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Ghana's Dancing Pallbearers Share Coronavirus Message

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Ghana's Dancing Pallbearers Share Coronavirus Message

Ghana's iconic dancing pallbearers have shared a video thanking 'all the doctors in the world', following their resurgence to viral fame during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The pallbearers first went viral back in 2017, after BBC Africa shared footage showing how they dance flamboyantly while carrying coffins.

They then found a second wave of fame recently amid the coronavirus pandemic, with social media users using them as something of a dark-humoured meme.

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Off the back of that, the group have now shared a message about the current situation, saying they 'want thank all the doctors in the world'.

In the video, shared on social media by leader Benjamin Aidoo, they said: "You are working hard and taking care of everyone."

Addressing the general public, they added: "Now remember, stay at home!"

While they're known on the internet as the Ghana Dancing Pallbearers, locally they're referred to as Nana Otafrija Pallbearing and Waiting Service.

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Essentially, the aim of what they do is to make your funeral a bit less doom-and-gloom, should that be what you and your loved ones fancy.

Aidoo has previously explained how the idea came about, saying it was all down to offering clients more options.

Speaking to the BBC, Aidoo said: "I decided to add choreography to it so if the client comes to us, we just ask them: 'Do you want it solemn or do you want a bit more of a display? Or maybe you want some choreography on it?'

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"They just ask, and we do it."

In a recent interview with JOE, Aidoo said of his new-found viral fame: "I'm very surprised and I'm happy with that.

"Right now, every country is locked down and in lockdown, you're in your room doing nothing... And I'm happy that people are using my display, my performance, to cheer themselves up.

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"My fans, they want to see me, so I know after the quarantine is lifted, me and my team are going to come and perform for them."

Let's all bring some positivity, support and fun to anyone who might find themselves in isolation as a result of the coronavirus spread. Need some entertainment? Join Isolation Nation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronasupport/

Featured Image Credit: Benjamin Aidoo/Instagram

Topics: Viral, World News, Africa, News

Jess Hardiman
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