Prof. Enoch Opoku Antwi

Ghanaian professor of leadership and management at Viterbo University’s Dahl School of Business, Enoch Opoku Antwi, says Ghanaians and to an extent, Africans, are mostly not a people who live by principles.

According to him, it is the reason Ghana as well as other African countries are underdeveloped.

Prof. Opoku Antwi argues that the nature of Ghana’s democracy makes politicians more of investors than leaders.

Speaking in at interview at the sidelines of the launch of the Africa Centre for Entrepreneurship and Youth Empowerment’s (ACEYE) Scholars Club initiative earlier this month, Prof Opoku Antwi said a principled people will not accept money from politicians so they vote for them.

“The expectations of our people is now corrupt leaders. Ghanaians and for that matter Africans are people of circumstance. They are not people of principle and that is our problem. If you have people of principle, you won’t take money from someone to vote for because our leaders are just servants. So when we elect leaders because they are not paying us but we are rather selecting the best among us to lead us, I think Africa is going to go forward.”

Sharing his thoughts on the ACEYE Scholars Club, the Professor said the move by the youth focused think-tank aimed at imbibing in young people the free market philosophy and economics is expedient.

“In advanced worlds, students come together to share ideas of common interests. They have curious brains so if we give them the right tools and the right modules, I think they can change our world. These are the things we need in our universities. Leaders who can change our world,” he said.

The club so far has inaugurated chapters in the Ghana Institute of Journalism, University of Mines and Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Ghana.

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