In 2017, the pallbearers from Ghana went viral after being BBC’s coverage on Africa’s coffin dances. Three years later, the “dance group” became popular again as people try to cope with the ongoing pandemic.
The Nana Otafrija pallbearers are known for having the signature moves of dropping to all fours and crawling in unison, while carrying a coffin.
Having all the time during the lockdown, people turned the coffin dance into an official pandemic meme.
They use the pallbearers’ performance as both a humor and a warning to people of the dangers of ignoring social distancing.
The group also used this opportunity in its tweet last May to be extra careful with this pandemic.
Their new slogan goes: “Stay at home or dance with us.” As of writing, the post has 67,400 likes and 23,300 shares.
In an interview with the Guardian, lead pallbearer Benjamin Aidoo said he came up with the idea of dancing with the coffin to celebrate the dead.
Further, Mr. Aidoo planned after the pandemic to teach people around the world to hold uplifting funerals.
“When you know the life that he or she spent before dying, I think it’s a great thing for you to celebrate,” he said.