By Janice Tyo
Nollywood actress, Mary Lazarus, has lamented over the traditions of burying a deceased relative in the South-East region.
According to the actress, the demands made all in the name of tradition is overwhelming.
She revealed her encounter following her mother’s burial, narrating how her village people’s demands were too much and were on the verge of milking her dry.
The actress stated how they made her repeat the same function that had already been done in Lagos state again in the village.
She said: “Planning an Igbo burial is the most stressful thing ever. People that were never part of your life demanding for things they can’t afford, looking for ways to milk you dry.
“Imagine after doing mumsy’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, Thanksgiving and people must eat on each of this four days.
“On the burial day, a woman came in saying “Oh you must serve Reverend food before the corpse gets to the church” she started mentioning Eba separate, Soup separate, rice, chicken, meat, drinks, pepper soup, even Nkwobi.
“How did you know we cooked all these, she said, Nne I know, that’s how it’s done.
Lazarus said she asked her aunty what will happen if they refuse to oblige to all their demands, to which she got the reply that the traditions must be obeyed.
She insisted that the demands of the culture are wrong as it puts people under unnecessary pressure.