I decided to write on this topic topic because of an incident that occurred in Nigeria today. The airline conveying the body of late Governor of Ondo State to his home town for burial crashed in Lagos. killing some and leaving some with serious injuries the late governor's body was accompanied by his son, relatives and some other government officials.
how is this story relevant you may asked?
To begin with, In Yoruba land and society, this type of situation and death is refer to as 'Akufa'. Akufa refer to a situation where by several untimely death occurred withing small time frame after the death of a person in a family, household or town in general. This type of people is said not to have died alone but take others along to accompany them. Hence the word Akufa, Aku means to die, fa means to draw or draw along.
What causes Akufa?
Akufa occurs when the spirit of the dead is not at peace or is angry at the living. Also in Yoruba land, every household or town have its own way of performing rite of passage after the dead of their household or town members, when this rite are neglected or not down properly, it can cause Akufa withing that house hold or town. Irrespective of your belief system you need to observe this tradition to avoid calamity.
Can this type of death be avoided or averted?
The answer is
yes. It can be avoided and averted through Ifa consultation and making necessary sacrifice to appease the spirit of the dead so as not to take
other people along and also giving offering to the ancestors to grant the
deceased peaceful entrance to Orun ( heaven). Also rite of passage for the departed spirit needs to be down.
Let us do it the way it suppose to be done, so the it can be the way it suppose to be.