YEN.com.gh tells the story of how Pastor Mensa Otabil regrets for not taking seriously his French classes while in high school. The pastor says he continues to struggle with the French language especially when he preaches to a French speaking congregation.
Senior pastor at the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Dr. Mensa Otabil, has recounted memories of making bad decisions while being a student in high school.
Mensa Otabil has made the case that his decision not to take his French lessons seriously seriously affected his multi-lingual skills as an international speaker.
Addressing his congregation in a sermon titled "Elijah to Elisha", the pastor admonished church members to always take good advantage of the positions they find themselves in since such opportunities give them the chance to reach their destiny.
"Just last week I was in Ivory Coast preaching. This was a Francophone country where the official language is French. But all I could speak were four words in the French language - Bonjour, aujourd'hui, merci and je m'appelle - it was then that I remembered the name of my French teacher," Mensa Otabil recounted.
According to the seasoned pastor, he was not the only person who hated French as a language and that this attitude of his caused him to waste over 3 years in the French class.
"My French teacher would give us a zero in a test and we just not care, I mean, what are we going to use this language for? But now look at me, I look back at those years and realize how much I wasted the chance," he added.
The experience by the Pastor Otabil resonates most with thousands of French students in the country as they often find the language very difficult to grasp.
Meanwhile, president of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo has revealed his interest in ensuring that Ghanaians adopt the second language of French considering the fact that the country shares borders with French speaking countries.
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