to us’, Singer, Onyeka Onwenu
‘Well it would take too much of your airtime for me to go into details. I would say history would state how she was. Apart from being a good musician, apart from being a good mother an d a shrewd business woman she had a heart of gold. She was very religious and she was there for anybody’, flutist and one-time PMAN
president, Tee Mac
‘I’ve been sad about it because she was a very young woman. It has made me aware of our mortality as human beings. She had many albums out. She was recognized, and she’s still recognized. She has four children and many adopted children’, choreographer, Yeni Kuti
‘She will stay forever in our hearts and minds. She was a true diva. Her songs touched us all. What a woman’, Blackky
'I hope people can get to celebrate us like this when we are alive before we pass on', Stella Monye
Check out some pictures of the funeral service below...