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*Women paid to cry at funerals increase charges following hikes in petroleum products*

 

I caught up with one of the professional criers for a conversation in Kumasi. Full of smile, Ami Dokli obliged an interview, taking time off a workshop to speak with me. 

Her group is made up of six widows who are all based in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital. 

Justifying the hike in their rate, Ms. Dokli tells me high demand for their services, amid an increase in fuel prices and general economic hardship, have pushed them to adjust their fees.

She reveals five dirge-singing criers who used to charge 5,000 Ghana cedis a day will now provide the service for between 7,000 Ghana cedis and 8,000 Ghana cedis.

The demand is high so we have to change our prices; we have to increase our prices,” she revealed. 

Ms Dokli says clients could pay even more, depending on the status of the deceased and bereaved relatives as well as the form the wailing will take. 

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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