During a lecture at Ashesi University College, Dr. Samuel Koranteng Pipim discussed the problem of under-development in Africa and challenged students to be part of the solution. He stated four steps or principles that will aid Africans in their quest to improve conditions on the continent. The first step is to know and understand the problem. He stated that the problems in Africa could not be solved without understanding what caused the problem to exist. Second, he believes that Africa needed to grow people to think outside the box. Dr. Pipim quoted a Chinese proverb that said “if you want one year of prosperity, grow grains; if you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees; and if you want 100 years of prosperity grow people”. Dr. Pipim argued that there was a need for Africa to invest in its human resource and improve education throughout the continent. Third, he said Africans should pursue excellence. He stated that the world will only listens to persons who have excelled. Africans should not settle for second best, but should always strive to be excellent. Finally, Dr. Pipim argued, “Do not underestimate the power of one, YOU.” He underlined the importance of individual people in brining about change. Concluding, he encouraged students not to underestimate their potential, saying that students could improve their societies now; there was no reason to wait until after school.
Dr. Samuel Koranteng Pipim, an African thinker, author, and speaker, was trained in engineering and systematic theology. Born and reared in Ghana, he currently resides in the USA where he directs a campus ministry, serving students, faculty, and staff at the University of Michigan. He has authored and co-authored more than fifteen books, three of which are best-sellers. His books Patience in the Midst of Trials and Afflictions, This Is Love and Not for Sale have been a blessing to thousands. His latest book is Healed Wounds, But Ugly Scars; it deals with choices and consequences.