One-man religions forearmed with loudspeakers proliferate in Ghanas fast-growing capital. But as the city gets noisier, residents are fighting back
” If you disobey the laws of God, the serpent will pierce you. Satan will exhaust you ,” shouts Apostle Michael Sarfo at a major superhighway intersection in Ghana’s capital, Accra. He urges for five hours every weekday morning, with a stack of orators amplifying his evangelism. Passersby stop to receive prayers and praises, some tossing their fund gives from moving cars.
In Accra, you are never far from religious sermons. According to one estimate, there are approximately 10 religions 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 number is expected to reach nearly 10 million by 2037. And as the population multiplies and the city gets noisier, tenants are becoming more willing to fight back- developing in a rise in noise 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 beings complained. He believes those who complain about the noise are not true Christians.