Google celebrates Nigeria’s Lady of Songs Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe

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Google on Sunday celebrated Nigeria’s Lady of Songs, Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe on her 58th posthumous birthday.

Born in Akwa Ibom state on November 11 1960, Christy Essien-Igbokwe was an actress and singer known as “Nigeria’s Lady of Songs.”

Fluent in her native language of Ibibo, Essien-Igbokwe also spoke and sang in English, Igbo and Yoruba, giving her music a broad appeal across cultural and tribal lines.

Among her many popular releases, the inspirational record “Seun Rere” became a rallying cry within Nigeria.

Essien-Igbokwe released her first record, Freedom, at age 17 and never looked back. Her 1981 album Ever Liked My Person became a smash hit. In 1987 the Akwa-Ibom artist recorded a song, “Akwa Ibom Mmi,” which became an anthem of pride for those sharing her heritage.

A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepages that commemorates holidays, events, achievements and people.

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