The Ghanaian people and others from Western Africa find it very strange to find someone weeping and/or sorrowful on the day of a loved one’s funeral. In their mind, a funeral is not time for crying and jumping in coffins and 30 minute remarks, it’s time for a serious, over-the-top party.
The New York Times reported that the Ghanaian population in New York has risen considerably since 2005 at 14,000 to 21,000 (mainly concentrated in the Bronx). The Ghanaian culture has come to America with them and it appears that their way of mourning their loved ones is catching on in New York communities. In the Ghanaian culture, partying is the only way to lay someone to rest…and the way they party, that loved one will never rest. They will definitely live on.
The parties are extravagant fundraisers for the families that have lost their loved one. The body doesn’t even have to be a part of the festivities. The person that has died may be in Ghana and they will throw a bash here to raise money. If the person dies here, some of the proceeds can go to sending the body back to Ghana.
These shindigs are complete with DJ’s, food, drinks, photographers, you name it and it will be captured at this event for a mere $5 to $10. Anyone can come and the donations given are between $50 and $100. But as the NYT explains, some don’t pay. But then you have some Ghanaian funerals that are upsetting to the Ghanaian community. They call them the more “contemporary funerals” and stuff like you will see below occurs. This would be an excerpt from Ghanaian Funerals Gone Wild. They like to party, but something isn’t right about these two.
Check out the rest of the story here while we find out if my Ghanaian friend’s niece’s sister’s husband died and there’s a “funeral” this weekend.