A 73-year old Nigerian man has ‘broken tradition’ after he literally dug his own grave and celebrated his funeral before he embarks on the journey of no return.
Identified as Clement Usoro, the septuagenarian spoke with BBC Pidgin in an interview and revealed the inspiration behind his strange approach to the foregoing subject which is completely not parallel to the African setup.
According to him, he has also written his wills but he keeps updating it to “keep up with time.” “I have written my will and will continuously update it to keep up with time. I have built my grave. It is a 9 by 9 feet deep grave. I have also built a mausoleum around it.
“My friend went with me to the coffin site to see the one that I liked. He decided to buy for me. As somebody who is a chief, there are things you have to do before you die or they do after you die” he said.
Chief Usoro further disclosed that he has paid the necessary rites to his co-chiefs by giving “cow” so that his children will know what to worry about after his death. He said he does not want his family to do a ceremony after his demise, adding that a party to celebrate his death is a “waste of money and time.”
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