Monday, August 9

Good-Bye - He has Gone Home!

I have been away for a couple of days attending the burial ceremony of my Father In-law ["Ogbuechi"].

It was a 4 day long event packed with various activities/ceremonies which all together form a full burial ceremony in Asaba, Delta State of Nigeria.

The major attire for this burial ceremony was white [for all] as is the tradition in Nigeria when the late person is over 70 years of age.
"White" depicts that he achieved a ripe old age and his death is a celebration of his Life Lived.

The 4 day event rolled out starting with;

  1. The service of songs - which was on the evening of the 1st day for 40 minutes - officiated by a catholic priest and light refreshments followed.
  2. The brief Lying in State in his home, Funeral Mass in church, Internment at his house [he was buried beside his late wife on his premises] and Reception all rolled in to one was on day 2.
  3. The dancehathon by all females and males in the family in the family square occurred on the 3rd day. - the Females did most of the dancing [dressed in white wrappers tied on the chest] we had dance groups and had to dance on the streets to the beat and singing of our groups. The dancing ended with a special gun salute to signify the end of the burial ceremony.
  4. On the fourth day Sunday there was a thanksgiving mass and it was all over.
All in all we successfully sent "Ogbuechi" [as he was fondly called by all and as per tradition] forth back to his Maker. Dust on to Dust!

Rest in Peace Obguechi!