Corruption in Matrimony with Religion in Ghana: Questioning the Possibility

AUTHORS : George Anderson Jnr & Margaret Makafui Tayviah
ISSUE: June 2019 Volume 1 Number 2 Article 11
PAGES : 112 – 120
DOI : 10.32051/06241911

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Abstract

Statistically, 71.2% of Ghanaians profess Christianity, 17.6% profess Islam, and 5.2% are African Traditional adherents. Given the statistical index above, one expects to see corrupt-free practices in the country. Yet, the opposite case exists. Using the descriptive research design of qualitative study, this paper explores some of the possibilities that have accounted for the wake of corruption in Ghana in spite of high religiosity, numerous Christian churches and religious institutions in the country. The paper argues that many churches in Ghana focus on prosperity and wealth of their members which could lead to corruption; poverty abounds, and there exists a moral failure that pertains to the consciousness and conscience of majority of Ghanaians on corrupt practices. In that regard, this paper recommends that every religious and non-religious Ghanaian should eschew corrupt practices and be advocates for zero tolerance of corruption.

Author Biodata: GEORGE ANDERSON JNR, MPhil  is a Teaching Associate in Christian Ethics and Religion in the Department of Religion and Human Values, in the University of Cape Coast. Currently, he is PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. His research interests are in Christian Ethics, Religion and Business, and Pentecostal/Charismatic and Neo-Prophetic Studies. MARGARET MAKAFUI TAYVIAH, PhD is a Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Her research interests are in Religion, Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations in Ghana.