Abeiku Santana, a well-known radio host and tourist advocate, has asked people to exercise caution when honoring life and showing respect for the deceased.
Abeiku revealed in a video he posted on Instagram that he considers it to be witchcraft to ignore someone’s birthday wishes while attending their funeral.
In his words, “When someone is celebrating their birthday, and you don’t wish them when they die, don’t go to their funeral, you are witches.
“Today, funerals have become a party, and you will see people sitting at funerals, laughing, eating and having fun.”
According to Abeiku Santana, funerals have changed into social gathering spots where people go to eat and party while they ought to be grieving.
“Today, funerals have become a party, and you will see people sitting at funerals, and they are laughing and eating and having fun. Witchcraft is destroying the country. When you talk about it, they will tell you it’s the ‘Celebration of Life’.
“When the person was alive, you didn’t celebrate them, but then when they died, you are celebrating them. What are you celebrating now that they are dead?” he asked.
Additionally, he claimed that not enough respect is being shown for both the living and the deceased.
He went on to say, “Let the dead bury the dead, and I remind you, when someone is celebrating their birthday, and you fail to wish them when they die, don’t go to their funeral. You are witches.”
The radio host is renowned for his frank and frequently divisive ideas.
His most recent remarks, however, have resonated with many Ghanaians who believe that the practice of celebrating death has over the line.