Photo: Celebrated crime burster, DCP Abba Kyari and other guests at Cubana’s mum’s burial
Nigerian billionaire and nightclub owner, Obi Iyiegbu, aka Obi Cubana, set not a few tongues wagging as he buried his late mother in grand style at the weekend in Oba, Anambra State,with a lavish display of wealth and affluence.
The burial ceremony attracted celebrities, businessmen and women, as well as politicians and some top security agents who turned out in large numbers for the funeral.
This was even as huge amounts of cash was ‘sprayed’ at the event, coupled with the mouth watering gifts he had got from numerous friends for the event.
The donations included cows, foodstuff and drinks. It was reported on several blogs that the businessman got about 300 cows. One of his associates, Cubana Chief Priest, was said to have gifted him 46 cows.
Cubans was said to have received cash donations of over N200m from friends and associates.
Sone of the donors include: Mighty Mighty Umuchu (N1m), Ekene New Age (N1m), Sir Makuachukwu Okeifeadigo (N1m), Wale Cubana (N1m) and Igirigi Uli (N500,000).
He was also said to have bought a diamond chain and pendant from a popular jeweller, Efobi Stephen, which had his late mother’s face engraved on it.
Confirming this, Stephen in a post on his Instagram page, said Cuba asked him to make a chain worth $100,000.
He wrote, “Obi Cubana told me, ‘I want something special to commemorate my mum. What can my $100k do for me’. I told him, ‘Say no more big brother.’”
Cubana’s mother’s funeral rites had started on Thursday, July 15, 2021, with a service of songs and Christian wake, followed by the burial and reception the next day at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Oba Anambra.
The burial thanksgiving service is also scheduled for Sunday, July 18, at the Good Shepherd Anglican Church, also in Oba.
People who could not attend the event physically also had the opportunity of watching it online, as it was live streamed on the Internet.
The plethora of guests sprayed Obi Cubana with 200, 500 and 1,000 naira notes in an apparent display of ostentation and in one of the videos, two guests were seen having a playful cash fight as they threw wads of money at each other, while other guests looked on.
Veteran actor, Kanayo O. Kanayo also took to social media to show off bundles of N500 notes he planned to spend at the party.
The deceased was eventually interred in a golden casket, said to be worth about N30m.
Among the prominent guest celebrities were a member of the House of Representatives and Club Quillox’s proprietor, Shina Peller; pop stars, Davido; D’banj, Alex Ekubo, Kenneth Okonkwo (Kcee), Emeka Okonkwo (E-Money), Poco Lee and Ubi Franklin.