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iconic musician and a spectacular actress
The litany of awards she gathered in the course of her illustrious career, including the Nigerian Lady of Songs award; African Music Mother Award (1984); International Special Achievement award; Mexico 1983 World Song Festival Award and Los Angeles Queen of Music Award, testified to her greatness and global appeal," Akpabio said, adding that her place in history, as an outstanding musician and performer, was assured.
Although she is not Yoruba, most of her hits were sung in the western Nigerian language, and drew heavily on the culture and tradition. Essien's fluency in Yoruba, English, Igbo and her native Ibibio earned her an appeal which cut across tribal lines.
The singer and actress released her first album (Freedom) in 1976 at aged 16 and wedded Edwin Igbokwe three years later. She followed up with other albums ; 'Patience', 'Time Waits for No One'(both 1978), 'One Understanding' (1979), 'Give Me A Chance' (1980) - however her 1981 hit album, 'Ever Liked My Person' remains her best LP till date. Released under London-based label, Lagos International Records, which was more inclined towards promoting