Friday, December 29, 2017

MARY AFI-USUA #MusicLegends



The history of music in West Africa
sub-region will be incomplete without the mention of Mary Afi-Usua who
passed on a few years ago.

Born to a prominent family in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, Mary Nightingale as many fondly called her, took her talent, skill & creativity across the shores of Nigeria to Italy where she was based for quite awhile. While in Italy our Nightingale mesmerized her audiences with a high-quality soprano
voice. She was an Opera singer who performed with top music ensembles of the 70s in Italy. 

She returned to her fatherland when the late former
Military Governor of the old Cross River (which comprised of Cross
River State & the present Akwa Ibom State) Brigadier General U. J.
Esuene met her in Italy. 

The late mentor got so enchanted by her a performance which he was privileged to watch that he pleaded with her to return home & join hands with him to build her home state to which
she agreed.

Back in Calabar the state capital, Mary was instantly appointed
to head the Cultural Center by the Governor who is reputed to
be the highest performing Governor of all time East of the Niger River in

She then recorded her mixed blend of Opera singing prowess  & African beats album which instantly shot her into the limelight. Her brother Chief Sylvester Akaiso, did own the defunct Miperfine Niteclub in Oron.

Mary had a son named Solo & a daughter whom a music personality
Chuxxy Onuoha got married to. Mary Afi-Usua will always be remembered
for her electrifying state performance; may her soul rest in peace

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