Corruption; The Bedrock of Africa’s Problems

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I love this quote from Theodore Roosevelt, which says: “A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” I couldn’t agree with him more. The educated and the elite in Africa are the connoisseurs of the corruption clouding our beautiful sky. Their knowledge is channeled to create a system that benefits the few in society to the disadvantage of the majority.

There is also a saying that, ‘’when the ordinary citizen works hard, the educated uses their pen to steal.’’ I can say that Africa’s progress is hindered by the educated in society; it looks like they want to find solutions to our predicaments, but they are opening the wounds than healing them.

Corruption has become an acceptable norm in Ghana and Africa as a whole; we don’t see anything wrong with it anymore and even if we do, we do not know how to fight it. Corruption has moved from those times when the menace was done behind the curtains, to a different status of it taken centre stage in the light.

Corruption in Africa spans from the corridors of power to the ordinary person on the street. 
What is making corruption a vicious cycle in Africa is that, the leaders are highly involved, and they also invite their cronies to the party. Their level of corruption is killing the development of African nations. However the populace also is engaged in bribery and corruption on a small scale. Hence they think their level of involvement is nowhere near those in the political sphere so they should be given the benefit of doubt to engage in it. But this scenario is like sin; every sin is sin and there is no category of sin that predominantly outweighs the other. What we tend to forget is that those that engage in corruption on a small scale later grow to become the leaders of the country, and then the cycle continues. This is the reason why corruption has become like a terminal disease in our part of the world.

Therefore corruption has become a cultural practice because the consequences are no longer heaped on those who are involved in the act; hence many think that, if they don’t participate in corrupt activities then you are losing out of the immense benefits documented by those that are highly involved.

According to an article by Transparency International dated November 30 2015, ‘’Nearly 75 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are estimated to have paid a bribe in the past year – some to escape punishment by the police or courts, but many forced to pay to get access to the basic services that they desperately need.’’ This is further reiterated by the chairman of 
Transparency International, José Ugaz: he says, ”Corruption creates and increases poverty and 
exclusion. While corrupt individuals with political power enjoy a lavish life, millions of Africans are deprived of their basic needs like food, health, education, housing, access to clean water and sanitation.” This depict the fact that the damaging effects of corruption is unprecedented and the earlier we deal with it the better for the sustainable development of Africa.

The question is how do we fight something when the custodian/the makers of the laws of the 
land to the highest hierarchy of positions are involved? Is it a battle that can easily be won or it seems an insurmountable task?

How do we fight such a war and win? The questions are endless and the answers are few.

The fact is, corruption as in any part of the world cannot be eradicated but it can be highly minimized. No corrupt person would wake up one day and say, ”I have changed 
my mind and henceforth I will stop my corrupt activities.” This means that this menace can be dealt with, if we build strong institutions and use technology as a tool to control it. Our leaders must show exemplary leadership and the citizens should be committed to hold the leaders accountable; this is the fundamental principle in dealing with corruption.

Everyone has a role in fighting corruption. The bottom line is you cannot fight anything in life 
that you don’t have knowledge of. The Bible says, ”for the lack of knowledge my people perish.” 
Hence understanding what the law says about corruption is your first weapon in fighting bribery 
and corruption; knowledge is the key to get out of the dungeons of corruption.

We also need to start challenging the status quo; Our institutions have done things in a certain way with the baseline of corruption. It’s time for us to challenge those unruly procedures that have siphoned resources to the detriment of the ordinary citizen. The battle is not for one person but for all those that are hungry for change.

Our political leaders in the past and present have not been able to have a firm grip in fighting 
corruption in Ghana. Hence the battle to fight it continues unabated.

During this election, my advice to all voters is to, vote for the leader who would fight corruption; that leader who has the  development of the country at heart and one who makes the people first in his/her developmental policies and not self seeking gains.

