By Muyiwa Olayinka
Oba is a town in Anambra state in the south eastern part of Nigeria. It was formerly the headquarters of the Idemili-South Local Government Area in Anambra State and lies approximately 7 kilometres south of the commercial town of Onitsha along the old Owerri-Onitsha federal road.
Oba was a strategic town during the Biafra civil war that claimed many lives on both sides between 1967 and 1970. The Biafran republic army settled in Oba as their last frontier following the fall of Onitsha. Oba was never in the hands of the Nigerian Army until the end of the war.
I am not here to talk about the sad event in the history of Nigeria but about the good event that happened to this sleepy farming town that has the population of about 40,000 people, according to the 1991 census figures.
On Thursday 16th and Friday 17th of July, 2021, the town was a buzz of activities with an influx of dignitaries, especially from the Nigerian entertainment industry that took the town by storm. The world focused on this sleepy town for two days non stop. Many of them were there to honour one of their own, the hospitality business impresario, Obinna Iyiegbu popularly known as Obi Cubana. Top entertainers like Kanayo O Kanayo, D’banj, Davido, Phyno and others like Kcee and his brother E Money. Zubby Michael, Ubi Franklin, Olakunle Churchill were not left out.
Obi Cubana put his town on the world map with the burial of his late mum, Ezinne Iyiegbu. His mother’s burial which took place on the 16th of July, 2021, will be the point of discussion for a long time, not just in the commercial city of Aba or Anambra but also in Nigeria. This is owing to the lavish spending which took place during the party
The first public show of affection was ignited by his general manager and buddy for life, Cubana chief priest, (Pascal Okechukwu) when he donated 46 cows to his boss. When he asked why he donated 46 and not 50, he said each cow is meant to commemorate 46 years of Obi Cubana. A total of 246 cows were reportedly donated.
From 246 cows donated to the host, to half a billion Naira raised by his friends to support him, N30M worth of casket for his late mum, the $100,000 diamond pendant, 67 private jets that landed Oba to the fleet of over 500 luxury cars, the ceremony was as loud as loud can be. Cubana lost his mother in 2020 but delayed the talk of the town burial till 2021 using the $10,000 diamond pendant to immortalise her and to keep her in his memory.
Choicest wines and expensive drinks flowed ceaselessly with plenty of food to go around, he fed the teeming crowd that graced the occasion. Some celebrities were seen throwing wads of cash to guests who scampered to pick money from the floor, while others were entertained. Many hip hop artists like D’banj climbed the stage dishing his popular songs to wow the crowd. It was two days on entertainment, glamour and bliss
Nigerian top hip hop artist, Wizkid was not present, his birthday coincided with the burial rites. Not even WizKid’s 31st birthday, which was on Friday, was enough to kill Cubana’s shine.
Many Nigerians have been raising eyebrows at the source of Obi Cubana’s wealth after seeing the lavish display of money at his mother’s burial.
Who is Obi Cubana?
Cubana whose real name is Obinna Iyiegbu was born on the 12th of April 1975 at Oba, Anambra state. He clocked the age of 46 in 2021. He is the fourth child and last son of his parents. He went to Central Primary School, where he bagged his first school leaving certificate. He attended Dennis Memorial Grammar School, where he had his Senior School Leaving Certificate.
He then gained admission to the University of Nigeria Nsukka and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He started hospitality business, majoring in night clubbing in 2006, after he founded a Club called Ibiza Club in Abuja to entertain fun-seekers.
He had massive success with the Ibiza club and went ahead to establish Cubana, a hospitality club, to give all-round entertainment and fun, in 2009. Cubana club started in Owerri, Imo State, but today Obi has been able to spread its reach across various states in the country, including Lagos, Abia and Enugu.
While Obi is the chairman of Cubana Group, his close associate Cubana chief priest is the general manager of Cubana, Owerri and others.
Cubana is married. He and Ebele Iyiegbu, who is a lawyer by profession, got married in 2008, and their union has been blessed with four sons.