Obi Cubana and the Oba Burial – Reuben Abati

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Reuben Abati

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Death and funeral sociology is a major component of African cosmogony. Parents hope that their children will survive them so that they can be buried properly.

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They compare it to how, when a fire dies in the hearth, ashes replace it, and when a banana tree withers, a sapling shoots in its stead. When Africans die, it is thought that they have just crossed over into another dimension and become ancestors, therefore a burial ceremony serves as a send-off

 

A young person’s death, on the other hand, is regarded as a tragedy. This is why obituaries begin with sad statements like “The wicked have done their worst,” “We love you but the Lord loves you more,” or “A Painful Exit.”

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As in “With Total Submission to the Will of God…”, “Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’un,” the tone of the elegy at a funeral is a function of the circumstances of the death or the religious leaning of the family. Age does play a role. You’re more likely to witness announcements like “A Glorious Exit,” “With Gratitude for a Life Well Spent,” or “Celebration of Life” if the deceased lived to a ripe old age.

 

The death of an elderly man or woman is referred to among the Yoruba of the South West as “oku eba,” or “a transition worth celebrating,” with big dollops of cassava paste. Other ethnic groups in the country bury their dead in a variety of ways. The burial of the dead is done quickly among Muslims in general, in accordance with Islamic edicts.

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Even if Muslims in the South West of Nigeria still find an excuse to throw lavish parties that have more to do with the people’s culture than religion, the simplicity, solemnity, and dignity of Muslim burials is incomparable to anything else I’ve seen, even if Muslims in the South West of Nigeria still find an excuse to throw lavish parties that have more to do with the people’s culture than religion. The Yoruba are described as the “fun-loving people of South-West Nigeria” by one dictionary. However, the style of burials, the breadth of rites, the magnitude, and the tone are all reflections of cultural norms and dominant values in Nigeria, at both the community and individual levels.

 

What’s remarkable is how the death of a cherished family member can turn into a cause for celebration, and the reasons for this are as complicated and varied as Nigerian society itself.

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In this regard, something happened last week in Oba, Anambra State, Nigeria: the funeral of the mother of a man known as Obi Cubana, which appears to be a metaphor for the collapse of values in Nigeria as a whole, the effect of poverty – spiritual, mental, and physical – and how it drives people to desperate measures. Although the funeral of Cubana’s mother, who died at the age of 75, was considered as a type of celebration, it was a sumptuous send-off that was very vulgar. Oba has surely never seen anything like that. Nobody has ever organised anything so loud and extravagant in the entire state of Anambra. This was not a memorial service. It was a money-themed party. In November 2020, Obi Cubana’s mother passed away. It took him more than seven months to plan the funeral, and when he decided it was time for the dead to be sent forth, he intended to organise the mother of all graves, so that even the living would be envious of the dead and yearn to die. The only problem is that few Nigerians would like to die knowing that not everyone will be buried in that manner. Oba is a tranquil community of nine settlements located between Onitsha, the commercial capital, and Nnewi, the industrial capital.

 

It was the Biafran Army’s last line of defence during the civil war. But for the funeral of the mother of a specific Obi Cubana, that community will be remembered for a long time. The influence of social media and Cubana’s pals in this storey is remarkable: how a country lost its moral centre and generated a generation of new Nigerians who love money, ego, and kudi.

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The level of excitement produced by young Nigerians who were unable to attend Oba but who watched the event on social media and got enthralled is indicative of the magnitude of the country’s crisis.

 

The spectacle had begun to develop by Friday. The burial’s social media managers, who appeared to have been hired to do so – they’re known as influencers – told us about the Obi Cubana Festival of Money and showed us pictures. The first video I saw was of a young man throwing Naira notes around on the streets as if he were handing out candy to children. The bills were in bundles, bright new bills, and as each bundle was thrown into the crowd, people threw themselves to the ground and rushed to pick up pieces. This reminded me of a John the Baptist performance.

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Many of Cubana’s friends and guests were about to arrive, and many of them had already written on Instagram about how much money they planned to spend. Naira notes in cartons. A group of ladies were shown swimming in a pool, while others were seen loitering around, barely dressed, all of whom appeared to have altered their biological features. Among a certain group of Nigerian women, this is now standard procedure. They have a breast augmentation and a surgical, traffic-stopping butt, and they all look the same, bleached to their knuckles, with false hair, odd eyelashes that protrude like pins, and, of course, foreign accents that are a mix of every dialect from Wales to the Midwest.

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The boys at the pool tossed money into the water, and the girls hurried to get their portion. Throughout the internment, this was the trend. Naira notes, or rather bundles of Naira notes, were flung around, sprayed, and glued with such abandon that you’d believe this was a future Olympics game where the participants were practising for a Gold Medal. Obi Cubana was right in the middle of it all. In one film, a woman known only as Livy was seen throwing so many money bundles at Cubana that he yelled that he needed a chest X-Ray! I also thought an ambulance should have been on standby because money was being thrown around like cement blocks. In this case, a headline like “Killed by Money at Cubana’s Mother’s Burial” would have been appropriate. Obi Cubana received about 300 million Naira in contributions from his friends to bury his mother, according to later reports. He also received over 100 rams and 400 cows, 46 of which came from a man named Cubana Priest, who not only announced the donation but also stated that it was only the beginning.

 

The man himself, Cubana, did not disappoint. He was wearing a diamond pendant worth N50 million. His mother’s casket, which had to be specifically imported from elsewhere, was believed to cost around N40 million.

The funeral became a topic for social media punditry and the invention of emojis as a result of this extraordinary money celebration. Some speculated that Obi Cubana’s mother was already a saint in Heaven, sitting on the Almighty’s right-hand side. We have no proof because no one has been to Heaven to confirm it.

