Nana Otafrija troupe professional pallbearers

Bottomline: Celebrating the lives that the dead led they spread a wave of celebration through song and dance putting smiles on the faces of the bereaved creating a joyful atmosphere eliminating the sombre mood that comes with the loss of a loved one.

Africa is the only place one should live and die, the continent surprises even its original inhabitants with foreigners trooping in droves to learn about the developments. Some view it as an attraction whereas view it as backwardness thus coining the ‘dark’ continent phrase this doesn’t bother us since we are Africans and Africa is our business.

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Funerals are important occasions in Africa making it a serious business from the professional mourners of Kenya who are hired to mourn in funerals to show how the deceased was loved by those close to him after he or she abandoned the village in search or greener pastures in the city to the professional dancing pallbearers of Ghana who have taken the internet by storm during this #CoronaLockDownPeriod suffocating social media with those 30 second video clips showcasing their majestic expertise pall-bearing funeral dance as they accompany the dead to their final resting place.

 

These pallbearers don’t mourn the dead instead they choreograph the funeral with music and color adding glamour with their songs and dance transforming the traditional ways in which the dead are mourned. According to Benjamin Aidoo the owner and leader of Nana Otafrija Pall-Bearing service a pioneer in the field he ventured into the activity in 2007 as a means of earning money to finance his high school education only to realize there was a gap he could fill if he was creative enough professionalization.

In what began as an experiment, it has picked up across the region as more people accepted the practice which is neither anchored in Christianity or African Traditional Society. Aidoo has successfully professionalize pall bearing with his Nana Otafrija troupe being an industry leader having invested heavily on attires, physical fitness, songs and dance choreography employing more than 100 youths. This has spurred emergence of multiple pall bearing troupes not only in Ghana but the entire West African region thus reducing the already ballooning youth unemployment in the region.

To watch video click on the linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on27mZJSKhs&t=30s

Celebrating the lives that the dead led they spread a wave of celebration through song and dance putting smiles on the faces of the bereaved creating a joyful atmosphere eliminating the sombre mood that comes with the loss of a loved one.

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