Lady of Songs, Chief (Mrs.) Christy Essien-Igbokwe MFR, is to be buried on Friday, September 9, in Lagos. This decision was taken yesterday, July 6, 20110, at the inaugural meeting of the grand burial committee set up to coordinate activities and programmes for the final journey of the great music icon and Nigerian patriot.
The grand burial committee, which has former Delta State Commissioner for Sports, Dr. Austin Izagbo as chairman, has set up seven sub-committees charged with the duty of designing and executing specific aspects of the burial programme.
The sub committees have been directed to start work immediately. The aim is to give the Lady of Songs who gave happiness to millions of people in Nigeria and beyond a deserved and unforgettable farewell.
The grand burial committee has Mr. Fred Romeo Obika as Coordinating Secretary. The sub-committees include Publicity, Ceremonial, Welfare, Security, Special Duties, Logistics and Finance.
One of the key decisions of the meeting which held at the Ikeja residence of the Igbokwe family was that a dedicated “Christy Essien-Igbokwe Endowment Fund” account be set up immediately and be managed with utmost transparency and professionalism by a finance sub-committee made up of Chairman of the grand committee, Mr. Austin Izagbo; constitutional lawyer, Mr. Fred Agbaje; Mr. Marcel Ikedudu, a retired banker; Dr. Patrick Igbokwe, member of the Igbokwe family and Mr. Mike Ejezie.
The account will act as a single repository for all contributions and donations towards the burial activities.
Showtime recalled that when Governor Fashola visited the Ikeja home of the late Chief Christy Igbokwe last Tuesday, he’d assured Chief Edwin Igbokwe, husband of the late musician of his government’s readiness to support the family in every possible way.
Infact this writer overheard Governor Fashola directing one of his top aides to stay behind and liase with the Igbokwe family on ways to give the late musician a deserving burial.