I knew we’ll come back to this mantra one day – two years after I first wrote about it.
There’s no semblance of truth to it but it’s a nice refrain to repeat to a religious populace that would gobble such things up because they desperately want it to be true.
It’s not everything that one hears from Prophet Kumchacha that’s exactly ‘food for thought’, but these are words that most Ghanaians would really agree with so perhaps a little debunking is in line.
Kumchacha was speaking to Onua Fm when he passed the comments that education is not necessarily needed to succeed in life. According to him, favour from God is more crucial to one’s success.
“Education does not mean success but God’s favour. Everyone needs God’s favour to be successful” he is reported to have said.
The first part of that sentence is brilliant, of course education alone does not guarantee success. It helps, but it’s no sole guarantor – Kumchacha himself is a good example of that. But then saying God’s grace is what leads to success then just drops us down the rabbit hole of no return.
For starters, how do you measure God’s grace? There are many poor Christians in Ghana, they line up the churches every weekend to fill their pastor’s pockets with their pennies in search of this elusive ‘God’s favour’. Many atheists and non-Christians are remarkably successful the world over, including two of the richest men in the world – Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
It’s easily provable that one does not need God’s favour to succeed, just as you’re statistically more likely to be successful if you’re educated than if you’re not.