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Opinions of Friday, 26 September 2008

Columnist: Ato Kwamena Dadzie

THE OUTSIDER: Oh, Baah-Wiredu

“Life is incomplete without death.” I heard a pastor say this about ten years ago. It stuck in my mind and it’s what I often say – to myself and to console friends – when I hear of the death of someone they loved. On Wednesday, it dawned on me that those words just don’t make any sense. How can death make a life that has been so suddenly cut short complete? When I heard of the death of finance minister, Kwadjo Baah-Wiredu the only three words made sense to me: “it isn’t true.” I was in denial.

I had to force myself to face reality only after I heard Anthony Akoto Osei cry. I hardly knew Baah-Wiredu. Usually, I won’t waste a second thinking about why someone died. I don’t cry for dead people because I believe, death should be a welcome respite from the many travails of life. Click here to read full article