- Paul Adom-Otchere has come to the defense of Sonnie Badu amid challenges to the credibility of his degrees
- A social media user called out the gospel singer over his academic and honorary credentials
- The man sent an email to an accreditation board to ascertain the authenticity of the schools and the degrees awarded
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Host of Good Evening Ghana, Paul Adom-Otchere, eulogised gospel singer, Sonnie Badu, as a Ghanaian “hero”.
“Sonnie Badu is our hero whichever way you look at it. When you put Sonnie Badu’s profile, he is a Ghanaian hero and Sonnie Badu we love you in Ghana,” Adom-Otchere stated on his show.
The renowned Ghanaian journalist’s remarks come at the time the gospel singer is battling public criticism after a social media user questioned the credibility of the academic and honorary degrees of the singer.
In a series of posts sighted by YEN.com.gh, Manuel Mensah wondered how Badu's school, Trinity International University of Ambassadors would award him three degrees concurrently in the space of four months.
Reacting to the allegations, the ‘Baba’ singer wrote that: "Lions don't respond to frogs,” further adding that people who did not understand the grace he was carrying were trying to pull him down.
Commenting on the degree brouhaha, Adom-Otchere stated: “I think to be fair to him at all material times, he said ‘Honourary Degree’.”
Meanwhile, TIUA brought clarity to the matter explaining that it holds a different accreditation than what public universities in the United States hold.
In a statement that has been posted on the singer's page, TIUA disclosed that it is a private corporation in the State of Georgia legally recognised as a post-secondary educational institution with the authority to award degrees.
The statement further explained TIUA is accredited by the World-Wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Education Institution and other bodies.
The statement added that it is not mandatory to be accredited by state agencies in the US, and as a matter of choice, TIUA has decided to get accreditations from Bible accrediting agencies to be free from any federal or state control.
"TIUA makes no claims, implied or otherwise, that our educational programs, course, or curricula, are the same as offered by secular state colleges and universities. TIUA is not accredited by the US Department of Education. Credits and degrees earned at TIUA are for those in Christian service.”
In other news, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, slammed Adom-Otchere for engaging in terribly poor political analysis.
This follows Adom-Otchere's paring of the NDC General Secretary with the Speaker of Parliament as the NDC’s potential candidates for the 2024 elections.
Unenthused by the analysis of the journalist, Asiedu Nketia likened it to the work of an uninformed village lotto forecaster whose permutations are not based on cogent empirical thoroughness.
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