'I don't believe in celebrating the dead but in helping the needy while alive' — Ofori Amponsah

General News Ghanaian highlife singer, Samuel Ofori Amponsah
Ghanaian highlife singer, Samuel Ofori Amponsah

Ghanaian highlife musician Ofori Amponsah has said he does not believe in celebrating people after their demise but rather in helping the needy while they are still alive.

In an interview on Accra-based Onua TV's Showtime programme, the 'Otoolege' hitmaker weighed in on the penchant of Ghanaians for celebrating people posthumously instead of while they are still alive.

According to him, there is no need for people to reserve their help and praise for people and decide to release it when they are gone.

Ofori Amponsah urged people to support and celebrate the living instead of saving money for their funeral.

He was quoted as saying "Sometimes people want you to die before they celebrate you and say oh as for this guy he was good. I really don’t like funerals that much, so I rarely attend."

"I believe in celebrating the living. If someone wants a cup of water, offer it to them, don’t wait for them to leave this earth before you go and buy stuff for their funeral," he admonished.

The award-winning musician added "You can ask someone for 1 cedi and they’ll not give you but wait and let me die, they’ll find large sums of money to buy a coffin or give donations, I don’t understand this behaviour, we really need to celebrate the living.”

The comment comes at a time when most people have been calling on Ghanaians and Africans in general to shift their focus from posthumous praise to actively supporting and celebrating people while they are still alive to make the most impact.

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