Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Burden Of Death: Tribute to Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the Ikemba Nnewi.

Death is nobody's friend except to some people who have sold themselves to devil. They would sound the death knell to themselves and force others to accompany them to hell. For example, suicide bombers who in their quintessential of horrors, force death into the homes of others.

There are those who died because they were of age, while others just die.

It is an imminent call everyone must answer.

The question I want to ask is, why is death such a willing servant or master?

In a funeral I attended, the MC told this story:

It happened that God Himself sent death out to reap the souls of men; when it arrived on earth it met an old woman and demanded for her soul. She begged and said, am just about to start to enjoy my children, come next year. So death left and went after a young man, the young man said to death, let me, at least marry and have children before you take me. So death left him and went for a little child, the child said to it, I just entered the world, you want me to go back so soon? It left the child and went for an old man. The old man said, it's dry season, grave will be too tough to dig now, I don't want my people to suffer digging my grave, come raining season. At raining season, death returned, the old man said nobody can dig grave now, the ground is too soft, it might cave in when it's being dug. In frustration death returned to God empty handed. God ordered His angel to hold death down and, God removed it eyes and ears, so that death became blind and deaf.

Thereafter, God sent death again to mankind, on arrival, being deaf and blind, it opened its hands to everybody. That is why it kills both the young and old. It kills everybody, anybody.

Otherwise, the great Ikemba Nnewi, would have found an excuse or we would have found one for him to live on.

Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu , the Ikemba Nnewi, adiue. May your soul rest in peace.

A personal tribute in honour of Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu by Vincent Okoawo.

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