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Actress, singer and author, Onyeka Onwenu has condemned the show of wealth on the speak of the city funeral of late Mrs Ezinne Uche Iyiegbu, Obi Cubana’s mum.

In response to her, the lavish funeral which held in Oba Anambra state in July was obscene and insensitive, as a result of it despatched all of the improper alerts at a time when Nigeria is wracked with widespread poverty and lack.

The writer in an article printed on Premium occasions revealed that previous to this she has directed her household on find out how to bury her when the time comes. She stated she needs it to be a quiet and personal burial.

She nonetheless defined that on the finish of the day, it’s completely different strokes for various of us. She famous that her mom needed an elaborate burial and he or she promised her days earlier than her demise that she is going to get the lavish burial she needs.

She revealed she fulfilled this promise to her mom, though the burial was not on as lavish as Obi Cubana’s mum’s personal.

“I instructed a good friend simply days earlier than probably the most outrageous burial of Innyom Ezinne Uche Iyiegbu in Oba, Anambra State in July that I had given my household directions on find out how to bury me when my time comes. Do it rapidly, quietly and privately. Rejoice me with prayers, lunch or dinner afterwards. Share some jokes about me and snort. Mourn, sure, however not excessively. Make merriment after which go about your online business. If my buddies need to rejoice me, they need to achieve this whereas I’m alive, in order that I can get pleasure from it with them, not when I’m gone and don’t know about this. That’s me Onyeka Onwenu.

“My mom, alternatively, needed a distinct burial and I promised to offer her need she needed. On her hospital mattress, simply three days earlier than she handed away, I bolstered that promise – it was vital to her and he or she died understanding that I’d maintain my phrase. Hope Onwenu’s burial was nothing like what occurred in Oba just lately nevertheless it was elaborate and fairly costly. Nonetheless I had the satisfaction that I stored my promise

“The purpose I make right here is that there are completely different strokes for various of us, even inside a household. I don’t condemn anybody for a way they mourn, with their hard-earned cash however I’m very uncomfortable with lavish show of wealth on any event, particularly in a time of hardship and lack for many others. The burial of Obi Cubana’s mom was not solely lavish, it was obscene and insensitive. It despatched all of the improper alerts at a time when Nigeria is wracked with widespread poverty and lack.

However as long as he and his supportive buddies stole no person’s cash to do what they did, my outrage has abated. I can’t name for them to be hanged on the stake as some have carried out. These reactions have been excessive and simply as senseless because the conspicuous show of wealth we witnessed on the burial ceremony. Obi Cubana and his buddies didn’t invent the artwork of spraying, neither are they the primary to indicate off stupendous wealth in a wild celebration of any variety. However in an age of invasive social media, our senses are immediately bombarded with pictures of sheer insanity, the place warning is thrown to the wind and we’re regaled with pictures of sheer debauchery. We ask: Is that this all vital?”

Talking on the show at Obi Cubana’s mom’s burial, Onwenu wrote,

“I condemn all of it. It doesn’t mirror the Igbo tradition that I grew up in. Ndigbo wouldn’t condone the conspicuous show of wealth. For those who have been discovered doing that, your shut and prolonged household, your group would ship a delegation to you, to ask concerning the supply of the wealth you might be throwing about. You’ll be ostracised in case you have no convincing proof of authentic work. All that modified on the finish of the Nigeria/Biafra battle. Ndigbo have been disadvantaged of their cash, their oil wells and cities excised from Imo and Abia States, their properties termed ‘deserted’ and brought from them. They have been compelled to rebuild with no assist and no compensation. It due to this fact turned each particular person to themselves. Having cash meant that you possibly can get issues carried out and like each different Nigeria society, our priorities have been turned the wrong way up. Individuals not requested how and the place you bought your cash. The purpose was that you just had it. Our values could have been eroded however we now have to struggle again to regain them, to make sure our survival because the first rate and hardworking those who we really are.”

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