Obi Cubana, opulent grandiosity and freedom to celebrate. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the Internet and USAfrica magazine (Houston, Texas). @Chido247
Obi ‘Cubana’ Iyiegbu, young billionaire from Oba in Anambra State of Nigeria, is the most talked about personality, socialite, businessman leading the trending scale on virtually all the social media platforms across Nigeria, since July 15 to July 18, 2021.
Possibly, it will linger longer. It’s a reflection of the unmatched scale of the burial ceremony, upper-scale reception, show of appreciation and support by his friends, Nollywood stars, politicians and musicians and his Community. All, in honor of his late mother, Ezinne Iyiegbu. It was officiated at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, in Oba.
The event stood out, especially, for its opulent grandiosity, “Naira rain” and showering of very expensive gifts. For those, and may be other reasons, debates are raging from all corners of the world.
Essentially, depending on your “taste” and inclination, it is Obi’s right and privilege as well as a reflection of the man’s capacity to bury his mother as he wishes with his resources. Otherwise, for the critics and conservative Igbo, has been a weekend of decadent exhibitionism and relative overreach.
Whichever is your inclination and assessment, Obi has done what he wants to do for his mother. But beyond the chatter and debates, I say: may Ezinne Iyiegbu rest in peace!