Even though traders have been among the large groups of Ghanaians wailing and mourning President Mills since his death was announced last week Tuesday, the mourning has also not stopped them from making money from his death.
Traders of African print textiles in Accra admitted that sales have been good since the president’s death. They attributed the situation to the tagging of some print designs to political parties.
One trader, Christiana Dansoaa, said the ‘se asa’ (It is finished!) cloth has been patronized massively and is currently in short supply at the Makola market. She said the cloth which used to be sold at GHC15 is now selling not less than GHC 36.
Another trader Serwaa Agyeman said she brought 600 yards of the cloth just this week and was able to sell it within a few days. Some government officials like the Director of Communications Koku Anyidoho was seen in a sorrowful mood wearing the cloth.
Asked why that textile print ‘se asa’ was chosen by the NDC for the funeral, the National Women Organizer Anita Desooso responded by saying, “It is finished.”
She said those who consistently attacked the person of President Mills cannot do it again because he is gone and will never return. She attacked the NPP of hounding the president to his death; therefore the name of the cloth is a message to them.
However, in a quick rebuttal, a member of the NPP communication team, Adomako Berfi disclosed that the NPP has equally chosen a textile cloth named ‘Aboa bi beka woa, na efri wo ntoma mu’, to wit, the enemy is within; adding that the answer to the insinuation by the NDC lies in their own party.
He asked them to do an introspection to identify those behind the presidents’ death and stop accusing them wrongly. Serwaa Agyeman confirmed speculations the NPP was going to use the ATL design, ‘Aboa bi beka woa, efri wo ntoma mu’, to mourn the late president.
According to her, though it’s been off the market for a while, they are making arrangements to increase supply.