Nollywood Actress Mary Lazarus has revealed what she and her family went through before they could bury her mother.
The actress’ mother died in July this year, and her burial rites were recently concluded.
She narrated her unpalatable experience and extortion that comes with burying loved ones in Igbo land.
She wrote on her Instagram page, “Planning an lgbo burial is the most stressful thing ever. People that were never part of your life demanding things they can’t afford, looking for ways to milk you dry.
“Imagine after doing mumsy’s Service of Songs in Lagos; they told us we must repeat it in the village. In this order – Service of Songs, Wake Keep, Burial day, Thanksgiving and people must chop on each of these four days.
“On the burial day, A woman came in saying, “Oh, you must serve Reverend food before corpsgetset to the church”.
She added, “She started mentioning Eba separate, Soup separate, rice, chicken, meat, drinks, pepper soup, even Nkwobi … How did you know we cooked all these t…Nne I Know… That’s how it’s done.
“Okay, ‘how many people? ‘Over 50What? Won’t they come for the reception of the burial?’ No…After we gave them, I saw them at the reception” “They were demanding for their own canopy…After that, you will package money for all the Reverends, and You will package separate food for youths, women.
“Please, can we just bury our mom and Leave? So person wey no get money no fit do burial for village? Igbo culture, you must bury a corpse in the village, especially when the person is influential.
“After pops village, we moved over to mumsy’s village… Those demanded a Fat cow….oh if the cow is slim, we won’t take it. Bring drinks, Canopy; Children must dance and spray money.
I refuse to understand all these people who are supposedly mourning. I asked my Aunty… “If we refuse to do all these nko… What would happen?” She said, ‘Oh, you guys have to; it’s the culture.’
“In my opinion, this is so wrong and puts people under unnecessary pressure … I heard about the story of a guy next to my village that stole a goat because the elders demanded it.
“That was the only way they would attend his mom’s burial. He couldn’t afford it; he begged and begged, they refused. Oga went to a nearby village, stole a goat and presented it to them.
“Owner of the goat, with the help of people, traced her goat to the boy’s house. Elders summoned the boy, and he told them boldly that he stole the goat. I said correctly! I laughed eh, I forgot to ask how they settled the case sef.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.