Tuesday, March 01, 2016


By William Yaw Owusu
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Pastor Mensah Anamuah Otabil, General Overseer of International Central Gospel Church, says the time has come for Ghanaians, especially the youth, to compel the ruling elite to introduce policies that ensure that everybody’s dream is realized.

“We have to force the politicians to think of us and to think of our lives and to think of our future and to think of our dreams. And the only way to do that is for you to start thinking not in party terms, but in policy terms, and making sure that the laws that govern your industry favour you.”

Right Environment
Closing a youth camp dubbed, ‘Springboard’ hosted by Albert and Comfort Ocran of Combert Impressions last week, Pastor Otabil charged the youth to overlook political parties in getting the leadership of the country to pursue policies that would create conducive environment for businesses to thrive.

“The right environment is not NPP or NDC,” he pointed out. “Parties don’t govern nations, laws and policies govern nations. Go beyond party names and start examining policies and demanding policies that will make you thrive,” he added.

Opposite Direction
Pastor Otabil, who is the founder of arguably Ghana’s most successful private university - Central University College – said, “The most frustrating efforts in life is that you are trying to move but everything in the system is going against you in the opposite direction.

“If we want to create dreamers we must create a nation with dreams. If we want to create dreamers in our nation then the laws of this nation must facilitate the dreams of people. If we want to create dreamers then the policies we put in place must not lead us in the opposite direction but must facilitate where we are going.”

Daring To Dream
He underscored, “Dreaming is not just about you alone having the plan but also the environment you are operating.  It could be your nation, the family, a job, an office that you work in. Whatever system you operate in, it has to help you to get there.

“A person can be so good but if he is planted in a wrong environment he is going to turn out so bad and it has nothing to do with his ability or capacity. It has to do with the environment he is planted in.”

He said the current environment in the country is “killing the dreams of you men and young women,” and queried, “How can people go to university and for years, not know what to do and people with great potential not fulfill their potential?”

Staying For Success
Pastor Otabil said it does not have to take people to travel outside the country before they can succeed insisting, “We have to demand that in our own country, the sulphar that poisons talents is removed so that you and I can stay here and succeed and have a success story whether as musicians, as medical doctors, as engineers, as footballers.

“Whatever we do, we must succeed because we don’t have two lives. I don’t believe in reincarnation. This is the final game! This is all you have. This is all I have. And if I waste my time and my life, I am wasting my talent and my opportunities.” 

He observed, “The challenge for nations like Ghana is not the challenge of talented citizens.  It is the challenge of poisonous environment - an environment that has been poisoned by ordinariness, by mediocrity and sometimes by a clear agenda to destroy talent.

“How can a nation be great when its systems are fighting the talents of its people? For a nation to be great, its laws have to facilitate growth. You cannot overtax businesses and kill them and hope they will survive at the same time. It doesn’t work that way. If we want businesses to survive and thrive, we have to create an environment for businesses to thrive.”

Impossible Scenarios
“If Mark Zuckerberg was a Ghanaian and had the idea of facebook, would his idea have thrived? If Steve Jobs had a great idea of the Apple and was a thriving Computer Engineer in Kokomlemle, would he have built that world-class brand? I don’t know but it seems to me all of us agreed it would have been extraordinary for them to have succeeded. So what is the difference between Mark Zuckerberg and you? Steve Jobs and you? It is not brains, it is the environment!” Pastor Mensah Otabil stressed.

He wondered, “How can one man (Zuckerberg) be richer than our own country? It’s an insult to our intelligence. A man who wasn’t born during our independence is richer than all of us put together!
“It is not funny to me. It is annoying to me. It is an insult to me and my human potential and what God created me to be able to achieve.”

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