Ghana’s dancing pallbearers: life after becoming THE meme of Covid-19 – BBC Africa

In 2017 this troupe of Ghanaian pallbearers went viral following BBC Africa’s coverage of their flamboyant coffin-carrying dances, garnering millions of views.

Three years later and the group has experienced a second round of internet fame, with social media users adopting the troupe as a dark-humoured symbol of death in the time of Covid-19.

BBC Africa’s Sulley Lansah met up with the leader of the troupe to get his reaction to his new-found fame, and to see how he’s coping during the pandemic.

Edited by Faith Ilevbare and Marko Zoric


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    1. "This pandemic, my business has boomed."

      Of course pallbearer.

    2. the guy inside the coffin is real legend😂😂😂😂

    3. 🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️ Please do the needful. Bury terrorist country.

    4. This is uniq style
      I love from India.

    5. This was a meme way before covid, the framing of this is dumb.

    6. It is his business that is now well known globally and he seems like a wholesome person

    7. Coffin Dance 2020 🙁

    8. Being maskless feels like the new naked. #ShowerThoughts

    9. Similar to the Jazz Pallbearers of New Orleans, which group can first. Both follow the same intentions

    10. Covid killing everyone yet no jobs for paulbarers?? Lol mhm

    11. Powerful presentation. Saw them on numerous memes and thought that they were from New Orleans 🙂

    12. It's a bit sad that these guys got memed. Especially with a pandemic. At least karma flipped the coin and made these guys famous for their way to respect the dead. The music video gave me shivers because these guys are so real about it. Respect for showing us. It's a beautifull way to cross over.

    13. Thanks for doing this piece. I am really happy to hear he does not feel exploitet or else but actually seeing the positive side of it. So it´s a win win. So at least some good thing came out of 2020.

    14. 2021?

    15. The internet at it beat opening our eyes to different cultures. This has to be the coolest send off for anyone.

    16. Question is there a body in the coffin?

    17. bros just gave us funeral/last rites goals

    18. Really Awesome dance🥰

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    21. Algorithm has led me here.

    22. i wouldn’t mind going out like that but i don’t think i even know that many people to carry my coffin let alone to come to my funeral.
      The only person at my funeral would probably be the priest and i’m not even religious

    23. they're the very best

    24. Gonna save up for these guys at my funeral.

    25. I like how they think the meme is for learning risks

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