The spirit lives on and Nigeria's Lady of Songs, Christy Essien Igbokwe may be gone, but her legacies still live on long after her death.
For two years running after her death, the family members have not failed to do for her what she was noted for while she was on the face of the earth. Last week, the family members post humously marked her birthday with a thanksgiving service in the church as well as a visit to an orphanage centre with loads of gift items for the centre.
The church service which was held at the Arch Bishop Vining Memorial Church, GRA, Ikeja, on November 11, 2012 attracted a lot of attention by other worshippers, her fans and other family members who joined in the procession to the altar even as the choir rendered one of her popular numbers "Seun Rere".
The priest, also touched by the family's kind gesture, praised them for keeping the fire burning, noting that life does not end after death especially for those who lived well and left a lot of legacies behind.
After the service, the train headed to the Red Cross Motherless as well as Modupe Cole Handicapped Home, Akoka to donate foods and other items to them.
Excited Mrs Juliana Obanife, Home Matron of the Red Cross, could not hide her feelings when the team arrived.
"Everyone here, including the children, remember her and would always celebrate her. Our prayer is that her soul continues to rest perfectly in the hands of the Lord".
A high point of it was the cutting of the posthumous birthday cake which the children ate with joy.
It was the same story at Modupe Cole where both the staff and inmates rushed out to receive the august visitors and their gifts. Group photographs were also taken before the team bade them bye-bye for the day.
When the mission was accomplished, the team which was led by the husband of the late music icon, Chief Edwin Igbokwe, Chinwuba, Kaka, his wife and little daughter, George and others left for their home. In their Omole residence, the visibly relieved Chief Igbokwe described the occasion by saying:
"We did exactly what she would have done if she was still alive. So we went to church to thank God for everything before proceeding to keep faith with one of the legacies she left behind. Surely, she will be happy that we did it and we will never fail her. Giving was one of her callings and we won't let her down, just like other activities she left behind will continue.
Speaking further, he said, "We made it a low-key affair because she was never a loud person while she lived and it has been the tradition. That is actually what gladdens the more, when no trumpet is blown for giving to the needy. It was spiritually done. Very soon, we shall unveil the other programmes she pursued before her death," he concluded.