“It was God.”
I am sure that you have heard this response so many times when someone who has succeeded at an endeavour is asked for the secret of their success. Perhaps it is because of our religious zeal as a nation, and/or a false sense of humility, usually when asked, the person replies, “It was God.” With all due response to everyone’s sense of spirituality, I find that answer simply silly. Answers like that are part of the reasons why we do not develop as a people. You see, when you say “It was God”, instead of sharing practical knowledge and wisdom that others can use, you keep others from learning. Your wisdom and experience are wasted. You live and die with them.
We have a dearth of practical knowledge and wisdom in this country. We need to change this. We need to build capacity. When asked how you accomplished a project, built a successful company, or carried out a task successfully, please spare us the religious lingo and share in plain language (not unknown tongues) exactly what principles you deployed, and what steps you took to accomplish it. That way, others can learn. When others learn, they can replicate success in their endeavours. When that begins to happen on a widespread scale, we will be on our way to sustainable development as a nation. Until then, we are playing games.
We all already know that Oluwa is involved. It is God. Yes; to God be the glory, but please tell us how you did it. Praise the Lord. Can I have an Amen in the house?
Of course, if you paid a bribe to get that contract, cut corners to get the job done, or just fumbled around till you succeeded by a stroke of luck, it is very convenient to just tell us that it was God. In Nigeria, that phrase is a powerful gate pass.