“Omo mi seun rere, ti wa dara o, omo mi gbo temi ti wa dara o, omoto ba hu iwa buruku won ani baba re loko, omo to ba hu iwa buruku won ani iya re loko, Baba mi fi iwa to da han mi layeo, Iya mi fi iwa to da han mi laaye, aye ti mo wa yi, ko ma ye mi o, eyi ni Olorun gbe ko mi laaye… ”
So was the popular song of musical amazon Christy Essien Igbokwe who was one of the pioneers the spearheaded the creation of Akwa Ibom State. The leading female musician, died (aged 51) this morning in a private hospital after a brief illness.
Popularly known as the ‘Lady of Songs’, Ms Essien-Igbokwe was the first female president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria. Some of her hit songs include ‘Omo Mi Seun ReRe’, ‘Hear the Call’ and ‘Tete Nu Na Ula’
She was a vociferous campaigner against election rigging and government corruption in the Akpabio administration during the last elections.