Nollywood star, Mary Lazarus, on Wednesday recounted her experience during her mother’s funeral, as she stated that her kinsmen milked her dry with their demands.
In an Instagram post, the actress lamented that planning an Igbo burial was very stressful, as she listed the demands she had to carry out as part of her mother’s burial rites.
Lazarus said, “Planning an Igbo burial is the most stressful thing ever. People that were never part of your life demanding things they can’t afford, and looking for ways to milk you dry.
“Imagine, after doing my mummy’s Service of Songs in Lagos, they told us we must repeat it in the village; in this order: Service of Songs, Wake Keep, Burial day, and Thanksgiving, and people must eat on each of these four days.”
According to Lazarus, a kinswoman asked her and her siblings to serve assorted meals to the Reverend Father before her mother’s corpse gets to the church. The meal should serve over 50 people, she was told.
She continued, “After we gave them, I saw them at the reception and they were demanding for their own canopy.
“After that, ‘you will package money for all the Reverends. You will package separate food for youths and women.’
“Please can we just bury our mom and leave? So someone without money cannot conduct a burial in the village? In lgbo culture, you must bury a corpse in the village, especially when the person is influential.”
Lazarus stated that her father’s kinsmen asked for a fat cow, stating that, ‘If the cow is slim, we won’t take it.”
When she asked her aunty if all the demands were necessary, the older woman replied that it is part of the culture and went on to tell her a story about a man that stole a goat because of his mother’s burial in the village.