Friday, 25 October 2013

Religion and Ghana's Economy

Ghana's economy keeps bleeding! The ordinary Ghanaian keeps suffering, the cost of living keeps rising, corruption keeps halting growth, and debts keep on preventing economic nourishment. Some suffering "krife" brothers console themselves with 1 Timothy 6:9-11 (for the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs). Those enjoying on the other hand, never forget Ecclesiastes 10:18-20 (a feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things).

Most studies on "establishing a relationship between religion and poverty" reveals a positive correlation. A Gallup poll in 2009 in 114 countries revealed a strong correlation between religiosity and poverty, as countries with low per-capita incomes came out as the most religious. In 2012, another Gallup survey branded Ghana as the most religious nation on earth ... 

A new survey conducted by the Gallup International Association has ranked citizens of 57 countries by their religiosity. Overall, 59% of those surveyed described themselves as religious, 23% said they are not religious, and 13% said they are convinced atheists. The nations with the highest percentages of self-described religious persons are Ghana, Nigeria, Armenia, Fiji, Macedonia, Romania, Iraq, Kenya, Peru, and Brazil (GhanaWeb, 2012... and I believe this "title" is still ours! 

In Ghana, Christianity dominates religiosity, as the 2010 population census revealed a staggering 71.2% of the population being Christians. It doesn't wow me that politicians speak the language of the "71.2" by mounting political platforms with renowned gospel musicians, who sometimes remix some of their hits with campaign messages for "seven pieces of silver." Some party faithfuls dance to the original version at church, and get bibbed with the remix version at political rallies, casting votes benightedly.

In March this year, the most religious nation on earth was willing to spend $2m to sponsor some pastors to go and pray for the country in Israel. The country's leaders were placing high hopes on this move, that the outcome will be a transformation of the Ghanaian economy; a miracle. Ironically, corruption, misuse of public funds, neglecting the plight of the poor ... dominates the tenure of most of our leaders. Interestingly enough, no African country had below 85% "YES" on the Gullup report, meanwhile, majority of the countries within the region are widely perceived to be the most corrupt in the world.

So how important then is religion in the daily lives of;
the president who has a "Swiss bank account" in which he transfers public funds,
the minister who gives out contracts under his jurisdiction to "the highest bidder"
or that police officer on the Achimota-Haatso road, who doesn't accept anything below 5cedis from trotro drivers?

Let us keep praying my brothers and sisters.

8 comments:

  1. Very interesting correlation.

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    1. Many see the US' 65% as an exception, but to me, it makes no difference. I won't be surprised if more than 80% of the 65% were blacks.

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  2. My brothers and sisters, the word of the lord. And the people shall say "Amen".

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    1. Amen brother! This country and the economy is in God's hands

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  3. Forgotten how Ghana Airways went bust after the managers invited a pastor to hold a prayer session? Religion we claim.. Corruption we toast to; with broad smiles. Cheers!!

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    1. this comment is of a high value
      that fact fuels my next article
      #corruptionNreligion
      thanks a lot

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  4. This was great Terry. I actually thought for the US it would be a little lower -- like at 50%. I found it so odd when I first came to Ghana and politicians would quote scriptures and such. But it makes sense. May God be with Ghana, LOL.

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