Farewell

In Ghana, death is a celebration

$1,171

Price in Accra for an elaborate hand-carved casket in the shape of a catfish or soccer shoe

$387

Cost of Benjamin Aidoo’s dancing pallbearers

2 months

Average time a body spends at Korle-Bu Hospital mortuary, the country’s biggest morgue, while funeral preparations are being made

$187

Monthly cost of storing a body at an Accra mortuary, pending a funeral

65%

Share of Ghanaian insurer Enterprise Life Assurance’s revenue from funeral expense policies, now its flagship product; the company’s share price has tripled this year

$2,342

Maximum lump sum paid under a typical Enterprise Life funeral policy; a premium policy for the upper class pays double that, or $4,684

$1.17

Lowest monthly funeral insurance premium charged by Stanbic Bank

$1,550

Ghana’s per capita gross national income, up almost fivefold in the last decade

15.9%

Growth rate of the economy in 2011, vs. 3.1 percent in 2007, thanks to an oil boom

$2.45

Minimum daily wage

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