Benjamin Aidoo has become popular over the video skit of his dancing pallbearer that went viral and the most important honour he wants in his life is to be the one to take Brazilian star, Ronaldinho to his final home when he dies.
Nana Otafrija Pallbearing and Waiting Services was set up by Aidoo in Accra in 2007. His aim is to bring some joy into the funeral service by celebrating the life of the deceased with music and dance.
“Some people don’t want to cry anymore. Others do cry, but whether they want to cry or not, we make them happy, we make them happy thanks to what we do,” Aidoo explained to Foot Mercato.
The popularity of the outfit has grown beyond Ghana and all over the world. What is behind the magic? – one video of their service, in particular, finding popularity on social media.
Why Benjamin Aidoo wants to do pall bearing service for Ronaldinho
Aidoo, a supporter of Barcelona and Chelsea was jokingly asked which footballer he would most like to take to their grave, and he mentioned the Brazilian living legend.
“I wish them a long life, of course, but if I had that chance, I dream of driving Ronaldinho to his last home!.
“Then Maradona and finally Messi. Ronaldinho is a player who has always impressed me. It would be a tribute from the dancer that I am to the dancer that he was in the field,” he added.
Meanwhile, there is some conflict in Aidoo’s footballing allegiance. As a Barca fan, he expressed his enduring disdain for Luis Suarez. This should be known because it was the Urugyuan that stopped Ghana from progressing into the semi-finals of the FIFA 2010 World Cup with a last-minute foul that Asamoah Gyan failed to convert the resulting kick. Ghana eventually lost the game through penalty kicks.
This is why he admitted that it is difficult celebrating the success of Suare.
“I’m divided. I am ashamed. I feel so bad. Whenever I see this player, even when I hear his name, Suarez, I am sad.
“Because a hand from Suarez made my Ghana team return home without being able to play in the semi-finals, which was terrible.
“We have a saying here for Suarez. The name Suarez means the impossible. If you want to achieve something or go somewhere and Suarez is there, it means that you will not succeed. If you really want something and Suarez is there, you can never reach it.”
Despite of the achievement of Gyan, who is Ghana’s top appearance-maker and record goalscorer, Aidoo says many still haven’t forgiven him.
“No, no, they still haven’t forgiven him. You know that Ghanaians do not forgive.
“The day he missed the penalty, some Ghanaians went to his mother’s house and harassed her. His failure had consequences on her mother’s health after that, it was really sad.
“So his mother told Asamoah to never take a penalty in his life again. This is why you will never see Asamoah again venture to take a penalty. Because he promised never to risk it again, and now that his mother is 80 years old, I think he is following his wish, never to take a penalty for Ghana again.”