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Christopher Opoku once wrote:

“Yesterday I was saddened to hear the news about Herbert Addo’s passing. Something interesting happened. I reproduced an article I had written about him over two years ago and to many, it seemed as if I wrote it after he died. Widening the scope of what I am saying now, it is customary for us Ghanaians to either give up on or ignore someone either ill or in dire straits, but the moment the person dies, that is when expensive funerals are planned with the aim of making profit, and that is when all manner of tributes come pouring in. Why are we like that as a people? Why do we pretend to love those who are alive but do nothing to help when they are in trouble? Do we have to wait for people to die before ‘showing love’ by spending heavily on funerals? Let us stop giving up on each other and let us celebrate each other whilst there is life. As Ghanaians, we need a serious rethink of how we see such things.”

When I’m dead and gone, i will need nothing from you including the hypocritical tears and faces and writings of people who never truly cared when I was alive. #Y3nmoaNipa3mer3a)tease

This was what the late Christopher Opoku wrote when Coach Hebert Addo died. It still remains a question whether Ghanaians are still clutched to the distasteful and repugnant attitude of not caring for people(either ill or in dire straits) until they are dead.

The late Ace freelancer who died of cancer in May 2017 would have been 45 years old today. On his birthday, we continue to mourn and miss a great man. A man who had a massive impact on Ghana football, his in-depth knowledge about the beautiful game could have been a significant weapon in this time of amelioration and rebranding of Ghana football. Damirifa Due!!!

©Mahama Shaibu

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