There's nothing so funny about death. Except the way Ghanaians announce it...in english. Yesterday I was walking around town and I saw one, that made me burst out laughing. See
Ghanaians have somehow managed to come up with these very flowery and euphemistic language to announce the passing of our loved ones. And like invitation cards for weddings, we all do it the same way. It's become the proper way to do it. The traditional way...I would bet my last pesewa that if you were to die today, your poster which will go on trees, and concrete walls would have one of the following headings:
1. Home calling
2. Call to glory
3. Celebration of life
4. Gone, but not forgotten
5. A mighty tree has fallen
6. Ascension to glory
7. What a shock!
8. In loving memory
9. Promotion to glory
Of course it would also announce among other things that Ebusuapanyin so and so regrets to tell the world that the Asona family has lost Mr /Miss/Dr so and so alias money yɛ swine who had 13 grandchildren, all in the US or UK, and who has so and so degrees. But the headline is what kills me. And you won't get to choose. But let me just say to my family. If you're listening, I beg. Don't use "What a shock!" or "A mighty tree has fallen" for me when I die. Please :)
Can you think of any other popular headlines announcing funerals?
Also, I just discovered, in doing the research for this post, that there's a Ghana funerals website. It's called funeralsinghana
What a shock!