Others suggested that, given the amount of money spent on the burial, Nigeria’s government approach Obi Cubana for a loan and stop bothering China, the IMF, and the World Bank. Others were concerned about the source of the cash that was being strewn about like confetti. Banks in Nigeria will also tell you that they don’t have any new notes.

They hand out filthy notes to their clients. Over the weekend, however, Oba had more crisp, mint notes in circulation than the entire Nigerian banking system. And the notes were tampered with.

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Sections 5, 21 (4-5) of the Nigerian Central Bank Act prescribe penalties for the misuse of the country’s currency. The law prohibits the sale, purchase, and plunking of the Naira and imposes penalties of six months in prison or a fine of N50,000, whichever is greater.

The penalties are so light that I don’t believe they mean anything to Cubana and his ilk. And why should it disturb them when the Oba funeral was attended by the same law enforcement officers who should know that abusing the Naira is illegal (truth: police officers joined others to collect the notes that fell on the floor), as well as MPs and renowned politicians. No one should be surprised if Cubana becomes a Governor or Senator tomorrow.

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He’s successfully used his mother’s funeral to demonstrate that he has money and the courage to spend it. Nigerians are obsessed with money. And it was for this reason that the popular saying over the weekend was: “Who no dey Oba, na wahala him get?” Women were degraded and turned into objects. Those who had not seen their girlfriends or wives were advised to travel to Oba, Anambra State. And there was a video of a woman who collected up to three large bags of cash by simply picking money off the floor like a beggar! Nollywood celebrities flocked to be seen and heard. On Instagram, one well-known actor got so carried away that he started acting like an Area Boy. I’m not going to name him because he’s a man I admire greatly. In Nigeria, money is a devil. Even the most enlightened become clowns as a result of it.

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So-called celebrities, some of these characters who describe themselves as brands (whatever that means!) served as ushers, bodyguards, “all-right-sirs,” and videographers at Obi Cubana’s mother’s funeral. Obi Cubana has every right to bury his mother in the manner of his choosing. But who is he, exactly? What was his source of income? What is the amount of tax he pays to the Nigerian government? The Oba’s burial is now over, but all that will be remembered is the Bacchanal orgy of money. I doubt half of those in attendance even knew who Cubana’s mother was. What kind of individual was she? How did she fit in with the rest of the neighbourhood? Did she ever come across, handle, or spend a bundle of crisp Naira notes? Who are Obi Cubana’s relatives? Is he even related to his siblings or extended family? They had all gone blank! Crum was a term used to describe members of the Oba community.

 

Is he even related to his siblings or extended family? They had all gone blank! Crumb eaters were advertised as members of the Oba community.

 

They fought to catch the Naira notes that had been flung into the air. They stood back and watched the invaders on the money-miss-road from a safe distance. They fought over the last crumbs of cow-meat barbeque when it was all over and the waka-come-Cubana throng had left. They were reminded of their poverty in a powerful way.

Obi Cubana is unlikely to return to that neighbourhood unless he needs to organise another show-off. Wouldn’t it have been better if he had established a hospital in memory of his mother? Or even a school? Or even a church? Then people would remember her for who she was, not for how her son and his pals humiliated her at her funeral.

 

 

 

 

And who are these acquaintances? I’m not familiar with the names that have been mentioned: Pablo Cubana, Escoba, Jowizaza, Livy, Cubana Priest, E-Money, Internet Money Is the Nigerian Immigration Service, which is in charge of aliens and expatriates, the Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC), which is in charge of National Identity Registration, and the Ministry of Interior Affairs, which is in charge of Homeland Security, aware of their presence in Nigeria? What are their names? And why do they spend so much money? Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet aren’t going to fling money around like that!

 

Otunba’s last resting place Mike Adenuga’s mother’s burial in 2005 has been likened to Cubana’s mother’s, and Otunba Adenuga should feel belittled. It’s a ridiculous analogy. The point has been made that after Adenuga buried his mother, he donated a cow to each street in his hometown of Ijebu-Igbo. Yeah. But there were no cleavage-baring women, bleached from head to toe, with false physiognomy and a mass of superfluous protoplasm, promenading here and there with shameless, bedmatic display. Oba gave us a new definition of womanhood last weekend.

 

My point is about taste, class, and morals, not dramatisation or people’s freedom to live their own lives. I’d also like to mention that the mother of former Access Bank Managing Director Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, was buried around the same time in Lagos in the Tafawa Balewa Square.

 

The contrast is startling, but I bring it up because it also tells something about Nigeria: the formation of two polarised publics, both seemingly powerful, whose difference is the inherited future of our children as a result of Nigerian politicians’ failures.

 

The burial of Apostle Mrs Aig Imoukhuede was a solemn, elegant affair attended by Nigeria’s political, corporate, and civil society establishments. It was a celebration of a woman who had distinguished herself in her own right and whose achievements in that regard were appropriately highlighted.

 

Her first son, the banker, investor, philanthropist, and friend of every prominent individual, was not remembered at the funeral. It was, unsurprisingly, a memorial to her life. There was no need to squander money.

 

There would have been no need to transform Mrs Imoukhuede’s burial into a money festival even if she had been a vendor at Oyingbo market. Despite this, the wealthiest and most powerful Nigerians with the strongest pedigree were present. Two burials in one weekend, two separate stories! I’ll leave it to you to see how far you can stretch the analogy.

 

My argument has been made: Nigeria is in jeopardy. Young Nigerians love money and fakery as a result of a failed leadership. The gentrified class sends their children to the top schools in the world, but those same youngsters will return to a country that has been taken over by the Oba bunch, who are, unfortunately, Nigeria’s future. Our condolences to Obi Cubana and Aig Imoukhuede.

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