Google Doodle celebrates Christy Essien-Igbokwe’s 58th posthumous birthday.

Google on celebrated Nigeria's Lady of Songs, Christy Uduak Essien-Igbokwe on her 58th posthumous birthday. A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepages that commemorate holidays, events, achievements and people.“Born in Akwa Ibom State on this day in 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, Yoruba and Igbo 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,” Google said. Google said that she once recalled saying that her childhood was very challenging, she used to have a brother who was a soldier then and was always on transfer owing to the nature of his job.“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. The “Seun Rere” crooner was a tireless activist during her life, evidence of which can be heard in songs like “Do You Hear Me Children?” and “Hear the Child.” Essien-Igbokwe passed in June 2011, after a brief illness. Google, writing about the Doodle, shared: Our #GoogleDoodle in Nigeria today honours the life of Christy Essien Igbokwe’s 58th Birthday. ‘Nigeria’s Lady of Songs’ who used her fame to highlight social issues such as the abuse of women and children.