“Dad have you written your will?” my friend asked her dad.
I watched the man wince. Her mother looked at her disapprovingly in utter disbelief “My husband will not die in Jesus name. What kind of stupid question is that? This children of nowadays do not know how to talk” she went on to throw a tantrum.
I watched the whole scene play out and my friend was just transfixed in shock. She was just trying to help. It occurred to me that once the topic of will is broached in Africa, people start casting and binding.
“It’s not me that will die.”
“Why would I tempt God?”
It doesn’t matter how learned they are. The fear of death is the beginning of spirituality. They think it’s against their faith to write a will. However, in reality this is not the case.
A will is like routine medical checkup or visits to the doctor. It is a “prevention is better than cure” therapy. It is a document you write out of love and foresight. To ensure the ones you love are not harassed or deprived of what they deserve. It also saves a lot of stress in event of death.
No one wishes for death, but it doesn’t stop death from rearing its ugly head. You need to be sure that in the event that death happens, your family does not suffer for your “fear of death.”
Write a will.
You already pay pension, have savings, investments, assets. Don’t let all your hard work be in vain. Don’t let all the things you hold dear be reduced to nothing or end up in someone else’s pocket or possession, who most likely have no idea of its value.
So, get a lawyer, and draft one. Make your demands known in event of death, include acts of charity and apportion things you own to people or causes you love.
Remember, prevention is better than cure. Save your friends and family the headache. Plan ahead; Call a Lawyer ASAP.
Finally, this is a guide to information you will need to write a will, by Nimi Akinkugbe.