Monday, November 21, 2016

As seen on facebook: Amadioha loves ukazi soup

So I saw this hilarious post on my timeline on facebook and thought I should share. Read...

Last time I attended a burial, I was mourning, not the dead, but the senseless wastefulness I witnessed.

The crowd of villagers, the different dancing troupes, the live band groups, the priests and pastors with their fancy white gowns... Festivity was in the air.

Nope, this wasn't the burial of a wealthy man. He was just an ordinary villager who couldn't send any of his kids to school, living in a very old dilapidating structure of a house.

As soon as the burial rites were done and the grave was closed up, the festival began. Plates of rice started flying everywhere. The Ogene singers and church live band started a "madness competition", with the noise of their music renting the air. The cultural troupe was dancing in front of their own 'cooler' of rice. A commotion erupted in one of the canopies. They were demanding egusi soup but ogbono soup was given to them. They will not take it.

The in-laws were shouting. Where is there own pounded yam? No, they will not take Semo, it must be pounded yam, according to tradition. Nobody should tamper with their meats and drinks.

The priests and pastors were under their own canopy. They don't eat like mere mortals. Rice and stew with salad and all manner of condiments I don't know. Huge chunk of chickens, wine and juice..... It was heavenly!!

Then Umuada, those noisy village women were bickering in their own corner. There should be a mixture of egusi and ogbono soup for them. It is their right! They will not take only egusi. BTW, anybody who has not paid burial levy should not touch the food ooo. Where is mama Uche? Guard that pot of meat!

It was all madness! A typical Igbo burial.

And the comments that followed got me rolling on the floor with laughter

Chidera said "Oh that... Where I'm from, Nnewi to be precise, at least three cows must be killed. They killed six for my grandmother. And you would come to find out that people don't even care about the person who died, but the amount of ofe onugbu that was available. Which explains why you'd hear the villagers say something like _"imakwa na burial ndi be nwosu, ofe egusi ahu ha siri, na maggi na ogiri atu hia"  "Do you know that the egusi soup they shared in nwosu's burial did not have enough maggi and ogili "  Which leaves you shocked, because why people were actually mourning. Someone was busy checking out the soup that was served.smh"

Fairygodmother said" I laugh at them when my parents grow old and die. They will see things. Unless my elder brother decides to be stupid and throw away money. If not, hahahah (evil laughter) they will be highly surprised. I am ready to go and bury the dead in a public cemetery. Mstcheew.
Daniel said "I can actually relate to this as a typical igbo guy! . . .you cannot serve us rice when it ought to be ukazi with achara. Traditionally, it is a taboo. Hahahahahaha.. Hahaha amadioha loves ukazi soup and schnapps"

Blessing said "I recently attended one burial at mbano, I lost count of the Umu Ada groups. Some claimed to be Umu ada ime uno, Umu ada paternal side, Umu ada maternal side, Umu ada daughter in laws, Umu ada..... I couldn't help but cry for the bereaved family."

And the most hilarious one was  "Even the dead can feel the shame, well I have decided never to die "


Credit : Steve Chike Abia

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  1. Hahaha...Omg! Favour oh, I trust my Igbo brothers and sisters.I have never eaten in any burial, am I weird? I simply hate it.

  2. In my hometown, this extravagant spending during burials has been banned. As a family,if you go contrary to the laid down rules,you will be fined heavily.

  3. I think this pathetic situation runs in most culture in this country. They might not have money to spare when it is to treat sickness but when the individual dies, there'll be enough to cook all manners.

  4. Hahaha the writer is hilarious.

  5. Hehe. The last comment is really the most hilarious.I guess Igbos take it more serious than Yorubas then. Imagine going bankrupt cause of a burial.
    The Confident Woman: Joyce Meyer

  6. Lmao. you did not even mention the expensive casket that one must be buried in.

  7. Even the Church that will conduct the burial too and their requirements?
    When my grandfather died, we had to buy bell a in a big clock for the church.
    Not to talk of the beefing that usually occurs between the children and relatives during the planning process and after the burial.
    " lagbaja is feeling like a rich man, serving his guests orishirishi food, drinks and assorted wine right in my front while the Ushers are serving me common rice and fanta" etc.


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