Christy Essien Igbokwe
During her heyday she was the grand dame of Nigerian pop music, and nicknamed the ‘First Lady of Song’.
She began her musical career in Secondary School singing at various clubs. In 1976 she joined the satirical NTA series Masquerade. Her short role in that popular sitcom put her to the limelight and in 1977 she launched a professional music career, aged 17. Many of her albums became hit records, but none came close to the success of her 1981 hit album ‘Ever Liked My Person’ produced by Lemmy Jackson.
Always at the forefront of issues affecting women and children, she played remarkable roles in some of the early Nollywood flicks such as Flesh and Blood and Scars of Womanhood, both of which addressed issues of child abuse and female circumcision.
With a desire to make life better for Nigerian artists, she is credited as having initiated the first meeting that brought about the formation of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN in 1981. A year later, PMAN was founded and King Sunny Ade became the president with the late Sonny Okosuns as his vice, while she was the National Treasurer. Between 1996 and 1999, she became the first female PMAN president.
|ALPS 1015||Christiana Essien*||Freedom (LP, Album)||Anodisc Records||ALPS 1015||Nigeria||1977||Sell This Version|
|ALPS 1036||Christiana Essien*||Patience (LP, Album)||Anodisc Records||ALPS 1036||Nigeria||1978||Sell This Version|
|B-SPOT 002||Christy*||Time Waits For No One (LP, Album)||Blackspot (2)||B-SPOT 002||Nigeria||1978||Sell This Version|
|Christy Essien*||One Understanding (Album)||Afrodisia||Nigeria||1979||Sell This Version|
|DWAPS 2107||Christy Essien Igbokwe||Give Me A Chance (LP, Album, Gat)||Afrodisia||DWAPS 2107||Nigeria||1980||Sell This Version|
|Christy Essien Igbokwe||Ever Liked My Person? (Album)||Lagos International Records||Nigeria||1981||Sell This Version|
|STR 001||Christy Essien Igbokwe||Taking My Time (LP, Album, Yel)||Soul Train Records||STR 001||Nigeria||1986||Sell This Version|
|HMV (N) 066||Christy Essien Igbokwe||It's Time (LP, Album)||His Master's Voice||HMV (N) 066||Nigeria||1988||Sell This Version|
|IVR 006||Christy Essien Igbokwe||Hear The Call (LP, Album)||Ivory||IVR 006||Nigeria||1990||Sell This Version|