- The late Christopher was unhappy about how people treated others in need
- He frequently aired his opinions on his social media pages
- His criticisms were not limited to sports alone but also about social issues
Leading up to the untimely demise of Ghanaian sports journalist, Christopher Opoku on the 10th of May 2017, the outspoken writer had some reservations on the attitude of Ghanaians to death.
In a candid Facebook post on the 25th of March 2017, Christopher paid tribute to the late former Ghana Football Association president Herbert Addo while addressing the issue of death in Ghana.
He was struck by how people ignored others who were ill or in dire need of help but were quick to shed tears and organise massive funerals when these persons passed away.
He wrote, “Yesterday I was saddened to hear the news about Herbert Addo's passing. Something interesting happened. I reproduced an article I had written about him over two years ago and to many, it seemed as if I wrote it after he died.
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"Widening the scope of what I am saying now, it is customary for us Ghanaians to either give up on or ignore someone either ill or in dire straits, but the moment the person dies, that is when expensive funerals are planned with the aim of making profit, and that is when all manner of tributes come pouring in.
"Why are we like that as a people? Why do we pretend to love those who are alive but do nothing to help when they are in trouble? Do we have to wait for people to die before 'showing love' by spending heavily on funerals? Let us stop giving up on each other and let us celebrate each other whilst there is life. As Ghanaians, we need a serious rethink of how we see such things.”
Christopher Opoku battled rectal cancer for over 4 years and drastically lost weight months leading up to his demise.
However, the journalist and singer fought strong and continued to air his views on social issues and sports mostly on his social media pages and on his blog.
Before his death, Christopher was last employed at Citi FM but had previously worked with Metro TV and Ghana Television as a sports journalist and analyst. Many remember him for his kindness and outspoken nature.
Rest in peace Chris, you will be missed.
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