I’m an African But… Burn Me When I Am Dead

Holla, Stars!!!✨ I legit just screamed that… LOL. I’m very pumped to announce to the Galaxy that our favourite series, “I’m an African but…” is back!

Gosh, can you tell how excited I am about that?😁 So, Valentine Makoni and I have been getting requests from people wanting to join this series we wrapped up HERE last year, which had eight beautiful entries from five different African countries.

Well, here is another unusual “I’m an African but…” conversation stemming from Lesotho 🇱🇸. Enjoy. Engage.


I know you are probably wondering why a 21-year-old is thinking of death especially since talking about death to Africans is what blasphemy is to Christians. Thoughts of what I wanted after my demise began plaguing me from a young age because I knew for a fact that I did not want to get buried. It is not a result of Covid-19!

I remember attending my grandfather`s funeral and getting a cripple of anxiety when the casket went underground. At the time, I did not understand what was going on as I was too young to fathom my feelings into words. One thing I knew for sure was that the feeling was different from the anguish of losing my favourite person.

The feeling reoccurred at every funeral I attended afterward when the casket went six feet under. I would feel suffocated as though I was the one who was being buried. Fortunately, being a reader that I am: I stumbled upon cremation. It was my A-HA moment!

Perhaps the thought of suffocating in a casket stemmed from my many asthma attacks which trouble me. The asphyxiation I get is indescribable. I know that once I am dead, I won’t need oxygen but the thought of being stuck in that box then further be buried absolutely terrifies me. I often find myself gasping for air each time I am at a burial, thankful that I still have the luxury of breathing. Not necessarily for the gift of life but of having oxygen in my lungs. I can completely take being burned to crisp any day.

I know I probably sound weird but I promise you that I am completely normal with a dose of craziness here and there. (Jokes! Not really.) Cremation just makes so much sense to me. Besides the fact that I will avoid possibly turning into worms in the near future (or whatever happens once one is underground) it will also save on costs which walk hand in hand with a burial.

Of course, in my culture burying someone is important because they will soon turn to ancestors. However, who said cremation erases my becoming one? I believe it is my spirit rather than the body that matters.

What’s more, it won’t be necessary for a lot of people that I have not spoken to in years to swarm my house like bees for two weeks depriving my loved ones of privacy to grief. As soon as I am cremated, my family will hold an hour-long service and serve guests platters and wine. Speeches will be kept short because people tend to overstate the life of the deceased.

Whatever happens to my ashes is solely up to my loved one, as long as they don’t bury my body 6 feet under. I know you are probably scowling at me thinking that I want to turn my back on my culture by not slaughtering a cow. Yet, these are my wishes. I am an African but…. Burn me when I am dead.


I’m Poloko Mokoai, born and raised in a small Southern African country landlocked by South Africa known as Lesotho 🇱🇸. From a young age, I always preferred journals over dolls so I could create various worlds different from mine hence I decided to begin my BLOG to share some African fictional stories. I am honored to have joined the “I’m an African but…” blog chain which I found on Bolaji Gelax’s page.

So Star, here is another chance to join the blog chain. All you have to do is to write about something you are expected to be, do or like as an African but you so not like or are not. After which, you can send to gelaxchatroom@gmail.com & valentinemakoni@gmail.com, and we will share on our platforms and yours, of course.

Do you enjoy this episode? It’s the ninth one in the series, you’d also like episodes onetwothreefourfivesixseven and eight.


Bolaji Gelax

Hey, Star! Thanks for stopping by my world. I'm a gorgeous, sassy radio junkie who enjoys playing devil's advocate. I love everything that makes me happy, which includes the Stars in my #Galaxy. They call me MISS FLOWERY because I bring good vibes, love and light. Feel free to explore my world ❤✨

19 thoughts on “I’m an African But… Burn Me When I Am Dead

  1. Makes sense surprisingly…one can even argue that connecting to the spiritual is faster with cremation. 2pac crew smoked his ashes so he could live in them. Lol.

    Who knows if “Our” ancestors prefer cremation.

    It also goes a long way in conserving burial grounds. Right?🤔

    But the intense heat😨…oh dead already!

  2. I enjoyed reading this and I totally understand her point.
    Hey we’re a new generation of Africans so it’s okay to want, be or do things differently.

    1. I must say I’m a bit surprised that there are many Africans who like the idea of cremation. Quite interesting actually 😁

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Jo🤗😘

    1. Yes, Poloko is a good writer.

      Heheheee… I just pictured the look on an African family faces when a lawyer reads that part of the will out😂🤣. Naso you go dey hear, “Tufiakwa!” “Ewo o!” “Abomination!” “Not in this family!” “Lailai!”

  3. Personally, I, too, have always liked the idea of cremation. Maybe because I watched (and still watch) too many Indian and Asian movies where it was done. It always seemed more profound and, let’s be honest, saves a lot of space, too.

    I really do not like the thought of being stuck beneath the earth rotting and being eaten by worms. Burn me, baby! Sprinkle my ashes so that even in death, I fly free not stay confined. If you want a memorial, you could keep some ash for yourself along with a couple of mementos like the Asians do.

    I just might insist on it in a Will or something. Who knows?

    1. It’s the “Burn me, baby!” for me 😂🤣

      At this rate, we might be changing your continentality. (Yeah, I know that’s not a word but hey, we gatz cruise it now😆🤭)


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