Onyeka Onwenu condemned the lavish display at the funeral and said it was insensitive since it came at a time when most Nigerians are suffering poverty and lack.
She added that at the end of the day, it’s different strokes for different folks. She explained that her mother wanted an elaborate burial and she promised her days before her death that she will get the lavish burial she wants. She said she fulfilled this promise to her mother, even though the burial was not on the same scale as Obi Cubana’s mother.
She said that, on her part, she has directed her family on how to bury her when she dies. She said she wants it to be a quiet and private burial.
Writing for PremiumTimes, the singer, actress, and author 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.
“My mother, on the other hand, wanted a different burial and I promised to give her want she wanted. On her hospital bed, just three days before she passed away, I reinforced that promise – it was important to her and she died knowing that I would keep my word. Hope Onwenu’s burial was nothing like what took place in Oba recently but it was elaborate and pretty expensive. Still I had the satisfaction that I kept my promise.
“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.