One-man faiths armed with loudspeakers proliferate in Ghanas fast-growing capital. But as the city get noisier, residents are fighting back
” If you flout the laws of God, the serpent will bite you. Satan will exhaust you ,” outcries Apostle Michael Sarfo at a major road intersection in Ghana’s capital, Accra. He urges for five hours every weekday morning, with a stack of loudspeakers amplifying his evangelism. Passersby stop to receive devotions and praises, some flinging their money gives from moving cars.
In Accra, you are never far away from religious sermons. Harmonizing to one reckon, there are approximately 10 faiths per sq km, and open-air preaching, whether on public transport, in bus terminals or at road intersections, is commonplace.
The population of Greater Accra was about 4 million in 2010, but the city’s rapid growth means that numeral is expected to reach nearly 10 million by 2037. And as the population increases and the city goes noisier, occupants are becoming more willing to fight back- ensuing in an increase in racket 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 tiers after beings grumbled. He speculates those who complain about the noise are not true Christians.