One-man faiths armed with loudspeakers proliferate in Ghanas fast-growing capital. But as the city goes noisier, residents are fighting back
” If you flout the statutes of God, the serpent will burn you. Satan will consume 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 orators amplifying his evangelism. Passersby stop to receive devotions and boons, some convulsing their coin provides from moving cars.
In Accra, you are never far away from religious sermons. According to one gues, there are approximately 10 faiths per sq km, and open-air preach, whether on 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 gets noisier, residents are becoming more willing to fight back- developing 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 parties complained. He conceives those who complain about the noise are not true Christians.