It’s not even a question that Ghanaians can be quite hypocritical when dealing with the dead versus the living. Since Ebony’s death many people have pointed out that the same people who slammed her nonstop when she was alive are now the same ones writing amazing things about her simply because she’s dead.
It’s also easy to spot that in the larger Ghanaian society as well, as families spend thousands of cedis to hold funerals for dead people who probably could not get a Ghc 100 cedi loan from those same people when they were alive.
Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, has lashed out at that lame mentality of Ghanaians in a new post, calling for fair treatment of a person whether they are alive or dead.
An evil person does not become an angel simply because they died, therefore it is absurd to argue that it’s not good to speak ill of the dead.
For someone like Ebony, those now speaking her praises should perhaps have done that when she was here to benefit from it and not now that she’s gone.
Chris-Vincent called for Ghanaians to learn to place more value on the living than those who are dead and gone.
“If you want to celebrate anyone or show any person appreciation and respect, do it while the person is alive.” he argued.
Check out his post below…
I find it interesting, perhaps, even stupid that a lot of Ghanaians will sing praises, even if untrue about the dead and fearlessly criticize the living. An evil person would suddenly become an angel the moment the person dies.
Probably, this explains why Ghanaians love corpse, more than the living. They will borrow money and stage huge funerals, wear the dead fine clothes and show the world they love a dead person. But if such a person was alive, they wouldn’t borrow money to support his or her dreams, contribute to buy the person any fine clothes if the person needed one and throw parties for him or her.
It’s regressive and unwise to say you cannot say anything bad about the dead—meaning, you can say everything bad about the living and not the dead. If anything at all, it’s those who are alive that we ought to celebrate, protect their dignity, name, and achievements.
But when it comes to Ghanaians, the dead seems to be more valuable to them than the living. If it was revealed that for instance, Ebony was a lesbian while alive, almost 99 percent of Ghanaians would have insulted her and state that she was a sinner who will go to hell. They would have said all manner of things about her, without any regard for her feelings or the impact of their words.
Now that she is dead and has no feelings, the same bunch of Ghanaians, out of their admiration for the dead are saying it’s bad to report or show that she was a lesbian.
If we want to place value on human beings, it should be placed on the living and not the dead.
The moment Ebony died, people started using her photos as profile pictures and had all kind words to say about her. Meanwhile, when she was alive, they didn’t do that in support of her or her work—neither did they spend time writing beautiful things about her. In fact, they wrote numerous comments and letters, all criticizing and slamming her.
For me Chris-Vincent, I stay true to a cause: either dead or alive, I treat people the same based on merit.
If you deserve to be celebrated, I will do so while you are alive and will continue when you are dead. If you do not deserve to be honored with kind words, I wouldn’t suddenly become generous with these words simply because you are dead.
Anyone who implies by actions or words that the dead should be treated with more respect and dignity than the living must have a warp appreciation and understanding of life.
That’s why, the dead is considered as having no reputation in law—and defamation does not apply to the dead, except the living.
Ghanaians, stop placing more value on the dead than the living! Any culture that seeks to protect the dead even against the truth, and does not do the same for the living is outmoded.
If I die, you can say all manner of nonsense about me, I wouldn’t hear your nonsense and I wouldn’t care too.
If you want to celebrate anyone or show any person appreciation and respect, do it while the person is alive.