Getty celebrates the memorial of her late mother
It was as if the roof of Hallunda Folketshus was falling down with the heavy sound of music with broad band base of the latest amplifier and giant speakers. The professional DJ was at his best. It was the mother of all memorial parties.
The celebration of Getty's mother's funeral started with the arrivals of the brothers and sisters and groups from the Ghanaian Community in Stockholm including good friends of the Etbon family from their working places.
The Ghanaians graced the occasion in their large Adinkra mourning clothes in mostly black and red – the traditional mourning colours. The men's pieces of cloth were so huge that even as they left part from their left shoulders bare, the other part of the cloth was sweeping the dancing floor as they moved about.
The highlight of the evening was when Getty read a tribute to her mother. She paid credit to her for all the care all the children received from her when she was alive. It was so emotional that Etbon, her husband, had to help wipe the tears from her face. She ended the tribute by calling on the gathering to join her in dancing to the old tune SWEET MOTHER.
For the first time in such gatherings in Stockholm, people who had to drive back home were thought of and alcohol-free wine was provided for them. They could drink and be sure that they would not lose their körkort while driving back home this weekend evening when the police are on the lookout for people who had drank at the evening out but still took to their steering wheels.
It was an evening to remember and we all wish from our hearts a Rest In Peace to our mother, Esther Dedei Okai.
Zainab Ladi Suberu