By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
It was not just a celebration of life well spent, but a gathering of who is who in Nigeria’s entertainment industry as Obi Iyiegbu, aka Obi Cubana lights up Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State for the burial of his mother
The funeral rites which kicked off on Thursday, July 15, 2021, with a service of songs and Christian wake, followed the burial of Iyiegbu’s late mother in a gold casket said to be N30m.
The nightclub boss also bought a diamond chain and pendant from a popular jeweller, Efobi Stephen, which had his late mother’s face engraved on it.
The reception after the burial featured well known celebrities, business people and politicians like music star, Davido, D Banj, a member of the House of Representatives and Club Quillox’s proprietor, Shina Peller; Senator Uche Ekwunife, Alex Ekubo, Kenneth Okonkwo (Kcee), Emeka Okonkwo (E-Money), Poco Lee Ubi Franklin, Real Estate mogul, Lady Ifeoma, Zuby Michael, William Uchemba, among others.
Iyiegbu’s fame lit not just the entire Anambra State but the internet as people who could not attend the event physically had the opportunity of watching it online, as it was live streamed on the Internet.
In one of the videos that went viral, two of guests were seen having a playful cash fight as they threw wads of money at each other, while other guests looked on.
This was even as huge amounts of cash were ‘sprayed’ at the event, in addition to several gifts he had got before the event, including cows, foodstuff and drinks.
It was gathered that the businessman got about 246 cows, while one of his close associates, Cubana Chief Priest, was said to have given him 46 cows.
Though not yet confirned, a list of 198 friends and assocuates that went viral on social media showed that Iyiegbu got over N200m in cash.
The people on the list include Mighty Mighty Umuchu (N1m), Ekene New Age (N1m), Sir Makuachukwu Okeifeadigo (N1m), Wale Cubana (N1m) and Igirigi Uli (N500,000).
Activities for Mrs Iyiegbu’s funeral is expected to wrap up on Sunday, July 18, 2021 with a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Oba, Anambra State.