By George Onah
Some commercial sex workers in Port Harcourt, NIgeria have planned â€œa service of songsâ€ for pop idol Michael Jackson, to display their heartfelt grief â€œfor a musician whose music always attracts customers to us when we danceâ€.
In a statement, with a letterhead of â€œEmployers and commercial sex workers association of Nigeriaâ€, made available to Vanguard in Port Harcourt, Wednesday, the group said the association had been â€œshort-changed by death for taking away a great contributor to the industryâ€.
Written in very poor English with occasional flashes of vernacular, the statement jointly signed by Sarafina Johnson and Lovina George, president and secretary respectively, said â€œdeath has thief (sic) our great singer, dancer and oga of costume (sic)â€.
The association which has its headquarters in a three-star hotel (names withheld), GRA Phase 2 Port Harcourt, disclosed that â€œa service of songs would be held on Saturday July 4th 2009 at 9 p.m. promptâ€, at the hotel and all their branches in Port Harcourt, Calabar, Uyo and Owerriâ€.
Accordingly, the commercial sex workers want â€œall our customers and lovers of Michael Jackson to light a candle and be dressed in black dress (sic) (for ladies) and black suit or native wears (for men) and assemble at the various locations as directed by their zonal leadersâ€.
Further to this, the association appealed to members to â€œmake sure black coloured clothes, head tie, cap, shoes or black bag form part of your dressing every day until our loving man is buried in the place of his choiceâ€.
In what appeared like a dirge for the pop icon, the group said â€œOh Michael why have you left so soon when we have just started liking you (sic); Oh Michael you have disappointed death and death has disappointed us all because you are not dead because you will sing foreverâ€.