Pride and Profit: The story of funeral ceremonies

86


funeral ceremonies

But why caricature a man who never had a car with a final ride to the grave in a hired limousine?

By Dr Ugoji Egbujo

A matriarch dies. A frenzy ensues. The story of funerals in southern Nigeria. The real mourning doesn’t last long because the need to impress people at the funeral kicks in immediately. Family members begin to break their heads to raise funds to magnify themselves by a grandiose funeral.

Culture says the dead should be honoured. But why caricature a man who never had a car with a final ride to the grave in a hired limousine? Some who died in cringe-worthy circumstances of abject lack are sometimes buried with stubborn lavishness. Funerals can rightly be carnivals. Life without colorful rituals will be drab. But funerals need not be farcical. They are gradually becoming the summary of our vanity and blooming hypocrisy.

There is a new one. A man’s father dies. One of the man’s audacious friends collects the man’s close and distant friends’ phone…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper