US president Donald Trump “joined” – very likely inadvertently – the wave of people using viral coffin carriers to communicate a point on social media.
Trump re-posted a video on Facebook which showed the Ghanaian pallbearers dancing with a coffin that had the words “Biden president” embossed on the side. Biden, the VP of Barack Obama is Trump’s main challenger in upcoming elections.
The dancing troupe of have become a global sensation because of the viral use of their video and photo as a meme. Speaking to the BBC, Benjamin Aidoo, the group’s leader told the BBC that Trump’s post was the “ultimate endorsement” of their craft.
A 2017 BBC report of the Dada Awu – Daddy is Dead (in local Twi parlance) – has garnered over 10 million views on YouTube. What could be termed the second round of internet fame, came just in time to coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic.
They have become so popular their figurines are being sold in parts of the world as others also recreate their dance in different settings.
Aidoo told the BBC that the aftermath of the exposure has been overwhelming as he keeps getting calls and granting interviews from all over the world.