I Feel Okay Carrying Dead Bodies: Lady who Has Been Selling Coffins for 7 Years Speaks

I Feel Okay Carrying Dead Bodies: Lady who Has Been Selling Coffins for 7 Years Speaks

  • Ofodum Jovita Oraneli, is a bold Nigerian lady who has been in the business of making and selling caskets for the past 7 years
  • The businesswoman stated that she feels quite okay carrying dead bodies as she perceives it as a way of rendering help to both the deceased and the bereaved
  • The woman also spoke on the widespread belief that casket makers engage in voodoo practices as well as pray for people to die

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Buying and selling caskets is a business venture not many would consider even if they were presented the opportunity and resources, but it is what Ofodum Jovita Oraneli does for a living.

The Nigerian lady from the eastern part of Nigeria also drives ambulances in addition to selling and making caskets - a business she has been doing for 7 years now.

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Ofodum Jovita Oraneli, makes and sells coffins, 7 years
Jovita said the work has taught her to do good always. Photo Credit: @bbcnewspidgin
Source: UGC

Jovita speaks on the widespread belief that casket sellers engage in voodoo practices

In an interview with BBC News Pidgin, the businesswoman said she feels okay with the job as she considers it a help rendered to the dead and their bereaved loved ones.

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Jovita added that it is a bad omen for one to die without anyone available to lay the person to rest.

On casket sellers being voodoo patronisers, Jovita gave an insight into what she actually does.

"People say we engage in voodoo practices for the business. They also say we pray for people to die.
"Prayer is prayer. Anyone who puts an item for sale prays that customers show interest in the item.
"So, I pray for customers to come, but I don't pray for anyone to die. So, let those already dead be buried - those are my customers," she said in pidgin.

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On lessons learnt, Jovita revealed that the business has taught her to be good always as someday she'd also die and leave everything behind.

Social media reacts

@princenedu_ said:

"You de pray to sell market but you no wan make anybody die…. Words of wisdom."

@don.c.madu said:

"I love to see strong women like this.
"You will live long mama. God bless you."

@richardomosomofa said:

"She dey pray say those wen don die make dem bury dem. But she no dey pray make persin die. See lines na."

@christyogholoh said:

"I no go fit do this business, even though I know say I go die one day, but I no go fit. To even drive behind ambulance for traffic, I dey fear."

@creamie_sugarr said:

"Omo I nor fit even near casket talk more of the one wey human being dey insideI respect her."

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