One-man faiths forearmed with loudspeakers proliferate in Ghanas fast-growing capital. But as the city gets noisier, occupants are opposing back
” If you flout the laws of God, the serpent will bite you. Satan will exhaust you ,” shouts Apostle Michael Sarfo at a major street intersection in Ghana’s capital, Accra. He preaches for five hours every weekday morning, with a stack of loudspeakers enlarging his evangelism. Passersby stop to receive prayers and approvals, some convulsing their money provides from moving cars.
In Accra, you are never far away from religious speeches. According to one approximation, there are approximately 10 religions per sq km, and open-air evangelism, whether on forms of public transport, in bus terminals or at superhighway intersections, is commonplace.
The population of Greater Accra was about 4 million in 2010, but the city’s rapid growth has meant that quantity is expected to reach nearly 10 million by 2037. And as the population increases and the city get noisier, tenants are becoming more willing to fight back- developing in a rise in interference complaints.
Sarfo has been preaching at this intersection with his speaker system for the past four years. He says he used to be a lot louder but lowered his heights after people deplored. He feels all the persons who complain about the noise are not true Christians.