On Motivational Speakers in Ghana, and Things that Make Me Sad

Anytime I see or hear an advert for a conference/seminar such as the Springboard show or some other motivational speech frenzy sort of show, I get very irritated.

This morning, Albert Ocran andĀ  Prince Kofi Amoabeng will be on the Super Morning Show (Joy fm) to “look at what it takes to create the next generation of dollar millionaires in the midst of everything that’s happening in Ghana” Something about “WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A MILLIONAIRE”

I don’t really have anything against people desiring to be rich, but statements and themes like this leave me with a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t think I support Communist principles, because I don’t know all of them, but I have a problem with this desire to be super rich in the midst of poverty.

I really wish the Springboard roadshow would be a motivational conference that would motivate young Ghanaians to work to solve Ghana’s problems without necessarily thinking of how the solutions would enrich them.

This morning, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is asking us to put all our complaints about the problems in Ghana aside, and tell him how we plan to make 5 million dollars in the next five years.

Someone wrote that Volunteerism is dead in Ghana, I disagree, but I think Volunteerism is very ill. We have too many people asking “what’s in it for me? How do I make a million dollars from this?”.

What happened to simply wanting to help?

Again, I understand the need to make enough money to look after oneself and one’s loved ones. What I don’t understand is the desire to be absolutely completely rich. Perhaps I’m just crazy, or perhaps I’m not there yet…

Ghana really needs people who are not thinking in this get-rich-quick way, and people like Albert Ocran, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Kofi Amoabeng etc are not helping.
They are people that a lot of our youth look up to, and it’s really sad that this is how they are thinking.