Legendary singer and traditionalist Pericoma is dead
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February 16, 2017

Legendary singer and traditionalist Pericoma is dead

Ichie Mezuo Pericomo Okoye, Arusi Makaja 1, aka Pericoma died recently and his burial will take place today Thursday 16 February 2017.

Pericoma who hails from Arondizuogu in Imo State is known for his popular music and legendary traditional medicine which caused an encounter in Upper Iweka, Onitsha during the early 2000s.

According to a version of the incident, Pericoma was heading to somewhere enroute Onitsha but was apprehended by tax collectors who lifted him and started dragging him to their office.

Pericoma was said to have used charms on them and the tax collectors could not put him down nor move further.

Entreaties from passersby and offering of yam tubers in form of sacrifice were finally able to convince the traditionalist to let go of his victims after some hours. The incident was to become the theme of several movies and songs that rolled out in the coming years including the famous term “Pericoma na-anyi ajo aro” ie Pericoma is too heavy.


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