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Death for Sale!

Feature Article Death for Sale!
JUN 26, 2023 LISTEN

“Obama is right.....we Africans would rather die in the perilous waters of Lampedusa in search of a better life in Italy than cruise in the Titan just to catch a glimpse of the Titanic.”

Would you pay Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand dollars ($250, 000, 00) to travel 13,000 feet underwater just to catch a glimpse of the wreckage of an old, decrepit ship which sank over a century ago, drowning over 1500 passengers?

Even if the angels of God indemnified me against every conceivable danger, l would still not embark on such a suicide mission for anything. The thought of such a grandiose frivolity gives me butterflies in my stomach.

Not even a trip to Mars or to the Moon would allure me to undertake such a pompous tour. We Africans have a frugal mentality that keeps us out of unnecessary trouble and this kind of inordinate recklessness and malevolence is one of them.

I am not surprised no African was part of this doomed trip. For which pure African from Afiadenyigba or Azizaglo Kofe would venture into the belly of the sea in search of the skeletal remains of a ship that killed its tenants a century ago in a coffin boat?

Why would anyone arouse the spirit of the dead in their uneasy sleep in such a dangerous place? Sounds to me like taunting the dead and profiting from their misadventure.

Let's call spade a spade; the poorer you are, the richer and wiser your behavior, but the richer you are, the surer and poorer is your inclination toward frivolity. Those unfortunate people who lost their lives in the Titan....if they were poor, would they venture into deep sea tourism in the abyss of the Atlantic Ocean? They would rather have a date with Daavi Afiwa's chop bar incorporated than turn themselves into human fishes competing with sharks for space in the bottomless ocean.

Obama is right.....we Africans would rather die in the perilous waters of Lampedusa in search of a better life in Italy than cruise in the Titan just to catch a glimpse of the Titanic.

Where there is food and a little money to remit relatives back home, we Africans would commit to undertake dangerous expeditions of any kind. But we will not roam the bottom of the sea just to disturb the spirits of the dead or catch a glimpse of a decrepit ship!

I don't get it. What is the attraction for a voyage to an accident site that occurred long before we were born, which contributes nothing to human knowledge except to profit the organizers whose only inclination is to make more money out of pure fantasy?

It was Titanic at first, and now it is the Titan! Titanus would be next! It is only a matter of time.

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