- Emmanuel Ako revealed that he chose to transport the remains of the deceased because he always wanted to drive an ambulance
- He confirmed that sometimes, a car could stop or not move if the family fails to perform the proper funeral rites for the deceased
- Ako opened up about his career in an interview with YEN TV
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A hearse driver, Emmanuel Ako, has shared why he chose to transport the remains of the deceased from the mortuary to funeral homes and burial sites as a career.
According to Ako, he always had a passion for driving and wanted to work as an ambulance driver. He started learning to drive with his father at a young age and perfected the skill from a friend who taught him a few things.
Speaking in an interview with YEN TV, Emmanuel Kofi revealed that he is not afraid when driving the remains of the dead, saying he's never experienced an incident where a dead person stood up from the coffin.
Ako's first job
''I recently started the job, and I picked my first body at the Korle-Bu Medical School to Dzorwulu and later to Aburi [in the Eastern Region] for burial. I returned alone, and nothing happened,'' he told YEN TV.
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Asked about angry dead people that sometimes prevent vehicles transporting them from moving till a ritual is performed, Kofi said:
''Yes, that happens when the person died before their time, so the family has to perform a ritual or poor libation before the car can move. Sometimes when you don't pour libation, the dead person can stop the car whilst transporting them,'' he said.
Unlike stories about other hearse drivers who drink alcohol or rely on external powers to do their job, Kofi disclosed that he does not use or depend on any spiritual powers.
Social stigma and stereotype
Speaking about social stigma and stereotypes, he admitted that most people don't want to eat or get close to him because of his job, revealing that some people don't even want to get close to the vehicle he drives.
Emmanuel Kofi, however, disclosed that he has a wife who is aware of his job, as she understands that he makes ends meet working as a hearse driver.
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Mortuary man speaks
In a previous story, YEN.com.gh reported that, Richard Kofi Jordan, the general secretary of the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana, has passed commentary that some persons buy water used to bathe corpses to perform certain spiritual rituals.
The general secretary's remarks confirm rumours that have lingered over the years that some mortuary attendants sell water they use to bathe dead bodies, which is believed to have spiritual potency to buyers for rituals.
Confirming the practice, Richard Kofi Jordan revealed that he was contacted recently by someone to provide such water, but he declined the offer.