Original Research - Special Collection: Interreligious Dialogue

Prophecies in politics: A review of integrity, impact on voter-behaviour and good governance

Daniel O. Orogun
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 79, No 2 | a8685 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v79i2.8685 | © 2023 Daniel O. Orogun | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 March 2023 | Published: 17 November 2023

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Daniel O. Orogun, Department of Religion Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


This paper examined the integrity, impact and good governance value of election prophecies (EPs) in the last 20 years in selected African countries juxtaposed with President Donald Trump’s EPs in America. As a primary source, empirical research was conducted alongside a historical survey. The data collected from 519 respondents revealed that a majority believe in prophecies, but they queried the integrity, impact and value of EPs due to the inconsistency, inaccuracy, confusion and unhealthy public panics engendered. Despite the adverse effects, many adherents still subscribe to the phenomenon due to the psychological and emotional influence. Subsequently, this article critiqued the research outcome through Biblical Theology. It held that EPs remain vital in the public life of nations, but the current approach in Africa needs some review. These include: (1) the need to revisit the tasks of prophets as Hope givers, Reformers and those who speak truth to power in pre- and post-election seasons; (2) the scrutiny of EPs by the plurality of Prophets, ecumenical leaders and the public, with the four suggested evaluation indices; and (3) the need to curb the negative effect of EPs on healthy electoral processes using enacted public account policies.

Contribution: This article contributes to an interdisciplinary religious aspect of research covering Biblical theology, psephology and politics.


prophecies; election; voter behaviour; good governance; inaccuracy; inconsistency.

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