- Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams says Ghanaians, unlike Nigerians, do not celebrate wealth
- According to him, Nigerians freely flaunt their wealth, rich Ghanaians would not dare to do same out of fear of victimisation
Founder of Action Chapel International (ACI), Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, has urged Ghanaians to emulate Nigerians when it comes the creation and celebration of wealth.
The preacher believes Nigerians are better off when it comes to the creation and celebration of wealth, unlike their Ghanaian counterparts who tend to destroy wealth.
Speaking at last Sunday’s church service, he said while Nigerians freely flaunt their wealth, rich Ghanaians would not dare to do same out of fear of victimisation.
He observed that Ghanaians like good things, but rarely celebrate the wealth of others due to an erroneous mentality that all wealthy people are corrupt.
“You know I was telling them the other day and because we are Ghana there certain things I don’t want to say because Ghanaians we’re a very different people because even when you are giving testimony, they think you are bluffing, ‘wo kyere wu ho dodo’, ‘who does he think he is?’,” Archbishop Duncan-Williams said.
“Nigerians celebrate good things, Nigerians celebrate success, Ghanaians we don’t, Ghanaians we like good things but we are afraid to celebrate it. I know some Ghanaians outside and if you see where they live you’d be shocked, but over here: ‘Let me mind my own business’; we have to get to a place where everybody who succeeds is not corrupt, we have to be very careful, if everybody that makes it is corrupt, then we’ll have a society of poor people, nobody will be rich in this country because everybody who gets something is corrupt.”
He added that whiles there are some people who made their wealth through corrupt means, there are equally genuine wealthy Ghanaians who need to be celebrated rather than victimized.
According to the preacher, there is the need to create the enabling environment for Ghanaians to thrive and make wealth and, this can be done by first eschewing the idea that all wealthy Ghanaians are corrupt.
“I’m not saying we shouldn’t check corruption or check how people make it but I think we should focus on how we can encourage people to make it. We have to develop a society where we create an atmosphere for Ghanaians, irrespective of background, political persuasions or culture, whatever or tradition, we must create an atmosphere for Ghanaians to flourish and not just foreigners.
He opined that every Ghanaian must succeed and when they succeed, they will pay their taxes and doing the right thing.
“I’m not talking about government and I’m not talking about politicians, I’m talking about Ghanaians as a society, let’s begin to have a mentality that creates wealth, and let’s also accept people when they make it the right way to enjoy their wealth, without antagonising people and making people afraid enjoying what they have,” the Archbishop added.
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