Videos of a group of dancing Ghanaian pallbearers have over the past few weeks captivated millions around the world, inspiring various memes and reactions.
The pallbearers have become famous faces, with their matching outfits as they dance with coffins now a common sight on platforms such as Twitter, Tik Tok, Whatsapp and Facebook.
The leader of the group, Benjamin Aidoo, revealed that they base their performances on what the client wants; choosing whether to put on a full-on show or tone it down.
Unknown to many, however, the group in a recent interview on Ghanaian television revealed that they had gotten a Kenyan manager and a Kenyan lawyer to help them capitalise on the new-found popularity, with the manager revealed to be John Telewa aka 'Kiss Bandit'.File image of John Telewa aka 'Kissing Bandit' with a guest during a past recording of his podcast
"Because the video has gone viral, I've gotten a manager in Kenya and a lawyer in Kenya.
"So if you want to use (our content) with our permission that's where you go through," Aidoo stated before the host gave a shout-out to the manager, John Telewa, promising to visit Nairobi after the Covid-19 pandemic.
As the 'Kiss bandit', Telewa made headlines over the years as he attempted to break the Guinness World Record for having kissed the most women.
As of August 2014, he claimed to have kissed 3,995 women. Among famous women he was pictured pecking over the years were media veteran Caroline Mutoko and singer Avril.
Now, Telewa is a communications consultant and content creator behind a podcast known as The Kisscapades Podcast.
In a recent interview with Brazilian press, Telewa revealed that his client, Aidoo, was not social media savvy and was surprised by the new-found fame.
"I think for somebody who's not social media, he's just taking it in a very different way. That's why everyone is shocked.
"Like, if you were in his position, you would have been confused completely. But Benjamin is just going on with his life like a regular," he disclosed.
Appearing in the same interview via video link from Ghana, Aidoo urged people to stay safe by staying home during the Covid-19 period.
"My message to my fans out there is for them to stay home, because of the lockdown they should abide by the rules and the regulations that they have been given,if they don't I will dance with them," he stated, leaving the reporter in stitches.
The group has been credited with creating employment for youth in Ghana and creating an inventive new form of entertainment.
Telewa stated that he was working on taking the group's brand to the next level.
Watch part of the interview below:
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