A 73-year old Nigerian man, Clement Usoro has stunned his kinsmen after he held his funeral beforehand and built his own grave as he waits calmly for death to wrap its cold hands around him.
Mr. Usoro confidently said in an interview why he charted this path which is not in consonance with African tradition. The aging man said he made the necessary preparations for his death three years ago when he marked his 70th birthday anniversary.
According to him, he has also written his wills but he keeps updating it to “keep up with time.” “I have written my will and will continuously update it to keep up with time. I have built my grave. It is a 9 by 9 feet deep grave. I have also built a mausoleum around it.
“My friend went with me to the coffin site to see the one that I liked. He decided to buy for me. As somebody who is a chief, there are things you have to do before you die or they do after you die” he said.
Chief Usoro further disclosed that he has paid the necessary rites to his co-chiefs by giving “cow” so that his children will know what to worry about after his death. He said he does not want his family to do a ceremony after his demise, adding that a party to celebrate his death is a “waste of money and time.”