In Ghana, death is a celebration


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


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


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


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


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


Lowest monthly funeral insurance premium charged by Stanbic Bank


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


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


Minimum daily wage


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