This is a great opportunity for us to vote for the leaders that will create an atmosphere that breeds success. I will end by calling on all the great citizens of GHANA to have a peaceful election where we will exercise extreme patience, tolerance and co-existence in spite of our differences. Meaning PEACE should be the mantra of this election.

Always remember it is possible if only you believe. 

God bless Ghana, God bless the people of the land.

Details of Author

Name – Oscar Bimpong        Bio – Transformational Speaker and Business Consultant

Email – info@oscarbimpong.com   Web: www.oscarbimpong.com

Seed & Rain, the Anchor of a Good Harvest

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Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.

With this Biblical quotation, you cannot be a failure. God did not give you only a seed but a tree which has a fruit yielding seed. God knows the potential of a seed that is why he gave it to mankind to survive and subsequently use it to bless others. However, I don’t think mankind has absorbed this revelation and the dominion God has given him to use a seed to fight poverty, food scarcity and financial stress fighting the world. Seeds are powerful. It has so much potential and power such that it can never be extinct due to its ability to regenerate.

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When Giants Fall To Underdogs

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In any industry, there are giants that control the market. They have enormous resources at their disposal and manipulate the market to their advantage. In normal life, such behavior may be termed as greedy, but in business, it may translate to increasing market share. These giants have the capacity to cripple your market entry strategies especially if you do not have enough resources to compete at their level. How is this related to our lives and the pursuit of our dreams? Sometimes when you look at the giants in the industry you want to operate in, you are more likely to give up because your subconscious mind will continually ring a bell of…”you don’t have a chance”. I recently met a young man who wanted to be a hiplife artist but lacked confidence as he thought the hiplife industry was saturated and there was no place for him in the industry. I could see real talent in him but could tell he was daunted by the ingenuity, the class act and the creativity in the hiplife industry.

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How to Create a Winning Mentality

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People with winning mentality believe in success in spite of their current situation. That is whether they are experiencing challenging moments or not, they still think success. Success is their focus and anything outside the domain of success does not stop them from achieving their goals in life. They are hopeful, work hard to improve at all times and see themselves as the best even when in real time they are not.

In life some people are winners’ whilst others are losers. Each and every one of us can find ourselves at either side of the coin at any given time. The point is we all love to win in life. The difference comes in when one fails. How we manage failure is very critical to our success in life. How you lift yourself up in times of difficulties is the first step in creating a winning mentality. In life there are some people who stay at the level of failure when they experience it and there are others that shake off the dust and continue the journey. That is some people marry their comfort zone when they fail whilst others understand the principle that when they fall they have to rise again. How you manage the challenges you face in life is dependent on how you have trained your mind to overcome those challenges through the power of persistence.

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From the Valley to the Top of the Mountain

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The mountain of your life is a symbol of success whilst the valley of your life defines the challenges holding you at that particular level you find yourself in. However you are the architect capable of designing your journey from the valley to the top of the mountain. 

Those that have climbed to the top of the mountain of their lives are able to see ahead and they are on top of their game in pursuit of their dreams. No one will like to live in a valley as it’s one of the most challenging environments to live your life. It has a depressing atmosphere and it’s an environment where you cannot see the journey ahead. Hence to climb to the top is a herculean task.

Therefore as people in pursuit of our dreams, we normally find ourselves at different locations on the mountain ladder of our lives..

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Reggie & Bollie, Success on a Foreign Land

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Success is not discriminatory. It works on any good foundation of hard work and on any desiring spirit willing to succeed in spite of any challenges encountered. However to succeed on a land that you are not accustomed to can be a very challenging journey. It’s like travelling to a place that you don’t understand their language. No matter how you perfect the speaking of the language, it will never equal the indigenous people. Obviously, it will take you some time to communicate and write effectively. To succeed to speak the language will come with some many challenges.

Hence for Reggie & Bollie to take that step of faith to go on X-Factor and to become a success story is something that we should not take for granted but to appreciate the fact that, they have giving us confidence that it can be done irrespective of the anticipated challenges associated with the step to make a difference in your life and that of others.

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