Julie Coker was crowned Miss Western Nigeria in 1958, and while she was a Miss Nigeria contestant in the same year, she came in as first runner-up. In 1959, at the age of 19, she became one of the first broadcasters on Nigerian television.
Julie Coker remained a constant presence on TV until the late 1980s. She also dabbled as an actress and radio personality and for many years, she was the most famous and admired woman in Nigeria.
When the Nigerian music industry mushroomed in the 1970s, she started her recording career and her first album, Ere Yon (Sweet Songs) was released in 1977. The material consisted of folk songs drawn from her Itsekiri background, songs like Ere Yon and Elelemi. Continue reading