Onyeka Onwenu describes burial ceremony of Obi Cubana’s Mum as “obscene and insensitive”
Nigerian music veteran, Onyeka Onwenu took a shot at socialite Obi Iyiegbu, popularly known as Obi Cubana, who was holding a memorial service for his late mother.
In an article for PremiumTimes, she wrote;
“I told a friend just days before the most outrageous burial of Innyom Ezinne Uche Iyiegbu in Oba, Anambra State in July that I had given my family instructions on how to bury me when my time comes. Do it quickly, quietly and privately.”
“Celebrate me with prayers, lunch, or dinner afterwards. Share some jokes about me and laugh. Mourn, yes, but not excessively.”
“Make merriment and then go about your business. If my friends want to celebrate me, they should do so while I am alive, so that I can enjoy it with them, not when I am gone and have no idea about this. That is me Onyeka Onwenu.”
She did, however, clear the air regarding her feelings about the expensive burial spendings, stating that she did not criticize the conduct. “The point I make here is that there are different strokes for different folks, even within a family. I do not condemn anyone for how they mourn, with their hard-earned money but I am very uncomfortable with lavish display of wealth on any occasion, especially in a time of hardship and lack for most others,” she wrote.
She described the funeral as inappropriate in another part of the essay.
“The burial of Obi Cubana’s mother was not only lavish, it was obscene and insensitive. It sent all the wrong signals at a time when Nigeria is wracked with widespread poverty and lack.”