Onyeka Onwenu slams Obi Cubana, over extravagant burial of mom, says she wants a quiet burial
Onyeka Onwenu referred to the burial ceremony as profane and insensitive.
Onyeka Onwenu, a Nigerian music veteran, has slammed Obi Iyiegbu, commonly known as Obi Cubana, over his late mother’s opulent burial.
The ‘burial of the year,’ as it was dubbed, was the most talked-about event in the streets and on social media for weeks.
In a piece for PremiumTimes, the actress, author, and music veteran made her emotions known concerning the event.
“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,” she wrote.
“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 costly burial spendings, saying that she did not criticize the deed.
She described the funeral as indecent and callous in another section of the piece.
“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 the lavish display of wealth on any occasion, especially in a time of hardship and lack for most others,” she wrote.
In another part of the article, she wrote about the burial being obscene and insensitive.
“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.”
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