One-man churches armed with loudspeakers proliferate in Ghanas fast-growing capital. But as the city gets noisier, occupants are fighting back
” If you disobey the laws of God, the serpent will pierce you. Satan will devour you ,” hollers 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 talkers enlarging his evangelism. Passersby stop to receive devotions and bless, some tossing their fund gives from moving cars.
In Accra, you are never far from religious sermons. Harmonizing to one estimate, there are approximately 10 religions per sq km, and open-air preaching, whether on modes 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 means that number is expected to reach nearly 10 million by 2037. And as entire populations grows and the city gets noisier, residents are becoming more willing to fight back- ensuing 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 levels after parties grumbled. He accepts those who complain about the racket are not true Christians.