Ada, Chris Mba’s widow (in white head gear) with the children.
Nature, in the common sense, refers to essences unchanged by man; space, the air, the river, the leaf. Art is applied to the mixture of his will with the same things, as in a house, a canal, a statue, a picture.
But his operations taken together are so insignificant, a little chipping, baking, patching, and washing, that in an impression so grand as that of the world on the human mind, they do not vary the result.
Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable. We must trust the perfection of the creation so far, as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy. Every man’s condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries he would put.
L-R: Chief Tony Okoroji, COSON chairman, Martins Okechukwu Justice a.k.a. J. Martin’s, SSA on Tourism and Entertainment to Gov. Alex Otto and Chief Uche Emeka Paul COSON board member
Friday August 25, witnessed the return to mother Earth of the remains of Chris Mba, the great Nigerian singer, in his hometown of Umuhuaba in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State.
The wood tinted coffin containing the body of the late vivacious performer was draped with the flag of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) as it was lowered into the grave.
Chief Tony Okoroji, COSON chairman, was on hand in Umuhuaba to ensure that this important last honour accorded to revered members of the COSON family was extended the late Chris Mba.
Accompanying Chief Okoroji to decorate the casket in Umuhuaba were two frontline members of the COSON Board, Chief Uche Emeka Paul who flew in from Abuja and Sir Angus Power Nwangwu, who came from Enugu.
The burial in Chris Mba’s compound followed a well-attended open air funeral service held at the sprawling field of Umuhuaba Primary School. The funeral service was conducted by several pastors of Living Faith Ministries, also known as Winners Chapel. They were led by Pastor Flourish Moses, PastorvvThomas Okim, Pastor Chinedu Success and many others.
Dr. Alex Otti, Abia State governor, was represented at the service by Martins Okechukwu Justice, popularly known in the entertainment industry as J. Martins, his Senior Special Assistant on Tourism and Entertainment.
Said Okoroji while speaking on the significance of draping the coffin with the COSON flag: “COSON is primarily a copyright collective management organisation. We have however grown the organisation into the nation’s biggest family of creative people. Apart from our now very popular mantra, ‘Let the music pay!’, it is the policy of the COSON family to care for our members both in life and in death. The COSON flag that accompanies the casket into the grave conveys the message that we do not abandon our member even in death.
“We do this for COSON members who have significantly distinguished themselves as creative people. Those who were present at the unforgettable burial of the late Ras Kimono, in Onicha Olona, Delta State, will recall that the casket was draped with the COSON flag as it was lowered. The people of Ora Eri in Anambra State would not have forgotten the significant presence of COSON in 2021 at the burial of the great Gospel music minister and COSON board member, Hon John Ndidika Ewelukwa Udegbunam which attracted over 50 catholic reverend fathers and the Most Rev. (Dr) Peter Okpaleke then a Catholic bishop who thereafter was appointed a Cardinal by His Holiness, Pope Francis. Of course, the casket was draped with the COSON flag. It is the greatest respect the great COSON family can accord our member in death”.
A week before the burial in Abia State, it will be Recalled, COSON rolled out the red carpet in Lagos for a fabulous Red-Carpet Tribute Night at the magnificent COSON House In Ikeja in honour of Chris Mba.
The occasion attended by Chris Mba’s wife, children and almost every member of the COSON Board, was an exceptional event with a unique multimedia presentation titled ‘The Life And Times Of Chris Mba’, which was anchored by COSON’s Snr. Communication Executive, Mandu Uwem Umoh. There was a lot of great live music and dancing at the tribute night.
Chris Mba died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in May.