In these parts, death is taken as seriously as life;sometime even more so. Indeed, in Africa the style in which you bury your dead especially one’s parents is a measure of your stature as a man or woman of means, and is a testament to how well (or not) the dead have raised their children. It’s a paradox.
parts, death is taken as seriously as life;sometime even more so. Indeed, in
Africa the style in which you bury your dead especially one’s parents is a
measure of your stature as a man or woman of means, and is a testament to how
well (or not) the dead have raised their children. It’s a paradox.
incidents told of how some individuals die in penury,completely ignored and
neglected by relatives, only to be given a statesman’s burial! What is the
point I say? Was the burial truly in honour of that person, or was it just
another multi-million ego massaging event designed to ‘boost’ the social
standing of the living?Perhaps that’s why people are not taking chances and are
taking care of the business of the ‘here after’ personally.
unheard of for one to purchase one’s final resting place while one is still
living. Indeed, the death is big business.
It is not
across a story in which it was reported that in Ghana, people are snapping up
tombs like hot cakes. And not just in private cemeteries and vaults but also in
public burial spaces. Ghana, it is reported, boasts of very well preserved
public burial sites so the rich elite didn’t see anything wrong in burying
their dead there —unlike here, where our rich bourgeois engineer do anything to
maintain that strict divide between rich and poor.
this story particularly interesting for me was how it went on to say that not
only were these tomb spaces going really fast but that people were actually
accessing loans offered by banks in Ghana who have devised ‘special loan
packages’ for the funding of funerals. Wow!
to finance the business of living as opposed the business of dying. No be who don chop belle full, change remain na imdey think of
buying sleeping space for eternity. I strongly believe that if
you have to borrow money to buy a burial spot then you are not yet ready for
I would have thought that a loan was better acquired
pay as you go and you start paying it from when you are in your 20s then that’s
a plan. Then what happened to the practice of giving our children the privilege
(?) of burying us?
inferring that we are raising children that we do not trust to do right by us?
Or is the loan meant to ease their burden? What if the one who acquired the
loan dies before offsetting it, who carries the can?
it is to me though, you have to admit that it is a brilliant business plan.
Recognise the aspirational desires of a people, provide the service, and what’s
more provide the means to avail yourself of that service… brilliant! I have no
concrete proof but I’m willing to bet good money that it was a Nigerian!
As absurd as